The Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism is a coalition of six Quaker organizations and Friends who are working together to accelerate the movement for, and capacity to create, racial justice among (and beyond) Friends through the creation of the Quakers Uprooting Racism community of practice program– racial justice changemakers learning and experimenting with actions together.​

The QCUR Steering Committee—made up of representatives of the below organizations and Friends—
oversees the care of the Quakers Uprooting Racism community of practice program.

Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism Vision, Mission, & Goal

Getting Involved

Financial– This is a huge need of QCUR as we heavily rely on financial support from meetings to carry forward our work  ​

Join the Racial Justice Quarterly Newsletter- 

  • This newsletter we will send individually to your email adddress. If you or others in your community would like to receive these newsletters, please visit https://groups.google.com/g/qcur-newsletter and click “try asking to join the group.

Theory of Change:

We see ourselves as a seed reflecting the Quaker community that is not yet, a thriving beloved and loving community that feels like freedom, where our differences are affirmed rather than eradicated. We understand that it is through circles of influence that this growth and transformation can manifest in community. This expansion is dependent on the interconnected relationships within the Religious Society of Friends and beyond.

Our theory of change is built on these assumptions and suggests: 

If…

  • We bring together a group of racial justice co-conspirators to deepen relationships, teach and learn skills together, and co-activate systems interventions; and
  • We center the voices on the margins of the Religious Society of Friends recognizing they often hold the deepest vision for Quaker community (e.g. BIPOC Friends, young Friends, queer Friends, those who are affiliated with Quaker communities but not members); 

Then… we can move the Religious Society of Friends forward in becoming a fully transforming, co-creative community which understands that dismantling white supremacy and creating beloved community is an elemental aspect of our faith.


Quakers Uprooting Racism Program

This 9-month hybrid program seeks to be Spirit-led, made up of a wide representation of the Quaker community, co-creative and focused on developing skills, knowledge and experiences to aid in the dismantling of white supremacy within the Religious Society of Friends and beyond. 

The through the 9-month Quaker Uprooting Racism Program the community actively practices…​

  • Building trusting relationships with one another; ​
  • Collectively naming and developing strategies to dismantle white supremacy and foster root level change (meaningful rather than performative change); ​
  • Skill-building toward change strategies and experimenting with them, bringing learnings from those actions back to the group.​

Quaker Uprooting Racism Program Format


Share the below flyer with your meeting!



QCUR statement on Racial Wounding and Racial Justice in Quaker Communities


Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism’s:
Catalyzing Communities Newsletter

This is the last newsletter we will send individually to your email address. If you or others in your community would like to receive these newsletters moving forward, please visit https://groups.google.com/g/qcur-newsletter and click “try asking to join the group.”

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Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism’s
Catalyzing Communities Newsletter

The Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism’s Catalyzing Communities Committee creates pathways of connection for people in Quaker communities (including QCUR alumni and cohort participants) to plug in and feel inspired, supported, and sustained in racial justice and liberation work.  We hope this seasonal newsletter of offerings and resources can support that effort.  

To add an offering to our newsletter please fill out this submission form.

Spring 2024 Events

Stopping the Militarization of Border Communities
AFSC
March 26, 7:00pm ET via Zoom
Join AFSC to hear from our New Hampshire and US Mexico Border Programs about AFSC’s longstanding work to stop the militarization of borders.

Pursuing a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine: What Can Quakers Bring to the Table
Pendle Hill
April 1, 2024, 7:30-9pm ET on campus and via Zoom
A First Monday Lecture with Steve Chase

Bayard T. Rustin: the pragmatic Quaker and his political life
Woodbrooke
April 5-26, 2024, live Zoom sessions every Friday, 10-11:30am ET
Bayard T. Rustin was committed to social, political, and economic justice and equality. This often led him to controversial policy positions. This course will consider how Rustin’s Quakerism informed and structured his social and political life.

25th Annual White Privilege Conference
FGC
April 3-6, 2024
This conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a wonderful anti-racism learning opportunity and Quaker-affiliated participants can pre-register with Friends General Conference to receive a special discount code for 10% off their registration fees.

Quaker Institute: Living Our Testimonies in “The Fierce Urgency of Now”
Pendle Hill
May 2-5, 2024
A gathering at Pendle Hill, outside of Philadelphia, to explore how we can meet this political moment as Friends, individually and collectively. 


New Resources

Addressing Patterns of Racial Wounding and Racial Justice in Quaker Communities, January 2024
Lauren Brownlee & Zenaida Peterson
Pendle Hill First Monday Lecture Recording
Written Guide

The BlackQuaker Project Challenges Quakerism, February 2024
Dr. Harold D. Weaver Jr., BlackQuaker Project (BQP) and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, QUNO Geneva Director Pendle Hill First Monday Lecture Recording 

The Bayard Rustin Legacy Forum, February 2024 Dr. Harold D. Weaver, Jr., Lauren Brownlee, Dr. terrence wiley, Dr. Sa’ed Atshan (moderator) Black Quaker Project Forum Recording


Ongoing Offerings & Resources

FGC’s Ministry on Racism has been offering ongoing virtual spaces for people of color and white Friends confronting racism to worship and find fellowship.

Worship for People of Color (Wednesdays weekly, 1 PM ET; Wednesdays biweekly, 8 PM ET; third Sunday of each month, 8 PM ET.)

Worship Sharing for People of Color(Wednesdays biweekly, 8 PM ET)

BIPOC Women’s Space(First Monday, 3 PM ET and first Thursday, 8 PM ET of each month)

Worship for White Friends Confronting Racism (Thursdays, 8 PM ET)

FCNL: Join an Advocacy Team

Friends Council on Education
Community Conversations on Race
Equity and Justice Resources

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoplesa program of Friends Peace Teams

Woodbrooke’s Peace and Social Justice Course Offerings

Gaza & Israel
The organizations that make up QCUR are all dedicated to racial justice as a form of peacebuilding and understand the peacebuilding needed in this moment is an extension of QCUR’s work.

AFSC’s Emergency Response Resources
FCNL Resources: The War in Israel-Palestine


Meetings for Worship

QVS Worship with Attention to Gaza, Tuesdays & Thursdays at noon ET

AFSC Worship with Attention to Peace in Palestine & Israel, Thursdays at 5:30 pm ET
AFSC Weekly Action Hour for Ceasefire, Fridays at noon ET 

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