March 4, 2015 |
TOMORROW COULD have been another historic first for Philadelphia - a day to showcase why we're the City of Brotherly Love. U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun and Counselor Kwon Jong Gun were among members of the North Korean mission to the United Nations set to sample our hospitality with visits to the Liberty Bell, the Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Art Museum, according to Kerri Kennedy of the American Friends Service Committee. It would have been historic: The North Korean U.N. representatives normally never leave New York because the United States has no diplomatic relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
December 29, 1987 |
Ruth Dross, who worked in the United States, Europe and Asia as an administrator for the American Friends Service Committee, died Friday. She was 82 and lived in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Dross held key positions with the AFSC in post-World War II Germany, Vienna, Austria, Hong Kong and the United States. She spoke fluent German, French and Italian. She retired in 1975 after serving 10 years as director of volunteer services at Episcopal Community Services here. Her last position was as clerk of the board of managers at Stapeley Hall in Philadelphia, during the time it was expanded to include apartments and a nursing section for the Quaker retirement community.
July 22, 1997 |
Kay Edstein heard the pride and the slight edge in her tour guide's response when he was asked where he got his education. His fluency in English (he even made jokes) led the delegation of U.S. educators visiting North Korea to presume that their guide had studied in the West. But he made it clear to them that he had been educated at home. That was a year ago, and Edstein, director of the Friends Council on Education, remembered that guide last week as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
July 5, 2007 |
Lawrence M. Miller Jr., 87, of New Britain, a Quaker activist, died of a stroke June 19 at home. For almost 50 years, Mr. Miller was active with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. He coordinated projects in Asia and the Middle East, represented Quakers at international conferences in China, Kenya, Romania, and the Soviet Union, spoke out for human rights, supported efforts to end world poverty, and participated in antiwar and civil-rights marches with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
October 7, 2012 |
Louis W. Schneider, 97, of Glenmoore, who aided victims of war and poverty for more than four decades as an administrator with the American Friends Service Committee, died Thursday, Sept. 20, at his farm. Mr. Schneider grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and graduated from Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Schneider, whose grandfather and four uncles were Protestant ministers, then became a minister at a nondenominational church in Riverside, N.Y., after graduating from the seminary.
November 13, 1997 |
Beginning Saturday, and for the next 30 days, the American Friends Service Committee will be mailing Secretary of State Madeleine Albright postcards with the picture of a hospitalized Iraqi child. It is the organization's way of appealing to Albright's conscience as the nation once again grapples with whether to take military action against Baghdad. Sending the postcards, along with one emergency kit containing layettes, diapers and other supplies, seems a small gesture, but in the AFSC value system, acts of individual conscience are at the heart of work that can have a broad impact.
November 15, 1997 |
War may be hell, but peacemaking is no easier. Just ask the Quakers, who mark the 50th anniversary this fall of their Nobel Peace Prize for relief work in post-World War II Europe. "Many times I have seen our workers fail," peace veteran Stephen Cary told 100-plus students from 23 Quaker high schools yesterday at Friends Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets. "They could give out food and water and provide housing, but they couldn't reach the bitterness and hatred that destroys a society.
October 11, 1994 |
Barbara W. Moffett, 71, of Society Hill, director of community relations for the American Friends Service Committee and a steadfast worker for racial and economic justice, died Saturday at the home of a friend in Powelton Village. In 1963, Ms. Moffett had a hand in a major event in the struggle for civil rights when she agreed to print and help distribute the letter that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from the Birmingham, Ala., jail. In the letter, Dr. King outlined his ideas on nonviolent action.
November 6, 1997 |
Fifty years ago, on Dec. 10, 1947, the leader of a Philadelphia-based religious service organization traveled to Norway to accept one of the world's greatest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize was awarded to all members of the Quaker faith, only about 200,000 people worldwide then - and today. Henry J. Cadbury, a founder and chairman of the American Friends Service Committee, went to Europe to receive the Peace Prize. Pictured here in the formal attire he wore on the occasion, Cadbury appears a bit stiff and uncomfortable.