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March 2017: Race & Anti-Racism

Move in Our Midst by Paul Ricketts
Welcoming the Strong Black Woman by Valerie Brown
Stumbling Forward Toward Racial Justice Among Friends by Lucy Duncan and Noah White
Memorializing Friends of African Descent, by Liz Oppenheimer with George Schaefer
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March full issue access

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Continuing Work

Our introduction to the March 2017 issue on Race and Anti-Racism.

Martin Kelley is the senior editor of Friends Journal.


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Forum, March 2017

Letters from our readers. Discussions on peak experiences, picking business partners, beliefs and practices of Friends, teaching in non-Quaker schools, […]

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Move in Our Midst

Stumbling blocks and white supremacy cut us off from God and from each other.

Paul Ricketts is an avid reader, educator, and social activist; a member of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Meeting; and a member of the communication/outreach committee of Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. He has given over 35 years of volunteer service with American Friends Service Committee.


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Welcoming the Strong Black Woman among Us

The energy to appear strong and the socially imposed obligation to rise above it all can be exhausting.

Valerie Brown is a retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life (leadsmartcoaching​.com). She is ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh and is a member of Solebury (Pa.) Meeting.


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Stumbling Forward toward Racial Justice among Friends

Two Friends share their stories of growing up in a race-defined world and how they’ve been led to work for […]

Lucy Duncan serves American Friends Service Committee as director of Friends Relations and is a storyteller and member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Noah White is an adjunct professor at Temple University in the College of Public Health. He loves a challenge and the thrill of competition. He also enjoys helping others attain their kinesthetic goals.

 


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God Loves Us All?

The still, small voice within tells us that any work or sacrifice without love is a waste of time.

Phil Lord is the clerk of the board of American Friends Service Committee and a founding member of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. He currently serves as the executive director of a service and advocacy organization that works on behalf of low-income tenants.


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Our Drop in the Wave of Liberation

A visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not […]

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting and serves on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and Growing Diverse Leadership Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. She is a member of Sandy Spring Friends School’s board of trustees, the DC Peace Team, and the Quaker Palestine–Israel Network.


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Honoring Those Known Only to God

A group of Friends hopes to identify North American Quaker burial grounds that hold remains of African American men, women, […]

Current committee members for Honoring Those Known Only To God are from Alaska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. You can visit the Honoring Project’s YouTube channel at http://​bit​.ly/​Y​o​u​T​u​b​e​H​o​n​o​r​i​n​g​P​r​o​j​U​GRR or email them at [email protected]​gmail.​com.

  • Avis Wanda McClinton, Upper Dublin (Pa.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
  • Joe Coscia and Tricia Coscia, Yardley (Pa.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Linda Lotz, Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Oppenheimer, Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.),  Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative.
  • Sarah Yvonne Blackburn Kehoe, Chena Ridge Friends Meeting (Fairbanks, Alaska), Alaska Friends Conference.
  • Tom Grabe, Germantown Meeting (Philadelphia, Pa.). Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

 

Update: This list has been revised to include the names and monthly and yearly affiliations of members of the committee.


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Memorializing Friends of African Descent

A Friends meeting learns about an invisible racial history right in its own backyard.

More information about the Honoring Those Known Only to God project, including participant stories and advices about how Friends can begin this work in their local meeting or church, can be found at Friendsjournal​.org/​h​o​n​o​r​i​n​g​-​p​r​o​j​ect.


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