QuakerSpeak, August 2021

Have you seen the one about the difference between a welcoming and an inclusive space? Friends Lisa Graustein, Anthony Kirk, Mary Linda McKinney, and Sarah Katreen Hoggatt explore the question of what distinguishes a welcoming Quaker meeting from one that’s genuinely inclusive.

“Many people in the U.S. will assume I’m a Quaker because I fit a lot of the demographic norms of what a Quaker looks like. I know for some of my friends of color that’s not their experience walking in the door, and that ‘Are you a Quaker?’ can be an assumption of ‘I somehow think maybe you don’t belong here.’”

—Lisa Graustein, member of Three Rivers Meeting in Boston, Mass.

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