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Addressing Race in Red Cedar Meeting

In the early 1990s I began attending Red Cedar Meeting in East Lansing, Michigan, with my then partner Deborah, an [鈥

Theo Mace, now of University Meeting in Seattle, Wash., and formerly of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich.

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Nine Suggestions to White Friends for Addressing Racism

Acknowledge your own racism and the racism in the Religious Society of Friends. Acknowledge your own goodness and that of [鈥

Gale Rohde, Twin Cities (Minn.) Meeting

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Racial Inequality: Painfully Present among Friends

We believe there is that of God in every person, and thus we believe in human equality before God. Friends [鈥

Vanessa Julye is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, which supports her traveling ministry (see http://www.quaker.org/vanessajulye). She is co-authoring a book, Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship, with Donna McDaniel.

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Discovering Fellowship among African American Friends

In 1992, shortly after I joined Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting and officially became a Quaker, it was announced on public [鈥

Elmyra (Amhara) Powell is a member of Orange Grove (Calif.) Meeting and the only Quaker in her entire extended family. A retired trial attorney and former student of theology who was eventually drawn to the mystical aspects of Quakerism, she pursues a ministry of encouraging and supporting other Friends in their ministries and in their spiritual lives.

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The Role of White Quakers in Ending Racism

I know of at least three people who believe it is possible to end racism in this century. Most of [鈥

Dorothy H.L. Carroll is a member of Birmingham (Pa.) Meeting. Both inside and outside Quaker circles she leads ending racism workshops for people of European descent.

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A Workshop Experience

It was the first day. We were going around the group, each sharing feedback. I was feeling shy about my [鈥

Melanie Sax, an attender of Madison (Wis.) Meeting, recounting an experience as one of 30 who attended a weeklong workshop, "Beyond Diversity 101," led by Niyonu Spann at Pendle Hill in March 2003.

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Friends, Race, and Systemic Change

In preparation for being a part of your discussion on the important work against racism, I have read the material [鈥

Andrea Ayvazian is dean of religious life and Protestant chaplain at Mount Holyoke College. Previously a member of the Religious Society of Friends for many years, she is now an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A longtime activist for peace and social justice, she has been leading workshops on dismantling racism since 1986. This version of her comments, which were not recorded, is based upon one that was edited from her notes by Patricia Watson, editor of Peacework and a member of the Prejudice and Poverty Committee of New England Yearly Meeting. It appeared in The Freedom and Justice Crier, Issue #10, Spring 2003.

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The Christiana Resistance

In the early morning hours of September 11, 1851鈥攖en years before the Civil War and exactly 150 years to the [鈥

Brenda Walker Beadenkopf, a member of Concord (Pa.) Meeting and the mother of nine children, lives in Niles, Michigan. She is a former editor of the weekly Michigan newspaper Berrien County Record and is currently a contributing editor of Bridgman Baroda Beat. She is writing a biography of her Quaker activist father, Charlie Walker, and she invites anyone with information or anecdotes about him to contact her at [email protected]

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Racial Wounding at the Gathering

I arrived in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, excited to be attending Friends General Conference鈥檚 Gathering and looking forward to a week filled [鈥

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Robert Purvis: Friend of the Friends

Across the road from Byberry Meeting in the 19th century, on the northeast edge of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, stood Harmony [鈥

Margaret Hope Bacon, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, is a lecturer and author of 13 books on various aspects of Quaker history and biography, and vice president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. She is writing a book on Robert Purvis. © 2002 Margaret Hope Bacon

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