Welcome to the Friends Center for Racial Justice

Due to COVID-19 there are no on site events currently occurring at FCRJ

Anti-Racism Analysis Training March 27-29 will be virtual. Please register below if you plan to join us.

Friends will be notified of future site events.
Please feel free to call 607-319-2644 for additional information.


The Friends Center for Racial Justice was formed out of the longing for a deeply rooted spiritual community united by authentic and just relationships, forgiveness and love, and from a recognition of the need to overcome the barriers that separate us.

2020 Workshops & Events

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Jan. 29

Power to Heal, 7:00 pm, Cinemapolis, Ithaca. Free. FCRJ is a co-sponsor of this film screening on the historic struggle to secure equal access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how Medicare was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight. (Finger Lakes for New York Health@Fingerlakes4NYHealth)

Feb. 1, 8, 15   

Why Color Matters: 3-Part On-line Webinar, 5-7 pm Eastern time. Missed the first session? It’s not too late to register. View the video for part one and join us for parts 2&3. Followed by discussion (date to be determined by the group). Offered in conjunction with Center for the Study of White American Culture (www.euroamerican.org).

Feb. 12 – Mar. 18

Connecting Faith and Money: 6-Part On-line Webinar. Weds: Noon-1:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm. Followed by discussion (date to be determined by the group). Limited to 8 participants. “Money, Faith and You” is for anyone who has wondered how to deeply integrate their faith into life choices about money, time, working and lifestyle. Offered in conjunction with Faith and Money Network. Followed by FCRJ discussion, date to be determined by the group; FCRJ.) (faithandmoneynetwork.org)

Feb. 28-Mar. 1  

FCRJ Opening Gathering for 2020, Corporate Apologies, Corporate Forgiveness: Steps Toward Building an Equitable Society of Friends. At a round table discussion about reconciliation, a participant said, “Don’t freeze people in time.” She observed how we tend to remember mistakes people make and never grant them the opportunity to change.

  • What if we are part of a system which is racist with different outcomes based on race?
  • What if the institutions, traditions, and memories that we love reinforce/recreate racism? For centuries structural racism has continually contributed to entrenched racial inequality.
  • While enslavement and racism cannot be undone, how are amends made for past and present harms?
  • How do we repair the legacy of slavery that has been inherited?

During our time together, we will examine how racism, including implicit bias, and privilege, affect our understanding and experience of conflict. We will embrace discomfort to foster self-awareness, honesty, and community in a supportive environment.

Mar. 13-15   

Intersection of Race and Gender.

2020 is a pivotal year for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls everywhere. This weekend is an opportunity to come together to share stories and consider local global movements involving women:

  • Information Sharing on the Seneca Falls Seminar on Wheels
  • The 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women
  • Adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
  • 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nation in NY March 9-20

Mar. 27-29   

Anti-Racism Analysis Training. This training will be virtual. Please register if you plan to join us. Contact Angela@FRCJ.org to be added to the wait list or to register for the training.

Apr. 17-19   

Racial Justice and Eco-justice:  Solutions for an Earth Restored.  The climate crisis has brought new urgency to concerns for both racial and eco-justice.  Just as the causes are intertwined (systems based on the few dominating the many and on the objectification of living beings), so are the solutions:  upholding universal human rights, valuing the connections among all beings, and protecting the biosphere that supports us all.

May 1-3   

Radical Faithfulness, Spiritual Grounding to Interrupt Racism. A Friend asked “How do we begin to see and examine clear examples of institutional change?” A Friend responded, “We are our institutions. Is it realistic for us to expect change in our institutions without committing to seeing and interrupting racism within ourselves?” Join us for a time of discernment about our inherited narratives, and the ways culture and values can find expression in non-dominant ways.

May 29-31   

A Case for Reparations. John Woolman articulated a case for reparations for slavery. Our objectives for this weekend are to:

  • Update the wider body to the work of FCRJ’s Working Group on Reparations
  • Share the variety of acts of reparations that have/are taking place
  • Continue to address the concerns and action steps created at our FCRJ Opening Session weekend of February 28 (Corporate Apologies/Corporate Forgiveness – Steps toward Building an Equitable Religious Society of Friends), and FCRJ’s Minute of Exercise of October 5, 2019.

June 5-7   

Racism and the Differently-Abled: Intertwined Hurdles for People of Color.

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