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Workshops: Invite AFSC staff to lead sessions at your Quaker meeting/church or yearly meeting

Maggie Fogarty leading a workshop at the FGC Gathering in 2019

AFSC staff are experienced workshop facilitators and, depending upon availability, open to invitations to lead workshops at your meeting, church, or yearly meeting. Contact if you would like to inquire about hosting a workshop online or in person.

Bystander Intervention: Have you ever wondered what should you do if you witness public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, or another form of oppressive interpersonal violence or harassment? As white supremacist violence is on the rise, it is more important than ever that we know how to keep each other safe. In this training you will learn proven tips for intervening and get a chance to practice with role plays and scenarios. Learn more here.

Quaker social change ministry: Quaker Social Change Ministry (QSCM) provides a simple but transformative approach to doing social change work, bringing together small groups of Friends to focus on an issue that connects the congregation, the local community, and AFSC. A Quaker Social Change Ministry group is a place to worship, build trust, take risks, make mistakes, learn together, and deepen the connection between social change and spiritual growth. The model foregrounds spiritual practice and social change work done through the power of accompaniment of those most impacted by the issues. In this workshop you will learn both the elements of the spiritual practices and how to engage in principled accompaniment for social change. This is usually offered as a two session webinar series. 

Principled accompaniment for social change:  AFSC strives to center those most impacted by the issues we work on in all our work. But how do we interrupt patterns of white supremacy and the desire to be “in charge,” so that the folks impacted can lead and we can support their visions for justice? In this workshop, you will learn how to listen deeply to BIPOC, what it means to be a co-conspirator in a lived, embodied way, and skills and practices that can support you in mindfully accompanying the communities and BIPOC led movements seeking justice.

Community safety beyond policing: We want everyone in our communities to feel safe - and be treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve. But how can we make that happen? This training explores how we can create safe, healthy communities without law enforcement. We will take the community through stories, information sharing and exercises that explore these questions. Small group sessions are included.

Community safety beyond policing train the trainer version: We want everyone in our communities to feel safe - and be treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve. But how can we make that happen? If you are interested in holding your own community conversation on how we can create safe, healthy communities without law enforcement, this online training is for you. We will provide you with tools, talking points based on research, and small group sessions to practice skills.

How to talk about the issues that matter: Finding ways to communicate with each other has never been more important. But it can be especially difficult to talk about issues like immigration, policing, incarceration, racism, and inequality in our increasingly divided world. Research can show us which shared values can help us communicate effectively about the issues that matter. In this workshop you will learn how to identify your audience and then craft a compelling message based on the values that you share.  

AFSC’s plans through 2030: After celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2017, we were inspired to explore what we can accomplish in our second 100 years. After a deeply consultative process, we now have a bold plan that takes us through 2030. We find ourselves facing a global pandemic that is raising old questions in new ways. What keeps us safe? How do we build community in fractured societies? Where should we commit our energies to ensure just peace is durable? In this webinar you’ll learn about our work and ways you can engage with us.

No Way to Treat a Child: In 2015, AFSC and Defense for Children International-Palestine launched the No Way to Treat a Child campaign to challenge the Israeli occupation of Palestinians by exposing the systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. Since then, the campaign has mobilized Quakers, other faith communities, and many others across the U.S. to urge Congress to work to stop the detention of Palestinian children and end the occupation. In this webinar you will learn more about the campaign and ways your Quaker meetings can get involved. Learn more here.