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Proclaiming Love and Justice

A history of American Friends Service Committee鈥檚 work for LGBTQ rights and recognition.

Stephen McNeil, a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., serves as AFSC鈥檚 San Francisco Wage Peace director. He has served as staff for 32 years and on a program committee for seven years. He has also served in various roles with Friends Committee on National Legislation for 16 years.

Timeline based on the work of AFSC archivist Jack Sutters.

Posted in: Features, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality
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Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power in Japan: The Ocean of Light above the Ocean of Darkness

The Ocean of Light above the Ocean of Darkness 鈥溾here was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite [鈥

Karen Street, a member of Berkeley (Calif.) Meeting, continues to work on climate change. Her new work is exploring cultural theory of risk: how our worldview makes changing our minds so difficult, by shaping where we see risk, determining who we see as experts, and locking us into we-good, they-bad perceptions of those who disagree.

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The Life of Japanese Quaker Inazo Nitobe

At Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, numerous epistles are read from other yearly meetings throughout the world. Likewise Philadelphia sends its annual [鈥

Samuel M. Snipes, a member of Fallsington (Pa.) Meeting, is a lawyer. He and other family members operate Snipes Farm and Education Center in Morrisville, Pa. He is active in many Bucks County peace activities.

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My Trip to Kunduz

In the summer of 2009, I was given a grant by German Technical Corporation to conduct field research to gather [鈥

Noorjahan Akbar, a native of Afghanistan, graduated in 2010 from George School, a Friends school in Newtown, Pa., and is currently a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

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Dispelling Some Myths about Hiroshima

As part of my semester abroad in Tokyo, Japan, my study program took our group of U.S. exchange students on [鈥

Katie Toran served as an intern for Friends Journal in the summer of 2009. She spent four and a half months in Japan last year, and is now a senior at Grinnell College, majoring in Economics, with plans to pursue further schooling in public policy.

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What am I Doing Here?: Partnering with a Himalayan Village

I first went to the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal as an adventurer and mountain climber in 1995. After four Himalayan [鈥

Jeff Rasley attends Indianapolis (Ind.) First Friends Meeting. His book, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got From Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal, is now available.

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Kicked by God: A Journey into Public Schoolteaching

The late Korean Quaker Ham Sok Han once said that on his life journey he was 鈥渒icked by God鈥 onto [鈥

Kitty Taylor Mizuno is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, where she serves on the Religious Education Committee and chairs the Ad Hoc Group on Racial Justice and Equality. She is also on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Ministry for Racial Justice and Equality in the Religious Society of Friends.

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A Peace Education Sabbatical

Learnings From My Father I believe in the culture of peace. I believe in daily peace building on a personal, [鈥

Susan Gelber Cannon teaches at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pa. She has attended Yellow Springs (Ohio), Swannanoah Valley (N.C.), and Saranac Lake (N.Y.) meetings. Susan's website, http://www.teachforpeace.org, has resources for teachers, students, and parents and a journal of her sabbatical experiences.

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How I Became a Pacifist: An Interview with Lee Thomas

FJ: How did you feel about the war effort? Were people at that time okay with it? Lee: Well, sure. [鈥

Susan Corson-Finnerty, publisher and executive editor of Friends Journal, is a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

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A Testimony on the Effects of Combat from a United States Army Officer

I cannot tell you much about the Peace Testimony of Friends; I have only read about it in books. I [鈥

Captain D.R. Gosling, United States Army, Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, was raised in Sewanee, Tenn. He received his BA from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. He is a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School, and spent 15 months in Sadr Al Yusifiyah, Iraq, approximately six miles southwest of Baghdad in the so-called "Triangle of Death." He has been a sporadic attender of West Hartford (Conn.) Meeting for the past two years when he has been able to get there. He will be attending Earlham School of Religion in the fall 2008. He plans to pursue a career in either prison ministry or religious writing.

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