Friend,In April I went to a gathering of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Quakers who serve on Peace and Social Concerns committees or are focused on working for peace and justice in their day-to-day lives. At lunch I had a conversation with a number of women who identified a problem: It seemed to us that Quaker meetings often support individual leadings and peace and social justice work, but less frequently come together as a Quaker community to work on collective concerns.
A Quaker meeting works for criminal justice reform
Merion Meeting had a leading to work together for criminal justice reform. They reached out to Madeline Schaefer, Friends Relations Fellow, for support and have a plan to study the issue and work with another non-Quaker congregation on educating their wider community.
Bob Campbell, clerk of their “Beliefs into Action” committee said, “I knew right away that there would be a network, so to speak, within the AFSC community that could help us focus on this topic with some expertise and that what we learned and found out would be credible.” Read more.
This land was your land: A powerful experience to inspire work on Indigenous peoples concerns
How is the 500-year-old “Doctrine of Discovery” still denying the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the US and around the world, and what can Friends do about it?
Through a 90-minute workshop, the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee of the Boulder, Colo., Meeting is engaging Friends in asking these questions and in taking steps toward answers. The workshop is called, “This Land Was Your Land: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.” It traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. The goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin taking actions toward right relationship with all peoples and with the land.
Friends who experienced the workshop at the FGC Gathering are now inviting Boulder Friend, Paula Palmer, to facilitate the workshop for their meetings and communities around the country.
Boulder Meeting has united in support of Paula’s traveling ministry, “with faith in the power of an active love to heal wounds of the past, and to create a more just future; and in recognition of Paula’s leading and capacity to act in this power of love.”
For more information and to request a workshop presentation, write to paulaRpalmer@gmail.com and see boulderfriendsmeeting.org.
A new resource on drones
AFSC’s Wage Peace campaign recently published a resource on drones and drone warfare. It explores the three pillars of the deadly drone war: manufacturers, research institutions, and bases. You can download it for free here.