Recent Posts at Acting in Faith
Realizing the Dream: a conversation with Vincent Harding
Madeline and I got to spend a few hours with Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering in Greeley in July. We savored his loving, challenging presence and words. He said, “So I think one assignment we could give to ourselves again for the 50th anniversary is to really talk to ourselves and talk to each other about that matter; how do we get to know the content of each other’s character, and can we know it without engaging each other honestly in dialogue, honoring each other in conversation.” Read more.
Vincent Harding on creating the Quaker community that does not yet exist
Vincent Harding engaged FGC Gathering attenders in a conversation about his book Hope and History: Why we must tell the Story of the Movement. Paul Ricketts asked him about creating a truly multi-racial, multi-cultural Religious Society of Friends. He said, “You know something about building a Quaker community, you can see it. The vision that you have is not meant to be kept to yourself, it's meant to be expressed, to trouble some people, to push some people, to embrace some people, but for you to keep saying, ‘I see a Quaker community that does not yet exist and I am absolutely committed to its coming into being.’” Read more.
Quakers work together for immigrant justice in North Carolina
AFSC has been working with FCNL and local Quakers to advocate for just immigration reform. Lori Khamala, the director of the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Program in Greensboro said, “I don’t know if our hardened conservative legislators will end up supporting a fairer immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for my friends or not. But I know that without the work of AFSC, FCNL, the work of local Quaker congregations and immigrants speaking out and sharing their stories, nothing will change. And even if our legislators don’t change, this work changes us.” Read more.
Activism in the Meetinghouse: How you and your meeting/church can support just immigration reform
Continuing in the tradition of accompanying populations of immigrants and displaced persons, the AFSC is engaging with community members and elected officials as described in Lori’s post to ensure that immigration policy reforms underway in Washington, D.C. preserve our shared humanity.
Your help is needed! The AFSC invites YOU to add your voice to the call for policies that keep families together, create a truly accessible path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and protect our labor and human rights during AFSC’s “Week of Action”! From August 18 – 25th we will take action in our local communities, online, and by calling our Members of Congress to demand humane immigration policies. Participating is easy and fun! Here are three ways you can get involved:
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