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By Lucy Duncan
Published: August 7, 2013

Note: Here is a brief exchange between Vincent Harding, an author of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam and Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. and Paul Ricketts, a Quaker from Indiana, that occurred during Harding’s book talk on “Hope and History: Why we must Share the Story of the Movement” at the...

By Laura Magnani
Published: July 30, 2013

Note: Laura Magnani, a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., and the director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice program, tells the story of how local Quaker congregations accompanied a formerly incarcerated man back into the community.

A few years ago Arthur (not his real name) sent a letter to Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting from a state mental hospital, asking about Friends practices and about friendship. He expected eventually to parole to our area, but as a sex offender, he knew...

By Max Carter
Published: July 23, 2013

Note: Max Carter, the Director of the Friends Center at Guilford College, has led study tours to Israel-Palestine in the summer for many years. He sent me this post after returning from his most recent trip. - Lucy

On the recent annual service-learning trip to Palestine/Israel that my wife and I lead under the sponsorship of Friends United Meeting, an international Quaker organization, we had a unique experience of "the Arab Street."  A term typically used in reference to Arab public opinion, the Arab street took on a more literal meaning for us when our group...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: July 20, 2013

Note: All included images are by Michael Fleshman.

“The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Audre Lorde

It took me a few days to cry after the George Zimmerman verdict. I read posts and kept connected via social media, went to the rally in Love Park in Philadelphia, and felt the deep resignation, sadness, and holy rage that was there. I watched the video in which...

By Niyonu Spann
Published: July 16, 2013

Note: My friend Niyonu Spann, a Quaker healer who has been a very important teacher to me, posted the below piece on Facebook earlier this week. She graciously gave me permission to re-publish it here. Her reflection offers a sense of the unmediated pain of the George Zimmerman verdict and some sense of the deep need for healing from the disease of racism NOW.

The image is by artist Ricardo Levins Morales, whose powerful work you can see on his website...