Reflections on the 2022 White Privilege Conference
Two Friends General Conference staff members attended the 2022 White Privilege Conference in-person in Charlotte, North Carolina, and several other staff members attended virtually. Linnea Halsten, Ministry on Racism Program Assistant, and Vanessa Julye, Ministry on Racism Program Coordinator, both enjoyed their in-person experiences. Vanessa’s reflections are below.
“This year’s White Privilege Conference was my first opportunity to attend a hybrid conference,” Vanessa shared. “As a hybrid event there were more people present virtually than in-person making it the smallest WPC I have attended. It was nice to gather with Friends in-person for worship in the Quaker Room at the Charlotte Convention Center. I appreciated Charlotte Friends Meeting’s support with making that room a welcoming space for everyone.”
Vanessa continued: “As a Friend, the focus on religion and its relationship with White Supremacy was very important. It was nice being able to connect with people from other religious denominations working on identifying and eliminating White Supremacy in their religious congregations. Rev. Gregory Drumwright, Khyati Joshi, Resmaa Menakem, and Bree Newsome gave powerful keynotes.”
FGC looks forward to participating in WPC 2023, which will be held in Mesa, Arizona.
To read reflections of previous WPCs, please visit the White Privilege Conference Reflections pages from previous years.