Anti-racism Task Force - Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort
Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort - The WhatThe movement for racial justice within Quaker institutions, yearly meetings, and Quaker schools has been building over the past 15 years. Now, several Quaker organizations – including Friends Council on Education, Friends General Conference (FGC), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Pendle Hill – have formed a coalition to accelerate the work to end white supremacy within the Religious Society of Friends, in Quaker schools and organizations, and in the wider community.
Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort - The How and WhenThe organizations plan to host a community of practice (a group of folks learning and experimenting together) of 80 or so people from throughout Friends Schools and the Religious Society of Friends, seeking racial parity and with substantial representation from LGBTQ+ and young Friends.
The cohort commitment is participation in one virtual and one in-person retreat as well as intervening monthly zoom sessions from September, 2021 through June, 2022.
This cohort group will design, execute and reflect on strategies for change; create and share teaching tools and resources to promote best practices; plan for sustained racial justice work in participants’ home communities; and catalyze sustained work on reparations, decolonization, and abolition.
Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort - The WhoNationally known facilitators, Niyonu Spann and Lisa Graustein will guide the cohort sessions.
“Friends Council has long offered anti-racism programming for Friends School educators and Quaker schools have made a deep commitment to equity, justice and belonging,” says Friends Council Associate Director Deborra Sines Pancoe. “We enthusiastically embrace this opportunity to engage and partner with Quakers across the country to move this work forward.”
“We are very excited about our collective work and the potential for this project to catalyze deeper change among our dearly beloved faith community,” said Vanessa Julye, FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program Coordinator . “We hope that Friends will join us in this faithful work in moving closer to our Quaker vision of ‘heaven on earth.’”