Friends General Conference

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FGC at the White Privilege Conference

The White Privilege Conference (WPC) was established and is organized by an African American Professor who wanted to provide a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience. The conference strives to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformation.

The annual WPC serves as an opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. WPC provides a forum for critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege/oppression.

Since 2011, FGC has sponsored a group discount for the White Privilege Conference. Between 40 and 60 Quakers attend each year, taking advantage of a deep discount on registration. FGC and local provided a space at the conference for Quaker worship and worship sharing daily. In addition, local Friends provided overnight hospitality to out-of-state participants, as well as arranged carpools to and from the hotel each day.

The 2013 White Privilege Conference took place this year in Seattle with more than 40 Friends of 2,100 people attending.  This was the fourth year FGC has sponsored a group of Friends attending.

Power, Privilege, and the Search for Community: A Reflection on the White Privilege Conference – March 28-31, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM
When I attended the FGC conference in Grinnell, I learned that FGC was encouraging Quakers to participate in the White Privilege Conference. So I attended the 13th White Privilege Conference in spring, 2012. It was like going into a lively, open city where everyone was talking about all aspects of privilege.
The FGC Consultation for Friends who have attended WPC will be in Marine on Saint Croix, MN, from September 27th to September 29th, 2013. This consultation is by invitation only.