Friends Respond to War in Ukraine

As a community committed to peace, the War in Ukraine is of deep concern to Friends around the world. Friends General Conference has posted a Message to Friends About Aiding Ukraine that provides helpful links to various aid organizations. The American Friends Service Committee is also speaking out, seeking to dampen the ongoing push to escalate via military responses. Friends Committee on National Legislation has issued a Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine that among other points seeks to ensure that sanctions are targeted in ways to limit the damage to citizens. The Friends World Committee for Consultation has issued a Christian Call for Peace.

We have received news from multiple sources about a daily noon EST Online Meeting to Uphold Ukraine sponsored by Friends House Moscow supporters. LEYM Friends have attended these sessions and were joined by Friends from around the world, mostly Britain and the U.S., and have found that the “oral ministry was moving and wide ranging.”

We have also learned that there is a small group of Quakers in Kyiv. Here is a link for their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QuakersKyivUkraine/ You can join them on Zoom for silent worship on Sundays, being mindful of timezone issues.

LEYM Friends stand for peace both at home and abroad and hold the people of Ukraine in the Light during these troubling times.

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Your meeting may be wrestling with matters related to virtual and hybrid gatherings. A workshop was held on Saturday May 7, and we returned to the questions about navigating the new normal through the ongoing pandemic. https://www.pym.org/workshop-on-gathering-virtually/

AFSC is partnering with the Poor People’s Campaign to support the June 18 Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington. They are seeking to mobilize attendance and have buses ready to take people. See https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june18/ to get involved.

AFSC’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program is hiring a Program Coordinator for the ending life and long sentences project. Apply by May 16 at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/AME1068/JobBoard/34b788f5-e07e-3fb3-8e73-08c36602a07b/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=f1994089-620c-4f9a-b4ff-8c3d3ba303dc

Quaker Worship Sharing online this Thursday! All are welcome https://quakerearthcare.org/event/worship-sharing-with-quaker-earthcare-witness-and-friends-general-conference-3/

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Related Organizations

  • American Friends Service Committee - afsc.org
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation - fcnl.org
  • Friends General Conference - fgcquaker.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: Section of the Americas - fwccamericas.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: World Office - fwcc.world
  • Right Sharing of World Resources - rswr.org