Looking for something to do this summer?!

CFSC Young Friend Summer Internship –

Application package online now! November 30, 2012

Canadian Friends Service Committee offers a four-month summer internship (1 May – 31 August) for young people aged 19 – 29 years. Affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends is preferred but not required. Interns undertake a wide range of activities to give a sense of the breadth of work under CFSC’s care and to strengthen their experience and skills for working in a charitable organization. Directed studies in Quakerism is also an option for those who are interested.

Read about how the internship has proven beneficial to former interns in the 2013 internship flyer.

Download the 2013 Internship Package. Application deadline: February 15th, 2013.

Call for Submissions: Write about Camp NeeKauNis for the Canadian Friend

The Canadian Friend is the magazine of Canadian Yearly Meeting, and is sent to all members of Canadian Yearly Meeting and to regular attenders, and is funded through donations of the membership to further the work and witness of the Religious Society of Friends in Canada.The Canadian Friend features short, non-fiction prose, photos, poetry, book reviews and visual art by Canadian Quakers.

This is a call for submissions to the March 2013 special issue of The Canadian Friend on the theme of Camp NeeKauNis. As Canada’s only Quaker Camp, NeeKauNis’ goals are “to bring people together to build an intentional community through work and play in a safe, inclusive, natural environment… and to nurture the spiritual lives in our community through Quaker Testimonies including integrity, peace, simplicity, equality, justice, and unity with creation”.

We are asking for stories, memories, thoughts, musings, experiences, photos, drawing, or anything you are moved to write about, or share about Camp NeeKauNis. The creative work included will focus on the role of Camp NeeKauNis in the lives of many people near and far. This is a great way to share about Camp NeeKauNis with Canadian Friends and attenders who might not be familiar with camp.

An editorial board will be made up of the Camp NeeKauNis Publicity sub-committee.Selected items will be put into the Canadian Friend special Camp NeeKauNis edition for March 2013. Submissions should be the author’s original work and previously unpublished.

Who can submit? Any Canadian Friend, attender, or any camper or staff of NeeKauNis (past or present)

What is the length of submission? Submissions should not exceed 1000 words.

Submission Date: January 4th, 2013

Contact information: articles@neekaunis.org, or, speak to Rebecca Ivanoff or Grayden Laing

Interested in Energy and the Environment? Think about attending a Global Power Shift Conference

Dear friends,

It’s time to try something new.

The last few weeks have seen some remarkable movement activity — the US Do the Math tour, India Beyond Coal, and the Arab Youth Climate Movement. These efforts have been game-changing and are mobilizing tens of thousands of people worldwide.

While we’ve made inspiring progress, nothing we’ve done so far as a movement has been quite large enough. That’s the hard truth. To take on this planetary climate crisis, we need to create truly transformative change.

That’s why today we’re publicly calling for a Global Power Shift. Click to learn more.

Global Power Shift (GPS) will be a multi-pronged project to scale up our movement andestablish a new course, like never before. The basic plan is this:

  1. In June of 2013, 500 of us will gather in Turkey — from leaders to engaged community members
  2. We’ll train in grassroots and digital organizing, share our stories, and chart a strategy for the coming year
  3. Attendees will then return to their home countries in teams to organize mobilizations
  4. These national or regional events will be launchpads for new, highly-coordinated campaigns targeting political and corporate levers of power
  5. Together, we will truly shift the power and spark the kind of visionary transformation we need to fight the climate crisis

In other words, 2013 is going to be our biggest year yet:  www.globalpowershift.org.

Not everyone will be able to attend the gathering in Istanbul, so we’re asking interested individuals to apply. This will ensure that a great diversity of folks are able to attend and see through the full GPS vision — from Turkey to national mobilizations worldwide. Even if we can’t meet you in Turkey, we’ll need all hands on deck to be part of the massive organizing work that will take place throughout 2013. So get ready!

Power Shift was established in the US in 2007. Since then it has mobilized thousands of youth and received national attention.

We’ve never undertaken a project like this before, but believe now is the time to take it worldwide. We hope you’ll join us.

Let’s shift the power!

Will Bates

350.org Global Campaigns Director

Art Opening by Anna Peters-Wehking

I want to share some news about a very exciting, very big show that I have coming up:  Continental Breakfasts: A Three-year Photographic Collaboration. 

For just shy of three years, my friend Lisa and I have each posted one photo a day from our mornings to our blog, Continental Breakfasts, from opposite sides of the continent. Its now been well over 1000 consecutive days, and we decided its finally time to take it to the walls. Our show will feature all three years worth of photos- totaling over 2,000 images. We are very grateful to The Yards Collaborative Art Space for hosting this exhibit. 

Continental Breakfasts: a three year photographic collaboration 
OPENING: Saturday December 1st, 6-10 pm 

The Yards Collaborative Art Space 
50-52 Public Market   (upstairs from Flour City Bread and Java’s) 
Rochester NY 14609 
Here’s the event on Facebook 

The show will also be open market hours through January 12th: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am-2pm; and by appointment as well. 

Lisa and I met in January 2010 when I was visiting Rochester. Lisa showed me the book A Year of Mornings, and upon discovering how much we had in common- especially our mutual love of both farming and photography- we decided to take on a similar project for ourselves. 

Lisa is involved in all manner of art, community and farming projects, based in Rochester and surrounding area.  We’ve only seen each other in person once in the three years we’ve been doing this. They have been very rich years for both of us.  The photos cover it all: lots of travel and adventure, major life events both trying and great, and plenty of simple ordinary days.  The last few years have seen me move several times, travel extensively in BC, Ontario and my recent move to Northern California.  I will be returning to Rochester for the opening, and we are both so very excited to share our three years of photos with you. The prints will also be for sale by request. 

It would be an honor to see you at the opening. 

Cheers!

Anna Peters Wehking

Upcoming Opportunities with the African Great Lakes Initiative

Report from Kenya  – November 18, 2012

Opportunities with AGLI

 

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          The African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams has numerous activities that you can participate in: (1) speaking tours, (2) webpage for 2013 Kenyan Elections, (3) work camp, (4) international training for Healing and Rebuilding Our Community facilitators, (5) webmaster, and (6) extended service volunteering.

 

1.      Speaking tours: AGLI will be arranging for four speaking tours between March 18 and June 24, 2013 as follows:

  • David Bucura, AGLI’s Central Africa Coordinator, March 18 to April 28. Starting in Indiana and ending in Baltimore, MD.
  • Theoneste Bizimana, HROC-Rwanda Coordinator, March 29 to April 28. Ending in Bosie, ID. If you would like to arrange for a basic HROC training with Theoneste, please consult with me.
  • Florence Ntakarutimana, Program Manager for HROC-Burundi, April 26 to May 28. Starting in Olympia, WA, to St Louis, DC area, and ending in Florida
  • David Zarembka, AGLI Coordinator, May 10 to June 24. Starting in Richmond, IN, St Louis, MO and then the east coast.

 

I have attached a picture, brief biography, speaking topics, and current schedule for each of these speakers. If you would like to arrange for one of us to come to your community, please email me at dave@aglifpt.org with the possibility and date.

 2   Webpage for Kenyan Elections at www.kenyanelections2013.org:

Message from Andrew Peterson:

When I have the opportunity to be in Africa and see AGLI’s work first hand I am struck by the idea that if people could see what our projects are and how much they affect people, we would have a huge outpouring of support. I know that people would support it because time and again I see that they really do care, but they just do not have the opportunity to travel to Africa to meet the amazing people with whom we work, to learn about all the challenges and opportunities facing Kenya, and to see how our work fits into this context. So my hope was that we could take a small step in this direction by creating a website that provides updates from Kenyans working for peace in their country as the elections approach. The website will include real analysis of what is going on, of the sort David Zarembka provides, so that people can get a richer view that is not available in the conventional media. Kenyans can also post directly to the site through their twitter accounts, so the site should hopefully provide a resource for very up-to-date information.

Already the website has become one of the top 5 or 10 search results. But we need for people to talk to others about what is going on, share the website, and give donations that make the work possible.

 

3.     Work camp:

Place: Mutaho, Burundi
Dates: Saturday, June 22 to Saturday, July 27, 2013 

Host Partner: REMA, a group of about 50 women (Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa) from Mutaho Friends Church led by Pastor Sara Gakobwa. The name,REMA, means “be comforted, do not get discouraged.” Learn more on page 23 of After the Guns Have Stopped at
http://www.aglifpt.org/publications/articles/hroc/pdf/aftergunsstopped.pdf

Location: Mutaho, Burundi – Northeast of Bujumbura near Gitega – the second largest city in Burundi

Objective: The Work Camp Team of up to six international and six Burundian work campers will build guest rooms for the REMA Women’s Group Center.

 

Cost: $2300 plus airfare.

 

Contact Dawn Rubber at dawn@aglifpt.org for more information.

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4.  Third International Training for Healing and Rebuilding Our Community Facilitators: 

 

The African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams will conduct a seminar to train facilitators in the Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC) program developed in Rwanda and Burundi for psycho-social healing of individuals and society after deadly conflict. To learn more about the program please visit www.aglifpt.org/Program/hroc.htm.

 

Dates: July 21 to August 10, 2013

 

Location: Gisenyi, Rwanda

 

Objective: To bring together up to twenty-five participants from various countries throughout the world in order to conduct a professional training for the participants to become facilitators of the Healing and Rebuilding Our Community program.

 

Language of instruction: English, but translators will be available if needed.

 

By the end of the HROC training, the participant

  • will be able to facilitate a three day basic HROC workshop.
  • will have a basic understanding of personal and community trauma and how they interact in situations of violent conflict
  • will be able to lead small and large group discussions, role plays, guided meditation, and light and livelies.
  • will be able to understand and respond to trauma and its symptoms and effects on individuals.
  • will be able to work with family, friends, and neighbors on methods to heal the local community’s trauma.
  • will be able recognized as a peace leader in the home community with specialize skills.

 

Cost: $800 per person including in-country travel, food, accommodation, and training costs.

Items that are not included are international travel, visa fees, accommodation in Nairobi before or after training, personal expenses, and cost of translator if needed.

 

Deadline for application: June 9, 2013 or until full.

 

For further information and application contact me at dave@aglifpt.org

 

5.     Need Webmaster:

 

AGLI needs a person to post updates to the AGLI webpage, www.aglifpt.org. AGLI also needs a webpage designer to design a more up-to-date webpage. If interested in either of these, contact me at dave@aglifpt.org

 

6.     Extended service volunteering:

 

AGLI is always open for people who would like to volunteer with our partner organizations in East and Central Africa. The minimum placement is for 3 months and there is no maximum time limit. See http://www.aglifpt.org/get/get.htm for requirements and an application. Contact Dawn Rubbert atdawn@aglifpt.org for questions and more information.

         

 

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Please donate to AGLI’s programs by sending a check to the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams made out to Friends Peace Teams/AGLI  to 1001 Park Avenue, St Louis, MO 63104 or go to our webpage atwww.friendspeaceteams.org to donate by debit/credit card.

 

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Since 1998, David Zarembka has been the Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams. He has been involved with East and Central Africa since 1964 when he taught Rwandan refugees in Tanzania. He is married to Gladys Kamonya and lives in western Kenya. David is the author of A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region (available atwww.davidzarembka.com).

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David Zarembka, Coordinator
African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams
P. O. Box 189, Kipkarren River 50241 Kenya  
Phone in Kenya: 254 (0)726 590 783   in US: 301/765-4098
Office in US:1001 Park Avenue, St Louis, MO 63104 USA 314/647-1287
Webpage: www.aglifpt.org