Your Experience of Assumptions
The questions below invite you to reflect on your own experiences of inclusion/exclusion based on your various identities.
What are ways that you have been less included or less welcomed because of some part of your identity? When have you been the target of assumptions?
What are ways that you have hurt others because of their identity/your racism/other bias?
Examining Your Assumptions about “Quakers”
When you imagine welcoming newcomers into your meeting, who are you thinking of? The queries below invite you to pay attention to the assumptions that may be shaping your interactions, outreach, and welcoming practices.
What assumptions can we identify that we as a society, as a meeting, or we individually make about newcomers?
What assumptions do we make about Quakerism and who it is for?
What assumptions do we make about Welcoming, and who is welcome at Friends Meeting?
What assumptions do we make about what newcomers believe/think/understand with regard to Quakers and Quakerism?
Reflect and Pray
What are your growing edges in work around assumptions, implicit bias, and racial justice? Where do you feel like you are being invited/called to grow in this work?