[Sayma-Discuss] AFSC Friends Liason Staff, Lucy Duncan sends message to all Friends

Free Polazzo freepolazzo at comcast.net
Tue Mar 20 19:13:14 JEST 2012



Lucy Duncan is the Friends Liaison at AFSC    Lucy's job is to help Friends
to be more involved in AFSC's work.   Check out the newsletter link, too for
more information on how you can get more involved.   

Consider subscribing to her newsletter, too. 




-- Free

SAYMA Representative to AFSC Coroporation


Free Polazzo  

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Douglasville, GA 30135

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770-778-8507  (C) 


After listening comes reflection . . .  then possibly action.


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From: Lucy Duncan, American Friends Service Committee
[mailto:actioncenter at afsc.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 2:53 PM
To: freepolazzo at comcast.net
Subject: Welcome: The Quality of Light


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 <http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=M2FOL2t7BVbfDn-JGLgCFA> Acting In Faith  


In this Issue

Welcome: The Quality of Light <> 

Highlights from Acting in Faith <> 

Post for your Meeting <> 's Newsletter

An Invitation from Ann Arbor Friends Meeting <> 

"The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing
upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring
about through those lives." - Audre Lorde

Dear Free,

Since August when I started  working for AFSC, I've been struck by how much
I've been noticing light. When I leave at the end of the day to walk to the
train, the light shining on City Hall and on the other tall buildings in
Philadelphia has been deep blue and translucent most days. The way the moon
often slices the sky next to William Penn's hat has made its reflected light
feel close. When the plaza was filled with Occupy Philly tents, the evening
radiance seemed like an inquiry: what would shining light on our common
civic life reveal? How might such light change us?

Shining light on both injustice and the hidden possibility of real
connection and healing is at the center of AFSC's work. There is
attentiveness to getting to the root of the matter and to seeing with the

I've been inspired by the wisdom, dedication, skill, persistence, and
willingness to be vulnerable and make mistakes that I've seen in AFSC staff
and the constituents with whom AFSC partners. The light of inquiry and of
the Spirit undergirds all of this work, as does faith in the unseen. It
appears in small encounters - men incarcerated in a prison talking about
love, a woman accompanied to a deportation hearing by members of the faith
community, men and women on opposite sides of a violent conflict coming
together to heal. In ways large and small, AFSC staff and partners make a
difference by lovingly walking side-by-side with the people with whom we

This letter is the first issue of the AFSC eNewsletter for Quakers, Monthly
Meetings, Yearly Meetings, newsletter editors, Peace and Social Concerns
Committees, AFSC Corporation members, and other interested F/friends. The
purpose of this eNewsletter and the associated blog,
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=WghTIi3V2GtjllGKY7TxaA> Acting in Faith:
Connecting Friends to the Work of AFSC, is to keep Friends and meetings in
touch and connected to the work of AFSC. Each month, it will highlight
Friends' efforts in support of AFSC's mission and include listings for
Quaker newsletters. I'd love to hear about what's helpful and what
information you might like to see in this monthly email and the
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=iiv6yiNqCBvTP08jqaxu3w> Acting in Faith

Please be in touch, I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me anytime at
lduncan at afsc.org. 

Please pass this along to members of your Monthly or Yearly meeting whom you
think might benefit from the content. It's easy to subscribe
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=55VXD0_hzlm4qJRHyNtgmQ> . 

In Friendship and Peace,
 Lucy Duncan Signature
Lucy Duncan
Friends Liaison

Highlights from Acting in Faith

Here are some recent entries on
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=rD0tcJKIMYMnOmblStPJYw> Acting in Faith.
Please join the conversation by posting a comment, if you feel led.

Friend of a Friend: "What do we mean by Love?"

AFSC staff Dominque Stevenson runs the Friend of a Friend program in four
Maryland prisons. Friend of a Friend is a mentoring project. The goal is to
reduce institutional violence by providing tools that build healthy
relationships, create support structures, and develop effective
communication skills. I accompanied Dominque into one prison on a day she
asked, "What do we mean by love." The ensuing conversation was rich and
powerful. Read more
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=7ttcRoIXWoiN3ChWAb4Eqw> .

Immigrants and Immigrant Allies: Making Justice Visible

AFSC staff in Denver help support immigrants through accompaniment at
deportation hearings, through ally work, and through a monthly vigil at a
private Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center. I accompanied
Jenn Piper, AFSC's Colorado Interfaith Organizing Director, to a deportation
hearing and then went to the monthly vigil in November.  Both were
discouraging and, at the same time, deeply hopeful experiences. Read more
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=DunMBNLnHyQVARLNxc_Fww> .

What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?

Periodically I ask a question on Acting in Faith, inviting dialogue and
reflection. Recently I asked what meetings had developed minutes on the
Occupy movement. This month I asked, "What makes a Quaker organization
Quaker?" There were many fascinating reflections on this question by Friends
including Kathy Hyzy, Niyonu Spann, Doug Bennett, and Chuck Fager. Take a
look and join in the conversation
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=jWlihk7nFyEZrgLZ8aLMFA> .

Post for Monthly Meeting and Yearly Meeting Newsletters

AFSC is creating a new Friends Liaison Program for monthly
meetings/churches. We want to make a connection with every Monthly Meeting
and Quaker church to enable regular two-way communication. The role of the
liaison will include

*	Inviting the meeting to help AFSC meet its program goals by
participating in very specific activities with support and materials
*	Offering a First Day School service project related to AFSC's work
each year.
*	Regularly submitting AFSC notices to the meeting newsletter, as well
as making announcements about AFSC activities to the meeting.
*	Sending questions, concerns, successes and other comments from the
Meeting to the AFSC Friends Liaison.
*	Participating in quarterly phone calls to offer mutual support for
Meeting Liaisons and to hear and offer feedback about AFSC's work.

If you are interested in learning more or volunteering to serve as a Friends
Liaison in the coming year, please contact Lucy Duncan at lduncan at afsc.org.

AFSC recently published a booklet about the principles which undergird
AFSC's work, the Friends Testimonies, and how they inform the work of AFSC.
You can view the full booklet online
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=vjseosYrvk0WVbW16CCyJQ>  or order physical
copies at QuakerBooks.org
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=HGHWsuDyFRIqoLiCa4iKzA> . Every meeting
will receive two copies of the booklet in March, along with a survey to
gather your ideas in developing the Friends Liaison program. 

Invitation from Ann Arbor Friends Meeting in calling for Friends Fiduciary
to divest

Ann Arbor Friends Meeting invite other meetings to consider whether they
might join with Ann Arbor in inviting Friends Fiduciary to adopt a
divestment screen which would exclude investment in companies that are
perpetuating the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Ann Arbor Friends Meeting

"Ann Arbor Friends Meeting has recently discovered that some of the
investments we hold with Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) are with
companies that are helping to sustain the Israeli military occupation of
Palestinian land and repression of the Palestinian people. Though FFC
promotes Socially Responsible Investing and "works to ensure that our
investments are in unity with Friends distinctive views on peace and social
justice," we find some of their holdings are not consistent with that aim.
We have therefore asked FFC to develop an expanded investment screen,
similar to the one used by AFSC, to assure Friends that their funds are not
helping to sustain the occupation." 

Read the full letter and invitation
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=DTje9RtzcJt7HcnLQiOGpA> . Read Ann Arbor
<http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=mb3JabwnVAIcelg93uqeSg> 's minute on this



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