Many Quakers view activism as part of living our faith. If we agree with David Billings (author of Deep Denial) that race is a political construct, we may feel obligated to choose political action as a means to be better white allies. If we choose to work on undoing racism within our faith community, we still need to change how power is distributed. Come share your questions and your journey toward racial justice with others on that path.
The weekend runs from an introductory session on Friday starting at 7pm through 5pm on Saturday. We will provide experiences to help each participant clarify what s/he wants to do next. We will have chances to work in small groups, journal, participate in worship and in worship sharing. We will listen to a panel of Quaker activists tell their stories.
For those who can stay there will be an opportunity for fellowship and more sharing on Saturday evening. Participants are invited to worship on Sunday morning with Ithaca Monthly Meeting.
Jeannine Laverty is a member of Easton Meeting, which is across the Hudson from her home in Saratoga Springs. She is a professional storyteller who worked primarily in schools, telling folk and historical tales and teaching storytelling. She serves on the Task Group on Racism in New York Yearly Meeting, and is on the coordinating committee of Friends Center for Racial Justice.
Mary Pugh Clark is a member of Montclair Meeting and lives one town over in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She is on the coordinating committee of Friends Center for Racial Justice, and a member of European American Quakers Working to End Racism and the Task Group on Racism in New York Yearly Meeting. Mary wrote the official study guide for Deep Denial. Before retiring she taught history and social studies at Montclair High School for 38 years.
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