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Posts from February 2016

Machu Picchu with terraces
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: February 29, 2016

 “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” - Mexican Proverb 

I spent the last two weeks of January in Peru attending the Friends World Committee for Consultation world plenary meeting. There were participants from 37 countries and 77 yearly meetings. We met in the Sacred Valley of the Inca and were surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Worshipping there under the care of...

By: Sam Lemon
Published: February 16, 2016

Sam Lemon is a member of Providence Monthly Meeting in Media, PA. In this spiritual autobiography, Sam describes his inward journey as a Quaker and the way it connects to his outward journey for racial justice. This is the second installment in a series featuring the writings of contemporary Black Quakers on the subject of Black Lives Matter. 

Among my earliest memories, are those of sitting in my family’s pew in our old Anglican church looking up toward the vaulted wooden ceiling, mesmerized by the massive oil painting above...

Candelight vigil for Sandra Bland
By: Sarah Willie-LeBreton
Published: February 10, 2016

Sarah Willie-LeBreton is a Black Quaker who teaches Sociology at Swarthmore College. This piece connects past and present, self and community, and Spirit and action in an exploration of Black Lives Matter. This is the first installment of a series in honor of Black History Month featuring the writings of contemporary Black Quakers on the subject of Black Lives Matter.

Religious practice can be the intersection between our best collective selves and an attempt to come to terms with the deepest moments we experience as...

Black Lives Matter light brigading by Joe Brusky via Flickr CC
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: February 4, 2016

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men [sic] are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions....

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and...