Let love be the first motion toward action!
Interested in reconnecting faith and witness? Longing to get more deeply engaged in movements for peace with justice and with other Quakers working for change?
Join AFSC staff and others in a full schedule of activities to stoke the fire of faith-inspired activism.This year AFSC will be offering workshops and running a full series of afternoon events to explore the spiritual grounding for action, the nuts and bolts of organizing, and information about issues.
Workshops Led by AFSC Staff
Week-long morning workshops at the Gathering include five led by AFSC staff:
- Campaign for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel (Mike Merryman-Lotze and Sandra Tamari)
- Journey through Our Criminal Justice System (Scilla Wahrhaftig and Lewis Webb, Jr.)
- Shared Secuirty: A Quaker Vision for U.S. Policy (Sandy Robson and Aura Kanegis)
- Telling Stories for Racial Justice (Lucy Duncan and Sharon Goens)
- Telling Your Story: The Impact of Militarism (Peter Lems and Molly McQueen)
A Series of Afternoon Events
Afternoon events will include:
- The spiritual basis for anti-racism work: A panel presentation
- Building power for change: Organizing your meeting for action
- Solitary confinement: Working to end torture in the U.S.
- The Doctrine of Discovery: How repudiation plants seeds for peace
- And many others ...
Friday Night: "Love in the Belly of the Beast"
The week concludes with a talk by AFSC staff member Laura Magnani (Strawberry Creek Meeting, PacYM) informed by her decades of prison-related work.
Join of a Network of Quakers Working for Change
Interested in bringing the work of the American Friends Service Committee to your local Quaker meeting or church? Curious about how your meeting/church’s work aligns or might be strengthened by our work? Want to join a national network of Quakers working on peace and social justice?
Become a meeting/church liaison in this new program providing substantive ways for Quakers and Quaker congregations to engage in AFSC’s work.
110 Quaker congregations across the United States have already joined with the AFSC to bring an end to mass incarceration, serve as immigrant allies, and work for just and lasting peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
You can learn more about this program by visiting this AFSC webpage, or by emailing Lucy Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also find out more about the program at this year’s FGC Gathering.