Race, Education and the Power of Silence
Brennan Barnard on silent worship at Westtown Friends School: As our hour concludes, the meetinghouse erupts with hundreds of teenage voices. The chatter and laughter spill out into the brisk air and we disperse, his message on race and hurt lingering in the empty room and in the sophistication of our awareness.
Quaker values vs practices and testimonies
From Craig Barnett: The weakness of our current language of ‘Quaker values’ is that it can lead us to focus more on our thoughts and feelings rather than our actions – emphasising what we value and believe over what we do. We have tended to turn the Quaker way into a list of values, beliefs and principles. Perhaps this is because it serves our need to feel secure, comfortable and good about ourselves.
The Testimony of Humility
Mark Wutka wants to highlight a Quaker value: I think humility should be in the list – that we should consider whether what we feel we are led to do is from a spirit of meekness, gentleness and humility. Maybe this means that we don’t always have to be right (okay, that one stings). Maybe it means that instead of writing the other people off as stupid, we try to understand why they disagree with us.
Black Lives Matter and (White) Quakers
Lynn Fitz-Hugh looks at what what QUakers have to say about Black Lives Matter: “Prior to all this I have felt that as Quakers, as a primarily white church, that we did not appropriately have something to say about Black Lives Matter. That it is not white people’s place to speak to either what Black people’s experience is or what actions they are lead to take. That much of our attempts to help, while well meaning, reflects an ignorance of the actually history of racism in this country or the experience of Black people. However, the day after hearing all these messages from Black people about present day racism, I found myself in Meeting for Worship”
Interview with Arab Quaker Sa’ed Ashtan in building bridges of peace
One goal of Atshan’s research is to provide a counternarrative to the stereotype that the Middle East is devoid of nonviolent movements or philosophies. Atshan himself embodies that supposed contradiction, but he finds his Palestinian and Quaker identities deeply compatible.
Thursday night FGC plenary by Nekima Levy-Pounds
The plenary by the head of the Minneapolis NAACP was one of the most talked-about moments at last week’s FGC Gathering in Minnesota.
We Have More Power than We Know
Eileen Flanagan’s TedX talk tells the story of how a team of Quaker activists challenged a major bank supporting mountaintop removal in the mining industry.
FGC and the culture of white supremacy
FGC on Sunday Concerning White Supremacy, FGC and the Gathering
Asking a meeting to sit with anger
A Friend turned to their meeting to help them process their anger after the Orlando shooting:
It’s hard for me to admit that I’m not doing as well as I’d like to, that I might let down the people I admire. I’ve usually tried to be fairly self-contained when it comes to depression and anxiety, but I was moved earlier this year to ask for a Committee of Care around these problems.