photo: Subash Katel, Friends Peace Teams Asia-West Pacific
Friends Peace Teams – Asia West Pacific is providing relief in Nepal. With trusted Nepal team members on the ground, they are able to get relief to people who “fall through the cracks” of other relief efforts.
They need our help! Please send relief funds for Nepal to “Friends Peace Teams – AWP/Nepal”
Nadine Hoover, FPT-AWP coordinator writes:
“Please send relief funds for Nepal to Friends Peace Teams-AWP/Nepal…
“Our experience is that in times of disaster, Friends Peace Teams has solid relationships with people on location whose discernment we trust. We have such a relationship with Subhash….”
“Subhash will coordinate our relief support and will share the full story of how the funds get used and how decisions are made, as well as welcome your questions or feedback. The flexibility of our funds allows them to respond to blatant needs that are falling through the cracks of other organizations such as devastated communities that somehow do not receive assistance; particular essential materials or supports that do not get provided by others; or the ability to respond in a timely manner that makes a world of difference. Thank you for your support at this time!
“… We guarantee that 100% of your donation will go for use directly on site.”
In love and faith,
Wooster Meeting and a local Presbyterian church invite anyone in the area to a joint worship service on Sunday, May 17 focusing on the US/Mexico border crisis, family detention, and how people of faith can respond.
From Friends General Conference:
Does your meeting need help strengthening worship and vocal ministry, navigating conflict, or refocusing on the Spirit? FGC’s Traveling Ministries program can help. Traveling Ministries offers meetings guidance with deepening worship, building your faith community, and navigating conflict with love.
Sister Paulette Schroeder of Project Peace, a program of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, will lead their annual delegation to the West Bank and Israel to promote understanding, community, and friendship. Sister Paulette has served with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine, and is well known to Friends in Broadmead Meeting.
The group of nine will:
- Meet with leaders of the nonviolent resistance at Bi’lin
- Learn about the Israeli Occupation from both sides of the Wall
- Meet with the Rabbis for Peace and a representative from the Knesset
- Stay at the Tent of Nations, Bethlehem, to witness settlements
- Meet with leaders from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths
- Work with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron
The deadline for sign-up is May. For full information, go to: Project Peace website
Attention Monthly Meetings! It is almost time for our Spring High School Teen Retreat in Columbus, OH April 24-26, 2015. Registration can be found at the following link or by emailing Robb Yurisko at email@example.com
A paper medical release will also need to be signed and brought with each teen. It can be found here:
Joyce Balderston, Co-clerk, LEYM Peace Committee
Kathy and I want to commend these AGLI workcamps for your consideration.
African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams
WORKCAMPS 2015 — AGLI is sponsoring intergenerational workcamps in Rwanda & Kenya, Saturday, June 20 to Saturday, July 25. Workcampers will build an enlarged children’s peace library in Rwanda and expand a peace center on Mt Elgon in Kenya. No specific skills needed. All ages welcome – including families. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy and I are currently in Kenya near the end of a 4-country 6-week trip doing research for a book about AGLI. This past Monday we visited the site of the new Mt. Elgon peace center and saw the start of building efforts on a beautiful 5-acre plot near the top of Mt. Elgon, an ancient shield volcano. The peace center is a dream that was born among Mt. Elgon residents 2 years ago when Joe and I interviewed 90 people there to assess the impact of AGLI programs. It was thrilling to see how far they have come since then. Much of the fund raising to buy the plot was done locally with many people contributing 50 or 100 Kenyan shillings ($1 = about 90 shillings) apiece.
The center will be used to host AGLI workshops such as Alternatives to Violence (AVP) and Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) for trauma healing. Some of the other needs that may be addressed in the future are a medical clinic and vocational training for unemployed youth.
We also visited a Peace Library in Kigali, Rwanda earlier in the trip. These libraries encourage a reading habit among children in an environment where books are rare. The one we saw had colorful murals on the walls, a room for primary students and another for secondary students, and a librarian who also teaches peer mediation skills to students.
During our interviews we have heard about the significant positive impacts of workcamps as participants experience another culture and produce something of value for people in need. If we still had kids at home we’d seriously consider making a workcamp our family summer vacation.
This 25-day institute will provide skills and tools needed by anyone interested in creating peace and justice – at home, in schools, in communities, and in the world. If dealing with conflict leaves you wanting something more effective and satisfying, this institute is for you.
The program will include:
- Understanding the difference between conflict engagement and conflict avoidance
- Conflict analysis and mapping; identifying interests, power dynamics, and leverage
- Compassionate Listening and Compassionate Communication – getting at the “heart” of the matter through empathic listening and effective communication of needs and interests
- Comprehensive training in the Alternative to Violence Project (basic, advanced, and training for facilitators), which will prepare participants to do their practicums as assistant facilitators in order to become fully certified as AVP facilitators; interested participants will connect with AVP programs in their home areas to encourage complete certification and engage actively with local programs
- Basic mediation – a 40-hour weeklong intensive in basic mediation skills
- Restorative circles and restorative practices
- Clearness committees
- Forgiveness and reconciliation
- Love and nonviolence as “forces” more powerful – engaging the powers.
There will be lectures, films, and large and small group discussion – and a lot of experiential learning through doing and reflecting, role-playing, and practice sessions.
With the tools and skills offered in this intensive program, you will be better equipped and more confident to address conflicts in ways that help us move closer to the beloved community that Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King challenged us to live into. Quakers traditionally have been leaders in conflict transformation, and many of these methods have been introduced and honed by Friends in conflict situations, from families to prisons to post-genocide refugee resettlement abroad. Rise to the challenge and join them!
Please contact Emily or Katrina for more information.
610-566-4507, ext. 123
Young Adult Friends (ages 18-35) are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual intensive six-day conference — YAFCON — designed to strengthen a networked generation of awakened and effective spiritually grounded change agents. This year, we will be focusing on equality in its most expansive sense as a way to explore the need for justice, the power of Truth and love, our own growing edges as individuals and as a community, and what it means to create the Beloved Kin-dom here and now. We will cultivate a brave learning space within which to unpack privilege and power, and to develop greater capacity to tackle and break down the many intersecting systems of oppression around us.
The program includes inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, community-building activities, and discernment opportunities.
The annual Continuing Revolution conference is designed for all young adult Friends who feel a movement in our generation to create the world we believe is possible, and to live into Right Relationship with the Divine, one another and the earth.
The annual conference is open and welcoming to young adult Quakers of all backgrounds, experiences and Friends’ theologies. While we recognize that this gathering is firmly rooted in the unprogrammed Friends’ tradition, we also believe the thematic content to be urgently relevant to all branches of Quakerism and hope all interested young adults will feel that their voices belong at this table. Click here to apply online, or click the following link to get a better sense of what to expect.
Each year, interested individuals are asked to submit an application for this program so that we have a better understanding of each participant’s background and hopes. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are notified within 2-3 weeks of submitting their application. Apply early, as space is limited! Conference fees for 2015 haven’t been set; scholarship assistance will be available to those who need support (see questions at the bottom of the application (when it is available) for information on how to request assistance).
For more information on the conference, contact Emily Higgs, Conference Coordinator, or Katrina McQuail, Assistant Coordinator, or read Emily’s excellent YAFCON article. which recently appeared in Friends Journal.
Ending Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow
Apr 29 – May 3, 2015
The United States imprisons 2.4 million men, women, and children – one out of every 100 Americans. The U.S. has largest prison population in the world, both in total numbers and as a percentage of its population. With only five per cent of the world’s population, the United States accounts for nearly a quarter of all prisoners in the world.
These alarming incarceration rates disproportionately affect people of color. Representing only 30 per cent of our population, people of color comprise almost 60 per cent of those imprisoned. One in 15 African American men and one in 36 Hispanic men is incarcerated, and one out of every three African American men in this country can expect to go to prison at some point during his lifetime.
Why? Who benefits from this state of mass incarceration? Who suffers? What are the social costs of putting so many behind bars?
What alternatives exist? How are communities moving toward dismantling this wasteful and destructive machine and ameliorating the conditions of those caught in its gears? What are communities of color doing? Quakers? Other faith communities? Legislation, direct action, education, engagement?
How can each of us best use our gifts and resources to help turn our society from fear, revenge, and throwing people away, toward valuing and respecting every human being and seeking healing justice and restoration to community?
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Note: Accommodations on campus are limited, so we recommend early registration to secure those spaces.