Power of Goodness: Stories of Nonviolence and Reconciliation
African Great Lakes
WHO WE ARE
Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization that develops long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world to work for justice and healing, and to create enduring cultures of peace.
Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization that develops long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world to work for peace, justice and healing, and to create enduring cultures of peace.
…strive to live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars, and come into the covenant of peace which was before wars and strife were. ~ George Fox (1651)
Dr. King described the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love. Larry Apsey designed the Alternatives to Violence Project to create an opportunity to experience peace. On the AVP foundation, we draw on Re-evaluation Counseling, trauma resiliency, developmental play, liberty of conscience, liberation from oppression, and Quaker practices of discernment to heal and rebuild our communities and create cultures of peace.
Let us then try what Love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel. ~ William Penn, 1693
We believe there is that of God in all life, that all people are good and capable. Love, conscience and capabilities don’t spring forth fully formed, they grow as we pay attention through daily life, education and training. Faith and capabilities grow through stewardship and integrity: honesty, authenticity, and consistency among belief, reality, word, action and manner. Therefore Quakers give special attention to education, libraries, and gardens.
Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege. ~ Lucretia Mott, 1793-1880
If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. ~ Lila Watson, Gangulu, Australia
To address ecological and social injustices, Quaker practice is to look first within ourselves and our institutions and uproot the seeds of injustice we find there. We act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and marginalized communities to challenge oppression, and build relationships based on truth with love, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.
“People from Friends Peace Teams came, not to talk about a program or based on the decisions of someone else, they came to visit. In our language we say ‘silaturahmi.’ Like we’re family. You visit family to see how they are, to strengthen connections and create unity. If family has trouble, we talk about how to face it together. That’s the purpose of Friends Peace Teams, to connect people from around the world who pay attention to making peace in the world.”
G. Mislan, Founder of the New Sprouts Preschool and community leader of Barak Induk, a refugee community displaced into North Sumatra
“I used to think there was always an inherent, unexpressed, ulterior motive behind someone’s goodness. Now I realize that I must get rid of such thoughts. All people have goodness.”
Vani Variatif, Pati, Indonesia
“This workshop gave me the confidence to talk. I can now be a better part of building peace and taking care of the environment.”
Zaltomi, North South Initiative Intern from the Prince Songkhai University in Patani, Thailand at an AVP-mini Power of Goodness Workshop, Feb 2020