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October 2014:Experiences of Friends of ColorAn Ode to My Quaker Father
  Melissa Valentine
There is Hope
  Gabbreell James
On Being Good
  Sharon Goens‐Bradley
A Journey Toward Eliminating Racism
  Vanessa Julye

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Indigo Tomatoes

Everyday racism at the farmers’ market.

La Verne Maria Shelton, philosopher-mystic, mathophile, and musician, taught academic philosophy until 1996, and has worked as a mental health counselor. She is a former Friend in Residence at the Pendle Hill study center, and her ministry among Friends includes workshop offerings that nurture diverse and transformative spiritual community. She is a member of Plainfield (Vt.) Meeting.


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Dear Friend/Good White Person

A letter from that person of color you approach for conversation at random times.

Regina Renee is a former classroom teacher and current public librarian. She is passionate about social justice, intellectual freedom, labyrinths, and popcorn. Yes, popcorn. She serves on the board of Western Friend and attends Mountain View Meeting in Denver, Colo. You can find her online at A Friendly Journey (friendreginarenee.blogspot.com) and on Twitter @FriendRsquared.


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A Window and a Door: A Prayer

Poetry

La Verne Maria Shelton lives in Montpelier, Vt.


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My Experience as an African American Quaker

A planned memorial for freed slaves in the cemetery exposes lingering divides.

Avis Wanda McClinton is a resident of Glenside, Pa., in Upper Dublin Township. She is a board member of the Grandom Insitution, a grant making project of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.


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Witness to Quaker Racism: A Cautionary Tale

A standoff at the meetinghouse. 🔒

Sharon Smith is a lifelong, Black-Indian Friend. She is a former clerk of the East Sandwich Preparative Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee and former co-clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting Racial Social and Economic Justice Committee. She is currently a member of the Cuffee Meeting and lives in western North Carolina and is at work on a book, Mixed Blessing: Growing Up Black-Indian and Quaker.


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Participants in the 2014 FGC Pre-Gathering Retreat for Friends of Color and their families.

A Journey toward Eliminating Racism in the Religious Society of Friends

A ministry to abolish racism within Quakerism

Vanessa Julye is the nurturing ministries coordinator for Friends General Conference’s Ministry on Racism and Youth Ministries Programs. A member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting and the Haverford College Corporation, Vanessa has published numerous articles and pamphlets and serves as a guest speaker for many Friends meetings. Vanessa meets with Friends of Color throughout the world.


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What Is the Core of Quaker Faith?

Spiritual Practice 🔒

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Books October 2014

Book reviews

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Milestones October 2014

Births, marriages, and deaths. 🔒

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