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October 2014:Experiences of Friends of ColorAn Ode to My Quaker Father
There is Hope
On Being Good
A Journey Toward Eliminating Racism
Growing up black and Quaker.
Melissa Valentine is a writer and acquisitions editor living in Oakland, Calif. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Mills College. In 2013, Melissa was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters writing contest. Her work has appeared in Sassafras Literary Magazine. She is currently at work completing her memoir, The Names of All the Flowers.Posted in: Features, October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color
Oskar Castro lives in Philadelphia, Pa.Posted in: October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color, Poetry
The search for a welcoming meeting
The mother of two great kids, Gabbreell James is a lifelong Quaker from Woodbury, N.J., and a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She serves on Friends General Conference’s Central Committee and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Nominating Committee.Posted in: Features, October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color
Answering the racial stereotypes.
tonya thames taylor is a convinced Quaker who attends Fallowfield Meeting in Ercildoun, Pa. (of East Fallowfield Township). She works for the abolition of human trafficking.Posted in: Features, October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color
Seeking a multicultural and multiracial faith community.
Paul Ricketts is a member of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Meeting and currently serves on American Friends Service Committee’s Community, Equality, and Justice Board Committee and its Midwest Executive Committee. He also serves on Friends General Conference’s Committee for Nurturing Ministries.Posted in: Features, October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color
Joining a meeting does not purify us of racism.
Dwight L. Wilson, father of four sons and member of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Meeting, worked as an educator at Oakwood Friends School, Moorestown Friends School, and Friends School in Detroit. He also served as Friends General Conference general secretary and writes historical novels, including Sarah’s Song and Out of the Shadow of Darkness.Posted in: Features, October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color
Opening up those parts of ourselves we keep in the shadows.
Sharon Goens-Bradley works for the American Friends Service Committee and is the Healing Justice Program director in the Twin Cities office in Minnesota. Sharon has a master's degree in counseling psychology and has worked as a mediator, circle keeper, and restorative justice practitioner. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and daughter.Posted in: Features, October 2014: Experience of Friends of Color
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