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Regarding American Friends Service Committee

Published: May 6, 2022


Clear Creek Meeting and its members have long supported the American Friends Service Committee financially and through the work of its members. We care about AFSC as a fundamental expression of Quaker peacemaking in the world. One of our members, Jana Schroeder, served in the AFSC office in Dayton, Ohio, for many years, was a member of the AFSC Board, and is currently our Yearly Meeting’s representative to the AFSC Corporation. Given the letter Jana co-authored that appeared in the Western Friend (12/11/2021) and subsequent discussions, Clear Creek Meeting is concerned that Quaker process be followed in the implementation of AFSC’s strategic plan, as it was in developing the strategic plan. Also, we are disappointed that Lucy Duncan, Director of Friends Relations at AFSC, was fired for being one of the authors of the Western Friend Letter, and we ask for reconsideration of that decision. 

Friends approved this minute and expressed thanks for those who worked on it. The minute will be forwarded to the AFSC, our Quarterly Meeting, the Executive Committee of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting, Friends Journal, and the Western Friend. 

Erica Pearson, co-clerk of Clear Creek Monthly Meeting

May 1, 2022