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Ministry on Racism

Bringing White Privilege Conference Back to Our Meetings

On the second day of the White Privilege Conference, around 40 Friends came together to discuss "How can we bring what we've learned at WPC back to our meetings?" Through the course of the discussion, Friends identified the different spirutual and secular communities that they felt would benefit from more conversations around White Privilege Conference, White Supremacy, and other forms of privilege and oppression, and also discussed different ways we could support each other after the conference came to a close. Below are some of the notes that came from this discussion:

Encouraging diversity and racial justice through the Ministry on Racism

Image credit: Stoph Hallward

A Friend at FGC once said “In order to know God, we have to know all the faces of God.” This sentiment has become one of the rallying cries of FGC’s Ministry on Racism program, which works with individual Friends and Quaker meetings to examine the roots of white supremacy in order to facilitate a more diverse and egalitarian Religious Society of Friends.

2015 Retreat for Friends of Color and Their Families

FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program is sponsoring a Gathering for Friends of Color and adults parenting children of color, whether parents by birth or by adoption.

Meals and program will be at Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center.

This fall FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program is sponsoring an opportunity in the Midwest for Friends of Color and their families to come together to build an incredible multigenerational community through:

2014 Retreat for Friends of Color and Adults Parenting Children of Color

FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program is sponsoring a Gathering for Friends of Color and adults parenting children of color, whether parents by birth or by adoption.

Meals and program will be at Mountain View Friends Meeting, Denver, CO.

This fall FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program is sponsoring an opportunity in the Midwest for Friends of Color and their families to come together to build an incredible multigenerational community through:

Quaker Discussion During WPC15 Accountability Session

- Carl Moore, Ph.D

WPC has committed to becoming a “community of action” with the goal that every participant will take their conference learning beyond the walls of the program classrooms and back into our own home environments by way of meaningful action. To do this, each conference program of the WPC ultimately has an intentional action component. Our goal is to weave accountability programs and processes throughout the conference itself, and offers a variety of workshops with a very explicit action and accountability focus. Some members of the Quaker community at WPC15 in Madison took this time to hold a "Quaker Accountability Session" in the Quaker Hospitality Room. This is what came of their discussion:

Consultation for Friends who have attended the White Privilege Conference

September 27th - September 29th, 2013, twenty-two friends gathered at Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center in Minnesota for a consultation on the impact of attending the White Privilege Conference, an event concevied and organized by an African American man, with support from FGC.

Friends General Conference has supported Friends' attendance at the White Privilege Conference by negotiating a group discount, organizing home hospitality, providing a hospitality room on or near the site of the conference, and holding worship during the conference.

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