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October 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1:00 pm3:00 pm
QREC October Conversation Circles

Creating Meeting Cultures that Welcome Diverse Youth and Young Adults
The current disruption in society is shaking the foundations of culture and faith. In the turmoil, youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds may seek spiritual community in Friends Meetings. Families of color in relationship with Friends schools, and children of color who connect with Friends at Quaker camp, may come to monthly and yearly meetings seeking spiritual community. How can Friends’ Meetings embody Martin Luther King’s vision of the Beloved Community?
• How can we prepare our monthly meetings to welcome diverse young newcomers?
• During this time when geography is less of a barrier, how can Friends of color mentor young people who seek community in Quaker meetings?
• How can Quaker religious educators, particularly Friends who identify as white, do the deep personal work of becoming anti-racist?
• What discernment and anti-racism training should be taken by volunteers who work with children and youth?

Registration is required:

Conversation Circles meet online, using Zoom videoconferencing.

Facilitators
• Tuesday -- Nikki Holland, Belize Friends Church, New Association of Friends
• Thursday -- Sita Diehl (Madison WI, Northern Yearly Meeting)

Conversation Starters
• Khalila Lomax: STRIDE, Baltimore Yearly Meeting
• Mila Hamilton: Twin Cities Friends Meeting, Northern Yearly Meeting
• Ten Henson: Guilford College

Suggested Resources
• Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights, Hal Weaver, Paul Kriese, and Steve Angell (Eds.) QuakerPress, 2012
• Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship, by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye, QuakerPress, 2009
• The Shape We Take: Growing Diverse Leadership in Baltimore Yearly Meeting, by Dyresha Harris, May 2017
• Taking STRIDEs: BYM’s Growing Diverse Leadership Initiative Provides Expanded Opportunities to Live out the Quaker Value of Equality in a World that Badly Needs It, Dyresha Harris, 10.2016
• Clearing the Way for Community, Dyresha Harris, 2017 (Baltimore Yearly Meeting)
• Assessing Racial Inclusion and Justice: A Quaker Meeting Self-Assessment Tool, Friends Meeting of Washington

Thursday, October 22, 2020
8:00 pm10:00 pm
QREC October Conversation Circles

Creating Meeting Cultures that Welcome Diverse Youth and Young Adults
The current disruption in society is shaking the foundations of culture and faith. In the turmoil, youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds may seek spiritual community in Friends Meetings. Families of color in relationship with Friends schools, and children of color who connect with Friends at Quaker camp, may come to monthly and yearly meetings seeking spiritual community. How can Friends’ Meetings embody Martin Luther King’s vision of the Beloved Community?
• How can we prepare our monthly meetings to welcome diverse young newcomers?
• During this time when geography is less of a barrier, how can Friends of color mentor young people who seek community in Quaker meetings?
• How can Quaker religious educators, particularly Friends who identify as white, do the deep personal work of becoming anti-racist?
• What discernment and anti-racism training should be taken by volunteers who work with children and youth?

Registration is required:

Conversation Circles meet online, using Zoom videoconferencing.

Facilitators
• Tuesday -- Nikki Holland, Belize Friends Church, New Association of Friends
• Thursday -- Sita Diehl (Madison WI, Northern Yearly Meeting)

Conversation Starters
• Khalila Lomax: STRIDE, Baltimore Yearly Meeting
• Mila Hamilton: Twin Cities Friends Meeting, Northern Yearly Meeting
• Ten Henson: Guilford College

Suggested Resources
• Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights, Hal Weaver, Paul Kriese, and Steve Angell (Eds.) QuakerPress, 2012
• Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship, by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye, QuakerPress, 2009
• The Shape We Take: Growing Diverse Leadership in Baltimore Yearly Meeting, by Dyresha Harris, May 2017
• Taking STRIDEs: BYM’s Growing Diverse Leadership Initiative Provides Expanded Opportunities to Live out the Quaker Value of Equality in a World that Badly Needs It, Dyresha Harris, 10.2016
• Clearing the Way for Community, Dyresha Harris, 2017 (Baltimore Yearly Meeting)
• Assessing Racial Inclusion and Justice: A Quaker Meeting Self-Assessment Tool, Friends Meeting of Washington

Saturday, October 24, 2020
8:30 am10:30 am
The Power of Goodness

Friends Peace Teams is inviting you to a zoom meeting on Power of Goodness.

The topic is on Reconnecting after Violence, on October 24, 2020, 08:30-10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).

The Power of Goodness is a collection of true stories from around the world of how people reacted peacefully and nonviolently to people who had threatened or hurt them. It depicts instructional moments in how to rely on the power of goodness in difficult situations and the amazing results of doing so. Reconnecting after Violence is an interactive forum for youth and adults to show how we use stories to bring people from different walks of life in a virtual space to experience and practice peace.

Register in advance for this meeting:
(only the first 100 registrants can join)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The training will be an English language event with Spanish closed caption. Other languages, please bring your own interpreter to translate in private chat.

Please email to asia.coordinator@friendspeaceteams.org for any questions.

Faiths Unite: Visions for Transformative Climate Action

Join FWCC to learn, discuss and explore climate action in the run up to what should have been COP26.,

We know Friends worldwide are passionate about sustainability and climate action. So FWCC has been working with the interfaith Liasion Committee to the UNFCC, and now we write to you with an invitation to a 3-part interactive event series open to all Friends worldwide.

''Worldwide, Covid-19 has disrupted every agenda for 2020. So it is for the interfaith dialogue on climate change also: just six months ago the International Liaison Committee and other faith-based actors were planning various events for November’s COP26 in Glasgow. People from faith groups and networks in Scotland and across the UK were planning, alongside partners from other faith-based networks across the globe, to demonstrate the important role of faith in achieving a successful outcome to COP26.

Now we are planning for a COP in November 2021, and in a world that is very different than it was in 2019. Not only are we facing the emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also an ever more pressing climate crisis. Every day of inaction on climate change puts the future of humanity in deeper peril and exacerbates pre-existing inequalities and vulnerabilities. As people of faith, and those who deeply respect the importance of faith traditions around the world, we understand that climate change, as an existential issue, calls on our core values and understanding of life to guide us to action and transformation.
We are not going to wait passively for the next COP to gather. We want to renew the conversation on climate action, and inspire all people of faith to raise awareness and motivate action on climate change through all tools available. It is for this reason that we are organising a three-part interfaith webinar series on climate change from a faith perspective.''

Do come along, join with different faith, and explore the importance of faiths and climate action with Friends around the world.

Online Event #1 The World We Want
Tuesday 27 October ¦ 9:00-10:30 am GMT ¦ 10:00-11:30 am CET ¦ 6:00-7:30 pm AET ¦
Our first online session will provide a space to explore the response offered by different faith traditions to the current climate crisis and COVID-19. The discussion will focus on how these perspectives might help us to navigate through this precarious moment.

This interactive event is in English.

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