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Acting in Faith

By: Clark Reddy
Published: September 18, 2014

Note: This is the first of a series of several posts written in response to Rufus Jone’s essay, “What will get us Ready?” which he wrote in 1944 and wondered about Quakers role in facing the crises and tumult of the day and whether Quakers were ready to step into the breach. Here Clark Reddy responds to the question considering our current crises and quandaries.

All images are of the James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Meeting, the photo to the left...

By: Mati Gomis-Perez
Published: September 11, 2014

Note: Mati Gomis-Perez is AFSC's Country Representative for Israel and Palestine. Last week she went into Gaza after Operation Protective Edge and speaks about the impacts of the bombardment and occupation, and what's next. This is the most recent is a series of posts on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory by AFSC staff. You can read all of them here. - Lucy

Going into Gaza through the Erez crossing on the morning after the signing of...

Prison bound by Thomas Hawk
By: Laura Magnani
Published: September 4, 2014

Note: This year Laura Magnani gave the final plenary address at the FGC Gathering. She focused her remarks on her long years working within and outside the criminal justice system, grappling with a system which she believes embodies and carries out evil.  In her talk she spoke about the power of nonviolence and love to upend both the racism out of which mass incarceration has arisen and the system itself and to find a way to a “new normal” based on transformative justice.

During the week of the FGC Gathering, before Laura’s talk, Friends kept having table conversations...

Watercolor by Quaker Sarah Mapps Douglass
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: August 31, 2014
It’s been a hard summer. From the bombardment on Gaza to the refugee children on the border to Ferguson, it feels as though the world is cracking apart and oppressive policies and the militaries or police that protect them are proceeding with impunity. The consequences of the twisted systems in which we live are being exposed. People all over the world are crying out for justice and connecting their struggles.  
It is my prayer that the recent violence and crackdowns are a backlash against a tide that is turning, a spiritual awakening that is moving to shift away...
By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: August 19, 2014

Summer is Quaker travel season, a time when Yearly Meeting annual sessions and Quaker gatherings of all sorts occur one after the other, often concurrently, from the middle of May until early September.  As the AFSC Friends Relations Associate, I traveled to a total of six Quaker conferences or business sessions this summer, talking about and presenting different aspects of AFSC’s work.  Each session was imbued with its own flavor of Quaker faith and practice, heavily influenced by the unique geographical, political, and social context of its member meetings and churches.