AFSC April Workshop Series for Friends

The American Friends Service Committee invites you to join them for a week of events and workshops on the occasion of AFSC’s 2021 annual meeting, a virtual program exploring different dimensions of “Making New Worlds: Pursuing Peace with Justice,” from Sunday, April 11 through Thursday, April 15, 2021.

In six workshops, one panel presentation, and one plenary address AFSC will explore questions including: What does it mean to dismantle systems to create justice? What is the Quaker historical perspective on working for liberation, and what is the vision of contemporary Quaker organizers? How is AFSC working to end injustice and the institutions that perpetuate it—and create alternatives based on care and a solidarity economy?

We will explore approaches to working toward peace with justice and ways that AFSC and Quakers are striving to build new worlds. Workshops and programming: Join AFSC for one or two sessions or attend the whole program!

The program will begin on Sunday, April 11 at 7 p.m. ET with a panel presentation, “Quakers, AFSC, and abolition: Then and Now,” featuring historians Marcus Rediker and Katharine Grebner and contemporary Quaker abolitionists.

Workshops will be offered throughout the week, as listed below:

Monday, April 12, 8 p.m. ET: FreeThemAll: How we are living into the call to free folks in the context of COVID-19 and beyond. Presenters: Adriana Jasso, Demetrius Titus, Layne Mullett.

Tuesday, April 13, 8 p.m. ET: Pursuing freedom for Palestine: A campaign for Palestinian children’s rights. Presenters: Jennifer Bing and Zeina Hutchison.

Wednesday, April 14, 4 p.m. ET: Global migrant justice: Manifesting the joint Quaker statement. Presenters: Kristin Kumpf, Marianne Elias, Pauline Muchina, and global migration staff.

Wednesday, April 14, 8 p.m. ET: Restorative Justice: What does it look like/feel like in our communities? Presenter: Fatimeh Khan.

Thursday, April 15, 1:30 p.m. ET: Making new worlds: Creating a society based on care and a solidarity economy…what to divest from/what to invest in? Presenters: Rick Wilson, Dov Baum, and Grace Kindeke.

Nyle Fort will conclude the program with a plenary session on Thursday, April 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET. Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and scholar based in Newark, NJ. He has worked in education, criminal justice, and youth development for over a decade and is a lead trainer at Momentum, an activist incubator that builds large-scale social movements in the United States and around the world.

During these sessions discover AFSC’s work, ways you can join them, and hear from historians and wise activists about the contemporary challenges for justice and how we can pursue it together.

Read more about the program and register for each event here.

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Friends Meetings around LEYM are preparing their unique “Story Trees” for sharing during our interactive rollcall at this year’s annual sessions. Should be a great opportunity to learn about the Meetings in our region. Get Story Tree toolkits in via http://leym.org/annual

Registration is now open for our end of July Annual Sessions http://leym.org/annual and you’re invited. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPE_abvrQWg

Check out this important Quaker Call to Action - “An invitation to a national dialogue on the urgent threats to our democracy and what's at stake.” https://quakercall.net

Opportunity to get MA paid for at Bluffton Univ. + run the Lion & Lamb Peace Arts Center! See https://www.bluffton.edu/employment/ga-lion-lamb.aspx?fbclid=IwAR26GoE_1chghP9N0xuVqRqxcyKKIhS1HWmZzkdfh1Q4d6o8d-SooN7Snrs

There’s an opening in the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting’s Residential Community. Great living opportunity for the right person. Details at https://leym.org/aa-residential-community/

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