Pre-Gathering Retreat for Friends of Color and their Families
The Pre-Gathering Retreat for Friends of Color and their Families will be held from the evening of Friday, June 25 to the afternoon of Sunday, June 27, 2021. Find up-to-date information about the Retreat at the webpage here.
Daily Affinity Spaces
Gathering for Fellowship for Friends of Color Only
Monday through Friday 12:00PM – 1:30PM EDT and 6 - 7 PM EDT
Facilitator: Vanessa Julye
Gathering for Fellowship for White Friends/Friends of European Descent Addressing Racism
Monday through Friday 12:00PM – 1:30PM EDT
Facilitators: Miriam Mulsow, Jaya Karsemeyer-Bone
Gather with other white Friends (Friends of European descent) who are addressing racism and white supremacy in our lives and in our Quaker communities. Each day we will create a courageous space for sharing some of our journey, our questions and our stories.
Afternoon Activities sponsored by the People of Color Center
Monday, June 28: Dismantling Racism on Your Bookshelf 4:30 – 6 PM EDT
Tuesday, June 29: Reading to kids of all ages 4:30-6 PM EDT
Come to hear several Friends read stories aloud from children’s books. We read to people of all ages, races, and ethnicities from books about and by People of Color.
Wednesday, June 30: Racial Justice work in Your Meeting Part 1 4:30 – 6 PM EDT
Join us for a collaborative activity to help catalyze your Meeting’s anti-racism work. We will divide into breakouts according to Yearly Meetings and reflect on the landscape of racial justice work in each Meeting. With the support of volunteer facilitators from each Yearly meeting, groups will locate their meeting on the continuum of anti-racist transformation and reflect on the forces that accelerate and hold back this work in our communities. Participants may benefit from reviewing the continuum ahead of time.
Thursday, July 1: Racial Justice work in Your Meeting Part 2 4:30 – 6 PM EDT
Friday, July 2: Afternoon with Friends General Conference’s Intuitional Assessment Implementation Committee 4:30 – 6 PM EDT
Come to hear an update about the work of FGC’s Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee.
Workshops for Friends of Color Only
Monday - Friday, 2:00-3:30pm EDT: Deepening the Conversation and Building Community led by Marlene Coach, Bertha Pena, Tomi Nagai-Rothe, tom kunesh, Emma Turcotte, Oskar Castro, Hal Weaver, Crystal Wirtz, Rita Comes, Brenda Chung - read the full workshop description
Saturday, July 3, 12:00 - 6:30pm EDT: Discovering, Developing, and Acknowledging our Spiritual Gifts led by Regina Renee Ward & Diego Navarro - read the full workshop description
Workshops addressing racism
Workshop options addressing racism include:
Challenging Ethnic and Racial Divisions - Vanessa Julye and Janice Domanik
Decolonizing Our Future: A Road to Liberation - Nia Eubanks-Dixon and Sophia Burns
Quakers, Blacks and Abolition: Reflecting and Visioning - Lewis Webb and Lucy Duncan
Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples - Buffy Curtis, Liseli Haines, and Paula Palmer
White on White: Color-Brave Conversations - Chuck Esser and Polly Attwood
White on White Racial Justice Facilitator Training - Marijke van Roojen and Carolyn Lejuste
Help your Meeting challenge racism. Click here to learn more about the Ministry on Racism Program.