Evening Programs Events
“My sense of spiritual wonder and connectedness with creation and my faith have and will continue to lead me in
care for the Earth.” Beverly invites everyone to join her in work on a 1,000 Year Planning Model (just a little longer than seven generations) for an Earth restored. Beverly Ward serves as the co-clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness’s UN Working Group and as SEYM Secretary for Earthcare. She is a member and past clerk of Tampa Monthly Meeting and a member
of the SEYM Earthcare Committee. Beverly has taught and conducted research at the University of South Florida as well
as conducting research and providing technical assistance to communities, local state and federal agencies, including environmental and social justice groups. Beverly is an experiential workshop facilitator trained in conflict management, mediation, responses to violence, strategies on healing for trauma, and personal growth and is deeply involved with Alternatives to Violence Project.
Participants in the FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism, Representatives of the Task Force, and the Implementation Group will offer our stories, our joy in FGCs commitment to becoming an anti-racist faith community, and what each of us can do to bring this commitment to our own meetings.
Songwriter, Folksinger, Storyteller, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Quaker John McCutcheon will be performing at Gathering for our Wednesday night all-ages concert. John has a strong commitment to grassroots political organizations
which has put him on the front lines of issues important to communities and workers. His apprenticeship to
many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with music that has the profound mark of place, family, and strength.
Tony Fish, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek)Nation, will be speaking about the process of welcoming
former inmates back into the Muscogee community with programs and guidance designed to restore their lives as
productive citizens leading to a safer community for all. Tony has been an advocate for prisoner re-entry, appearing
in the documentary “Never Give Up” for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and
instrumental in working with the Oklahoma State Legislature in reform of current justice practices.
The migration of millions of people across the globe who seek retreat from violent conflict, climate change and economic hardship is the reality of our world. The United States has demonstrated the inability to compassionately or effectively address the plight of refugees and migrants, resulting in militarized and inhumane approaches to humanitarian crises and millions of individuals caught in legal limbo. Join Diane Randall, Itzel Hernandez and Hannah Graf Evans in the conversation on how advocates can faithfully love our neighbors (no exceptions) in our nation’s
capital and in our local communities to bring about immediate and systemic changes for justice.