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For the June movie night, Susan led Friends through several multimedia reflections of the Tulsa Massacre that brought home how the past is present as we mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre.

Here are some of the resources shared or reviewed by the Racial Justice Working Group in preparation for the evening:

The testimony on May 19, 2021, to a House Judiciary Subcommittee by three survivors - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/20/us/tulsa-massacre-survivors.html

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During the Day 1 keynote address by Dr. Hal Weaver, one Friend captured a screenshot of queries shared.

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Mid-South Pride this year was small and quick. Here's to next year's Pride - may it be large and last the whole day!

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Tree taken & lost (a poem by Carol)

They cut down the tree
Last summer, or
Was it yesterday?
The hole in the sky
Is still there.
It took five men
Five days to butcher it
It was so big.

A great elm
Its limbs lifted over
One-hundred feet
Into the sky like
A bouquet of roses.
Oh, my heart ached
To hear the whine
Of the awful saws.

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The query for Meeting for Worship on May 30 was: "It’s Memorial Day weekend. A ritual time set aside to remember and memorialize, especially those who died in wartime. Who do you remember? Do you have any rituals of remembrance? What might a Quaker Memorial Day look like?"

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Carol writes:

Wow. I just downloaded the YM schedule -- all nine pages! YM starts on Saturday June 5 and lasts through Sunday June 13th -- that's nine days. Weekends are devoted to worship and business with workshops and worship sharing during the week. There are two plenaries -- one on the first Saturday, the other on the following Friday.

The weekday workshops occupy 3 time slots at 3, 5, and 7 CDT so, if you have the stamina, you could theoretically attend 15 workshops this year!

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