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AFSC & Friends IV: A Suggested Survival Kit

Earlier posts in this series:
Part I
Part II
Part III

Here’s a quick quiz:

Two of these three church-related service projects are holding their own, and one is in trouble. Can you tell which one has problems?

A. The Mennonite Central Committee

B. The Mormon Church missionary program; and

C. The American Friends Service Committee

To help with your answer, here are a few clues:

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A New Addition: Online Archive of Print Issues of “A Friendly Letter”

Before blogs were invented, there were newsletters. And that’s how A Friendly Letter got started, as an independent monthly, printed on paper and sent out by US mail.

There were 134 issues published in this format, and after many hours of grunt work, I am pleased to announce that ALL of these print issues are now scanned and online as PDF files, along with a detailed Index. In this “original” incarnation, the newsletter covered many stories that had previously gone unmentioned by other Friends publications

Even More Great Quaker Turnover: Jobs Across The Pond

Yes, hardly is one post about the Great Quaker Turnover done and posted, than more openings arrive.

I’m not trying to be an employment agency here; but them who have ears to hear, let them hear.

Quaker-UN-Office-LogoThe big one here it’s the Quaker UN Office in Geneva that’s looking for a Director, based in Geneva. If you go for hobnobbing with diplomats, this is the place. And the pay is big: about 140,000 Swiss francs per year, which at current exchange rates is over $120K (tho I hear Geneva is an expensive town to live in).

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AFSC & Friends – Part III: Down & Dirty With Compost Theology

The thesis in the first two parts of this discussion comes down to this: The Quaker “brand” is in trouble. Thus AFSC, as an organization which depends on the support generated by this “brand,” is likewise in trouble, and this trouble goes beyond the adverse impact of the financial crash. To get through this trouble, AFSC will have a significant part to play in renewing and restoring this Quaker “brand.”

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Quaker Voluntary Service: Big Questions for An Idea Whose Time Might Have Come . . .Or Not

Christina_Repoley4bfff2cfe1f4On June 11, at Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting (SAYMA), I heard a rising young Friend, Christina Repoley, talk about her longtime leading to see the creation of a new Friends service program, to be called Quaker Voluntary Service, or QVS.

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