AFSC Friends Liaisons connect their meetings and churches to the work of AFSC and inspire action on AFSC's key issues. Here are 13 ways to engage your Quaker meeting or church with AFSC. By engaging with Friends and providing resources for spiritually-grounded social justice work, the program seeks to support a movement of Friends working for lasting peace with justice.
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13 ways your meeting/church can work with AFSC for just peace
1. Sign up for AFSC's weekly eNews Weekend Reading.
Get updates about our work, join calls to action and hear about learning and other engagement opportunities with this thoughtful weekly update from AFSC.
2. Invite white Friends in your meeting to take the Radical Acting in Faith for white people e-course.
In 2020 in response to a request from Shanene Herbert, program director in our Twin Cities office, and in the context of the uprisings after George Floyds' murder by the police, Shanene and Sharon Goens-Bradley co-designed this e-course with facilitators Lucy Duncan, Mila Hamlton, and Lisa Graustein to deepen Friends' agility to work for racial justice. Join together in a small group from your meeting and engage in deep, embodied learning and practice with other white people of faith working to end white supremacy. Learn more and access this resource here.
3. Engage Friends with the Friends Engage pages of AFSC’s website.
Host an event, learn about Quaker social change ministry, learn and connect with tips and resources designed for the Quaker community.
4. Participate in our Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves e-course and learn to accompany for social change
Do you want to joing a community of faith committed to taking action as well as regularly reflecting? Are you seeking ways to offer grounded solicarity that do not reproduce oppressive practices? Join our self-study e-course and learn accompaniment as a powerful spiritual tool. This is a four-session e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.
5. Connect spirit to social witness using our Introduction to the Quaker Testimonies.
This resource seeks to distill and share the Quaker testimonies that underlie both what we do and how we aspire to do it, with thoughts about living out each testimony, queries, and quotations for reflection. We've also created a study guide to provide Quaker meeting/churches with ways to interact with the material in Adult Religious Education settings or with high school Friends.
6. Explore our "5 ways to get involved" pages and encourage your meeting to engage with AFSC Key Issues.
Did you know that AFSC Programs and Friends Relations have created "5 ways to get involved" pages for a variety AFSC Key Issues: Healing Justice, Immigrant Justice, and Israel/Palestine. Join the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.
7. As a Quaker meeting, nominate an organization or individual for the Nobel Peace Prize.
8. Engage Friends in conversations about undoing racism drawing from posts at Acting in Faith and the "Denormalizing Whiteness for Racial Justice" resource guide.
9. Bring an AFSC staff member to present at your monthly, quarterly, or yearly meeting or church.
10. Promote AFSC on social media, follow us on twitter, FaceBook, Instagram and share our posts!
11. Participate in an AFSC workshop or other AFSC organized program at the FGC Gathering.
AFSC staff regularly participate in the FGC Gathering. See the current offerings here.
12. Invite members or attenders of your meeting/church to share a story at our Peace Works: Century of Action website.
For 100 years, we have worked together for peace and justice. Explore these stories and add your own, or encourage a Friend to do so, as we celebrate AFSC's past and future. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
13. Learn more about the Quaker Social Change Ministry pilot program and consider joining with a small group in your meeting/church.
AFSC is excited to bring the Quaker Social Change Ministry pilot program to Friends. Developed by three Unitarian Universalist ministers in the Denver area, Quaker Social Change Ministry is a Spirit-led, relationship based approached to social change work. Learn more here. Read Organizing with the Spirit, a blog post about the model by Lucy Duncan.
Engage! Find all of these actions here.