Remembering Michael McConnell

Michael holding baton

Michael holding baton

Michael McConnell served as regional director for AFSC's Great Lakes Region starting in January 1990, and in June 2012 he took on the same role for the new Midwest region. He passed away on April 7, 2013.

Michael became a passionate and creative leader in AFSC and with many partners for building our programs to challenge war and preparations for war, while lifting up alternatives. He was one of our chief thinkers and strategists for work on ending war and violent response to conflict, from developing the “Eyes Wide Open” campaign to our current F-35 campaign on military spending. He supported creative and effective programs dealing with healing justice, immigrant rights, peace, and economic justice across the region and the whole of AFSC, nurturing leadership qualities among staff and championing opportunities for young people to engage in AFSC work and gain knowledge, skills and passion for peace with justice.

Michael's legacy is deep and enduring. Collected here are the reflections of AFSC staff, including those in the Midwest region, who greatly loved Michael and will carry on his legacy.

Wake and memorial service

Michael McConnell Memorial Service

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Family and friends celebrated the life of Michael McConnell on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Wellington Avenue Church of Christ in Chicago. Michael served as peace minister at the church for 41 years and as regional director for AFSC for 23 years. A reception was held following the services. Photos by Mama Nozipo Glenn and Jon Krieg.

Family and friends celebrated the life of Michael McConnell on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Wellington Avenue Church of Christ in Chicago.

Michael served as peace minister at the church for 41 years and as regional director for AFSC for 23 years. A reception was held following the services.

Photos: Mama Nozipo Glenn and Jon Krieg

Regional directors reflect on Michael McConnell's life

Keith Harvey, Regional Director of AFSC's Northeast Regional Office, compiled these remembrances of Michael offered by former and current AFSC regional directors.

For Michael from Ann Francis

Ann Francis, a former co-clerk of AFSC's Midwest Regional Executive Committee, shares this remembrance and poem in honor of Michael McConnell.

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