Acting in Faith

Powerful fiction: An interview with the writers of "Gaza Writes Back"

Gaza Writes Back Speaking Tour, Yousef Reading

Yousef reading his short story in "Gaza Writes Back" during an event earlier this month at Friends' Center.

Reading the short stories from the new book, “Gaza Writes Back: Short stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine,” I was struck by the stories’ deep humanity. 

The fictional pieces connect the reader not only to the daily threat of violence, dispossession and oppression experienced daily in the Gaza strip—they connect the reader to the minds and hearts of the Palestinian people, full of passion, humility and power, despite the odds. 

Working steadfastly for peace: The 2014 AFSC Corporation meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

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.

Active mystics

Shan Cretin, Corporation 2014

Shan Cretin presenting on AFSC's work at this year's Corporation Meeting.

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. 

A community of seekers gathered for peace: To Friends everywhere

Jenn Piper leads members in an immigration game

Jenn Piper leads members in an immigration game

Jenn Piper leads members in an immigration game

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.

Zacchaeus, angelic troublemakers and hearts broken open

Eagle soaring

Eagle soaring

Eagle soaring

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

 

Can we sing together?

Corporation 2013, Empty benches

Race Street Meeting house during the 2013 Corporation Meeting.

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?”

The Inward Teacher: Excerpts from Black Fire

Tree painting by Lucy Duncan

Tree by Lucy Duncan

Often when Quakers speak of the Divine, they are referring to a deeply internal experience, an experience of being filled with Truth and Love. Often they witness the Divine when sitting together in silent worship.  But many times they do not.  The inward experience is one of being guided, of being transformed from a place of shadow to a place of light; of bondage to freedom; of despair to hope.

AFSC: A conduit for Continuing Revelation

AFSC Corporation Meeting

AFSC Corporation Meeting

AFSC Corporation Meeting

Note: This is the second of a series of posts of African American Quakers talking about Quaker faith and AFSC's significance in their faith journey. Phil Lord is the rising clerk of AFSC's Board. He offers here a stirring message about the spiritual grounding and foundation of the organization. - Lucy

Surrendered and trusting hearts

Built by love? Excerpts on Quakers and race

Mural on the Women's Builiding, San Francisco

Mural on the Women's Builiding, San Francisco

Mural on the Women's Builiding, San Francisco

Quaker faith—like so many religions in this country—has often struggled to uphold its core commitment to peace and justice, particularly when it comes to race.

Variance: A reflection on Quakers, Christianity and racial justice

Dance

Dance

Dance

Note: This month Madeline and I have asked several African-American Quakers to reflect on several queries and write respones. We invited each person to reflect on questions about Quaker faith, what gets in the way, and AFSC's role in his/her faith life. This piece by Paul Ricketts, who has had a long relationship with AFSC, also responds to queries posed via a social media channel. Paul offers a challenging invitation to address white supremacy and racism within Quaker circles to more fully realize our faith commitments. - Lucy

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