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Shan Cretin, AFSC and Diane repsenting FCNL.

Recent Post at Acting in Faith

Three post on healing from trauma

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In early April, 34 Quakers gathered together at Pendle Hill study and retreat center for a consultation co-sponsored by AFSC and FCNL to consider a new vision for U.S. foreign policy and a new image for the U.S.’s role in the world.

In the two days, we deeply explored American exceptionalism, the huge investment the U.S. has made in war-making, and what might be needed to begin to shift the way the U.S. interacts in the global community.

It was a huge, ambitious undertaking, but my sense was that the Spirit and energy rose in that space, and we ended up with unity on a statement as well as a shared commitment to bring the ideas we had discussed to the Quaker world to serve as carriers of the message well beyond Quakers.

In May, FCNL and AFSC launched a new website that includes the full document, a discussion guide, blog posts, and a space for readers to comment. Please visit the Shared Security page, read the document, share it with your meeting/church, and share your responses.

We are excited about what might emerge from this collaboration between AFSC, FCNL, and the Quaker community, and we are hopeful that the document might make a real difference in the role the U.S. plays in the world.

I’m very excited to share this with you and energized by the conversations that have begun about it among Friends.

In Peace,


Lucy, Friends Liaison

Recent Posts at Acting in Faith

‘Tis a gift to be free: A sermon on simplicity

Forty young adult Friends met together for a conference at Pendle Hill in June, and Tai Amri Spann-Wilson offered a powerful sermon on simplicity:

“We may not have a screen to look at or a remote controlled helicopter, but we have something far better, we have one another, and the Bible says where two or more are gathered so is G-d. This simplicity of the barren lands is this, all we have is one another, all we can own is love.” Read more.

Three posts on healing from trauma

Three AFSC staff members attended the Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) training at Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore in May. We published three blog posts on the experience. One, Stone in the Belly, describes an exercise that explores the impact of trauma. In another, I list 49 elements we identified for building trust in community. In a third post, Aarati Kasturirangan powerfully describes an exercise in which we explored the love we’d experienced in our lives.

Fresh voice of resistance: An interview with Lane Hirabayashi

Madeline Schaefer recently interviewed Lane Hirabayashi, Gordon Hirabayashi’s nephew, about his new book on Gordon’s life, A Principled Stand. In 1942, Gordon (1918-2012) refused to obey the 8 p.m. curfew for Japanese-Americans established after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After turning himself in to the FBI, Gordon was sentenced to 90 days in prison, and appealed his case all the way up to the Supreme Court, with the help of Quakers and AFSC. Read more.

Nourished by our Quaker past: Growing and sharing food in community

I live in a Quaker cemetery with a huge community garden. This space seems often to me a metaphor for the transformation to which Quakers are called.
“I hope that we begin to understand more deeply that our treasures, whether burial grounds, meeting houses, or Quaker practice and tradition, are not ours alone—that our continued survival and relevance is connected to sharing what we know and understand with others in and beyond our communities, and to learning with and from our neighbors.” Read more.

Take Action

Tell Congress to stop funding the militarization of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Ask your legislators to support those pushing for freedom, equality, and justice and engaged in nonviolent popular resistance. Take action.

Explore resources for Quaker meetings/churches for working for the end of the conflict in Israel Palestine at Acting in Faith.

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