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By Lucy Duncan
Published: April 4, 2014

Note: Here is a slide show of the 2014 AFSC Corporation Meeting, the theme of which was, "Working Steadfastly for Peace in Israel-Palestine." Friends from throughout the United States gathered to learn together with AFSC staff, to conduct business, and to worship together. One Friend said, "I value the work of talented, dedicated staff and volunteers at all levels. I value the role of spirit/worship in AFSC's work. This meeting has been one of the best experiences of my life." Hopefully these photos convey the spirit and energy of the meeting. For more information about the meeting,...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: March 26, 2014

If you hang around Quaker circles long enough, you are likely to pick up on an often unexpressed tension between what are called the “mystics” and the “activists;" those who express their faith by doing, by acting in the world, by addressing social concerns, and those who prefer to express their faith through contemplation, conversation, and other spiritual practices. 

Both of these expressions of faith are absolutely crucial for a world transformed, both spiritually and socially.  When combined, they lead to the development of real, human relationships that plant the...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: March 20, 2014

Epistle arising from American Friends Service Committee Corporation Meeting March 6-8, 2014

To Friends Everywhere:

The annual meeting of the American Friends Service Committee’s Corporation was convened on March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia by Arlene W. Kelly, Presiding Clerk of the Corporation, with optimism and celebration of 97 years of AFSC service.

Some Friends came on canes, walkers, crutches or braces. But don’t be fooled: Corporation members representing U.S. yearly meetings traveled long distances through inclement weather to reach AFSC’s annual...

By C. Wess Daniels
Published: March 12, 2014

Note: This post is the prepared message by Wess Daniels offered to the AFSC Corporation meeting this past weekend during semi-programmed worship. Wess is the pastor of Camas Friends Church in Washington state and he offered this in the context of the meeting theme which was, "Steadfastly working for just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine." I found his words moving and challenging and hope you will, too. - Lucy


The Eagle, Chickens and Single-Stories


A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The...

By Douglas Bennett
Published: March 5, 2014

In worship this morning, I found myself thinking ahead to next week’s AFSC Corporation Meeting. I wasn’t surprised to find myself wondering, “Can we sing together?”

I was visiting at Durham Meeting with my son Robbie rather than worshipping at Brunswick Friends Meeting where we normally go. I was not surprised when we began by singing some hymns; I knew Durham describes itself as semi-programmed. They sing as they gather, various people calling out suggested hymns that especially speak to them that day. It reminded us both of First Friends in Richmond (IN), a programmed meeting...