What’s your vision of the US role in the world? Should the United States invest most of its time and treasure in a bigger military and higher walls around our borders, or focus on greater cooperation with other nations to address our common concerns?
Military power and isolation may offer some protection for people within our national borders for a short period of time, but this protection comes with serious long-term costs to our country and world.
An Invitation to Reimagine US Foreign Policy
The Friends Committee on National Legislation and American Friends Service Committee have started a conversation about a new vision for U.S. foreign policy grounded in our shared security as global community. Now we need your help. We invite you to check out the Shared Security document, the study guide and blog posts.
Then we hope you will help us start a broader conversation among Friends and other like minded folk. We invite you to consider using these resources as the basis for a discussion in your meeting, church, or other community group. Most importantly, we’re looking for your ideas, your leadings and your development of these ideas. Please let us know your thoughts, comments and questions. We hope that this website will become a platform for inspiration, critical thinking and action as we move forward in this work together.
How This Project Got Started
This Shared Security project began in the summer of 2012 as staff from AFSC and FCNL came together to begin drafting a joint publication describing the problems we saw in U.S. foreign policy and a better way forward. We were troubled by the heavily militarized and short-sighted nature of current U.S. policy, this collaborative educational and advocacy effort is focused on moving toward a more humane, inspired and ethical role for the U.S. in the world.
Friends and colleagues provided feedback on the text, discussed the core concepts, and designed action ideas and practical next steps. In April, 2013 we gathered at Pendle Hill with a dynamic and diverse group of Friends to help us consider a way forward with the project. We are happy to share the Epistle from this gathering with you to give a sense of the energy and inspiration we felt as we imagined a world of shared security together.
About this Website
Several of the participants in the Pendle Hill discussion have continued to reflect on the themes that came out of that gathering. You can find their thoughts on our blog. We encourage you to engage with them through the comments section of each post.
We are excited about this collaboration–with FCNL, AFSC, and you–and look forward to working with Friends toward a world of shared security, away from fear, toward love.
Have a Comment or Question?
Please see the Submit a Response page to share your reactions to the Shared Security document or project.
San Francisco Friends Meetinghouse
Second Hour Discussion of Shared Security: Reimagining US Foreign Policy.
AFSC and FCNL have put out a new document calling for a major shift in US Foreign Policy from one of looking at just our national interests and national security to one of Shared Security for all peoples and nations. We believe this is not only much more in keeping with Friends values and beliefs, but is also the only real security.
Please join us for a lively discussion of this document and explore how Friends in the Bay Area can help encourage discussion of this important issue in the larger community. This gathering is sponsored by the SF Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee.
David Hartsough and Paula Stinson, facilitators.
If you have questions, please contact David Hartsough at firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Philadelphia Friends Meeting
Please join Diane Randall, executive secretary of FCNL, and Shan Cretin, general secretary of AFSC, for a conversation about Shared Security, a new joint AFSC/FCNL project to re-imagine U.S. foreign policy. The project seeks to promote alternatives to militarism, war, deadly conflict and climate crisis and to engage all who care about these issues in a renewed vision for shared security. For more information and to see the working paper, go to sharedsecurity.org. Open discussion to follow.
For questions, contact Paul Ricker: email@example.com or (215)482-3943.