Fw: IMP^o^051 Chatt AFSC Minute

Seaside Guest House Friends at btl.net
Sun Mar 26 21:14:05 JEST 2000

The following message speaks to my condition. AFSC has been around for
scores of years and has done an incredible amount of good work in the name
of Friends. I am not up to date with the controversy going on with personnel
policies, etc, but have the feeling that if MORE Friends were willing to do
service with AFSC.(with their low pay)  the organization wouldn't have to
rely on "friends" of Friends to do FRIENDS work. If Chattanooga wants to
withhold their measly $100.00 contribution, so be it. I hope the rest of you
out there who have resources will seek your own leading and do what you need
to do.

Peace...John Self

Chairman of the Board
Friends Services International
Belize -  Central America

P.S. This is an expression of my  personal feelings and not an official
statement of the FSI Board since there was no time to convene a meeting and
we are widely dispersed over the planet.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gerald L. Rudolph <grudolph at clarity-dev.com>
To: sayma <sayma at kitenet.net>
Cc: <afscinfo at afsc.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2000 6:02 PM
Subject: Re: IMP^o^051 Chatt AFSC Minute

> Friends,
> Our meeting each year considers contributions it makes to other
> organizations.  We sometimes discontinue contributions to organizations
> add contributions to others, both Quaker and non-Quaker.  Meetings
> do this without much fanfare.  For Chattanooga Meeting to announce to the
> world that it is discontinuing the $100 annual contribution it currently
> gives to AFSC is unfortunate and I hope that their intent was not to bring
> harm to AFSC.
> AFSC has been courageous in some of the stands it has taken for the
> oppressed and marginalized of the world.  I applaud AFSC's work, and feel
> that their work is very much in line with Quaker values and principles.  I
> encourage meetings to respond to concerns they might have related to AFSC
> personnel policies and matters by increasing their involvement.  AFSC has
> done outstanding work for poor, for prisoners,  for oppressed, and for
> groups who are pushed outside the margins of our society, and I am
> that Friends would respond to disagreement about personnel matters with
> a potentially harmful approach.
> As meetings consider the minute from Chattanooga,  I encourage them to
> plainly about their concerns related to AFSC and not hide their real
> concerns behind questions about personnel matters and policies.  For
> example, if you are displeased with AFSC because of their stand on gay
> rights, please say so plainly.  If you are truly think AFSC should not be
> equal opportunity employer, but should require staff to be predominately
> Quaker and are willing to withhold contributions for that reason,  please
> investigate the staff makeup of other organizations (Quaker and
> to which you contribute.
> In response to Chattanooga's suspension of their $100 contribution, I am
> giving a $200 contribution to AFSC.  I encourage Friends who support AFSC
> also respond by increasing their personal contributions.
> This is a personal response and did not come from my meeting.
> Gerald Rudolph
> Columbia Friends Meeting
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mary Calhoun <moriah at preferred.com>
> To: sayma <sayma at kitenet.net>
> Cc: sharonAnnis <bsan at usit.net>; GuilfordGwenErickson
> <gerickso at guilford.edu>; bill Reynolds <cisland at aol.com>
> Sent: Friday, March 24, 2000 4:44 PM
> Subject: IMP^o^051 Chatt AFSC Minute
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > IMP ^o^ Bulletin 051
> > Proposed Minute for SAYMA
> > Regarding Contributions to AFSC
> > ...........................................................
> > from Chattanooga (TN) Monthly Meeting
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> >
> > (from a 3-24-00 message from Penny Wright, SAYMA Clerk)
> >
> > <|>  approved by Chattanooga Friends Meeting at Meeting for Business,
> > 6-6-99
> >
> > <|>  The Meeting asked that the proposed minute be brought to the
> > attention of SAYMA, and of other Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups.
> >
> > <|>  "In Monthly Meeting for Business on sixth day of sixth month 1999
> > Chattanooga Friends Meeting approved the following proposal of a Minute
> > for SAYMA:
> >
> > <|>  'Friends have considered Bill Holland's resignation and AFSC's
> > actions that led up to it. We do not know everything about the matter so
> > we seek clarification. We are so serious in our concern that we wish to
> > withhold our $100 annual contribution to AFSC until the matter is
> > clarified.  Chattanooga Friends Meeting further proposes that SAYMA
> > consider adopting the following minute:
> >
> > <|>  In light of the serious indicators that the American
> >         Friends Service Committee has drifted away from
> >         Quaker principles in its internal operations, we will
> >         withhold financial contributions to AFSC until it has
> >         become fully clear to us that AFSC's internal
> >         operating processes are compatible with
> >         Spirit-led Quaker principles.' "
> >
> > ~~~~~~~end ^o^ ~~~~~~
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