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White Privilege Conference March 20-23, 2019

This year’s White Privilege Conference (WPC) will be March 20-23, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As usual, FGC is offering discounts to all Friends. This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years. There will be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference. FGC is working on ways to support Friends with less expensive overnight housing.

Find out more and register with FGC to receive a discount

You will still need to register with the White Privilege Conference

What is the White Privilege Conference?

1. WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

2. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks.

3. It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.

4. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

5. WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism.

6. WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”

Who attends the WPC?

The conference is unique in its ability to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, nonprofit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, and members of the spiritual community and corporate arena. Annually, more than 1,500 attend from more than 35 states, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, and Germany.

Friends General Conference pre-registration for the White Privilege Conference is open. You must complete the Friends General Conference pre-registration form in order to receive the FGC group discount. Instructions for how to complete the whole registration process are provided on our pre-registration form. Additionally, folks requesting home hospitality will have the opportunity to sign up on this form.

Find out more and pre-register with FGC to receive a discount

You will still need to register with the White Privilege Conference

We encourage you to complete the registration form on the White Privilege Conference website as soon as possible because completing the FGC pre-registration does not reserve you a spot at the Conference. Your spot at the WPC will only be confirmed after you complete registration on their website.

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Anti-racism update from FGC

How are people in Friends General Conference (FGC) creating community that is accessible, equitable, and transformational? FGC’s task force on our “Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within FGC” offered this summary of the ongoing work as of November of 2018:

“Two years after Friends General Conference’s governing body approved the initiation of an institutional assessment on systemic racism within FGC, a summary with recommendations and a full report are now available.

Based on these, FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, has approved a minute to commit FGC to becoming an anti-racist organization in a multi-year process. There was strong unity in the body, which gives hope to many.”

The full report notes that “This will be a multi-year process to uproot from within ourselves the on-going reality of white supremacy that spiritually harms us all.”

Last weekend, FGC’s Executive Committee approved the names for a task force charged with implementing the recommendations and moving the work forward within FGC and with FGC Friends. Stay tuned for further developments.

You can read an interview with the co‐clerks of the original Task Force from the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal.

Marvin Barnes (Birmingham) and Caroline Lejuste (Red Cedar), Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends, served on the Task Force. LEYM and individual LEYM meetings have contributed generously toward FGC’s Institutional Assessment. A number of LEYM Friends serve on FGC working groups, committees, Central Committee (the governing body), and Executive Committee.

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Letter from Pittsburgh Friends Meeting

Posted 11/13/18

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for your words of support as well as your prayers for our community and our nation.  It makes a significant difference in these moments to be reminded of the connections we have with each other.

Recognizing the unique role of guns in this violence, we approved the attached minute at our November Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

Like you, we want this and all similar events to translate into Spirit-led action.  Right now there are immediate needs – if you’re led to make financial contributions, THIS link supports families of the victims. The roots of this violence are deep, however, and we pray that the tragedy also renews our vigor, dedication, and perseverance in addressing those.  A sampling of ideas that have surfaced for us so far include:

  • Reassuring immigrants in our communities that they are welcome and have our support – they know their presence in this country was a motivation for the violence.
  • Establishing relationships, or deeper relationships, with any group that feels outside of our normal circle (potentially the Orthodox community, people of other political persuasions, or any number of other groups)
  • Increased pressure on technology companies and elected officials to take responsibility for the social effects of their platforms

There are many other potential actions on individual, group, and institutional levels.  Hillel the Elder’s words sound the clarion call more than ever – “If not now, when?” We pray that all of us will find ways to let our lives speak powerfully to these times.

In the Light,

Kathie Hollingshead, Susan Loucks, and Richard Shaw
Clerks, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting

Pittsburgh Meeting: Minute Responding to Gun Violence in our Society

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News on anti-racism steps in FGC

Posted 11/6/18

A few weeks ago, a detailed report and recommendations on steps we can take to move Friends General Conference toward being an anti-racist organization were brought to FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, by an FGC task force that includes three LEYM Friends. Central Committee, which includes a number of additional LEYM Friends, endorsed these steps and is moving forward with the work. You can read the October Progress Report for FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within FGC on FGC’s website at the following link:

https://www.fgcquaker.org/news/october-report-institutional-assessment-racism-task-force-recommendations-fgc-central-committee

In short, the approved Central Committee minute reads as follows:

Central Committee approves the establishment of a group to implement the work of the Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within Friends General Conference.  Its charge shall be to guide the transformation of Friends General Conference into an anti-racist organization.

Consistent with the decision of Central Committee in 2017 to prioritize the work of anti-racism, FGC commits to work to eliminate white supremacy within the Religious Society of Friends and to model anti-racism as we support the work of this implementation group.

Central Committee authorizes the Institutional Assessment Working Group (IAWG) to serve as a naming committee to bring forward the names of eight Friends to serve on this implementation group.  The names for the implementation group shall be brought forward for approval to Executive Committee at its winter 2019 meeting. The individuals to be recommended shall constitute at least 50 percent Friends of Color and consideration shall be given to include Young Adult Friends and broad geographic representation.

The Implementation Group will use the information and recommendations from the Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within Friends General Conference 2018 report to begin their work and its work shall not be limited to the scope of the report and its recommendations. The implementation group shall be accountable to Central Committee and will report its progress to each Executive Committee Meeting and annually to Central Committee.  Central Committee authorizes the IAWG to propose an appropriate budget to support the work of the implementation group and authorizes the Executive Committee to approve that budget at its winter 2019 meeting.

You can also read the Executive Summary and the the full Institutional Assessment Report to FGC’s Central Committee.

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Update on FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Racism Oct 2018

Posted 10/5/18

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting strongly supports FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Racism with both donations and participation. The Assessment is looking at where FGC Friends currently stand in being complicit with the institutionalized racism that permeates North American culture and how Quakers can move toward being anti-racist in our culture and institutions.

Three Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends serve on the Institutional Assessment Task Force: Marvin Barnes (Birmingham Meeting), Carolyn Lejuste (Red Cedar), and Dwight Wilson (Ann Arbor). The Task Force has just provided an update on the progress of their work as they prepare to bring recommendations for change to FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, later in October.

The report and links to background on the Assessment

More recent news as of 11/10/18

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Understanding & Healing White Supremacy eRetreat Oct 14-Nov 9, 2018

This eRetreat from Friends General Conference 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 while exploring Quaker faith and practice. The materials will 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).

More information and registration

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FGC discount to White Privilege Conference April 28-30 2017

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City, Missouri, April 28-30,  2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends. This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years. Marvin Barnes of Birmingham Meeting will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends.

What is the White Privilege Conference?

1. WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

2. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks.

3. It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.

4. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

5. WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism.

6. WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”

Who attends the WPC?

The conference is unique in its ability to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, nonprofit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, and members of the spiritual community and corporate arena. Annually, more than 1,500 attend from more than 35 states, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, and Germany.

Friends General Conference pre-registration for the White Privilege Conference is open. You must complete the Friends General Conference pre-registration form in order to receive the FGC group discount. Instructions for how to complete the whole registration process are provided on our pre-registration form. Additionally, folks requesting home hospitality will have the opportunity to sign up on this form. Click here to pre-register:

We encourage you to complete the registration form on the White Privilege Conference website as soon as possible because completing the FGC pre-registration does not reserve you a spot at the Conference. Your spot at WPC18 will only be confirmed after you complete registration on their website.  The White Privilege Conference registration can be found here: http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/registration.html

If you have questions please contact FGC Ministry on Racism folks:

Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org

Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

 

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