I was a Staff Member

I’ve never been a religious person, so was a little anxious when I went to work for the AFSC in Syracuse in 1984. But I have to say, between then and when I left in 1991, the Quakers and other religious folks I met in and through the organization taught me a whole lot about what it means to work somewhere where people really listen and care, both about the staff and the projects on which we worked. Listening and respecting and truth-telling were expected (though it’s true that that had the negative side effect of making other kinds of democracy kind of hard to endure, later in my work-life). Through that office I met dedicated and imaginative people in Syracuse and throughout upstate NY, many of whom are still active. Three cheers for the AFSC—your work over the last century has been remarkable.

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