Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Understanding & Healing White Supremacy

Photo by Arthur Fink

This eRetreat offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives.  You will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression in the United States and explore how Quaker faith and practice and provide grounding, tools, and fire for our work against racial injustice.  You will explore how Spirit is calling you to action for racial justice while gaining tools for identifying and disrupting racism, white privilege, and white supremacy.

Offered October 14 - November 9, 2018 (four weeks, $35 pay-as-led participation fee).  Weekly (optional) Community Conversation Video Calls will be held on Wednesdays at 8:30pm Eastern / 5:30pm Pacific.

eRetreat Weekly Themes:

Week 1: Defining Racism, Bias, and White Supremacy

Week 2: Our Role as Individuals in a Racist Society

Week 3: Quaker Community & White Supremacy

Week 4: Tools for Dismantling White Supremacy


The Understanding and Healing White Supremacy eRetreat will be co-facilitated by Regina Renee Ward and Polly Washburn.

Regina Renee Ward attends Mountain View Friends Meeting in Denver, Colorado. She is a public librarian, and former public school teacher. She is passionate about social justice, intellectual freedom, books, and labyrinths. Her work with Friends and racial healing was born out of necessity as she navigates life as both a Black woman and a Friend. She identifies as a Christian Friend and her favorite book in the Bible is James. Her life verse is Micah 6:8.

Polly Washburn also attends Mountain View Friends Meeting. Her work history falls under the umbrella of story-telling via journalism, video and web content. Her passion for racial justice stems from being raised in a multiracial family and community, and experiencing differences in race relations as she lived in various parts of the country and world. Working with formerly incarcerated citizens resulted in a leading to work to end mass incarceration and disenfranchisement.