Friends in PYM Encouraged to Attend the White Privilege Conference

Addressing Racism

Race, gender, sexuality, class, disability: these are ways we all experience some form of privilege, and we are all affected by that privilege. At our called meeting in January 2015, we affirmed our commitment to dismantling racism and white supremacy as a yearly meeting.  We are now blessed with a great opportunity to discover more ways to do that: The ...

URG Networking!

Addressing Racism

Fall, 2015 PYM Undoing Racism Group News (To connect with the network, go to a short survey at: pym.org/undoingracism)  Several dozen Friends involved in making our meetings welcoming beloved communities have met regularly since 2014 sessions. At sessions 2015 in open worship and planned programs the impacts of racist behavior and efforts toward healing were shared. Also, the Implementation Committee …

Responses to 2015 Sessions’ Work on Addressing Racism

Addressing Racism

At our 2015 Annual Sessions there was a significant focus on addressing racism. Two Friends, both of whom were active at Sessions and who have been doing the work of Undoing Racism, shared their reflections of their experiences at Sessions. Their stories and an opportunity to share your own reflections for sharing are presented in this article.

Developing a Network of Friends

Addressing Racism

The PYM Undoing Racism Network is a non-centralized, mutually-supporting network of Friends working on racism and racial justice in the yearly and monthly meetings that came out of our experience at Annual Sessions in 2014. We are eager to find each other, to share resources, and to give and receive support. Our vision is that we might have at least …

Workshops Addressing Racism at Annual Sessions

Addressing Racism

The workshops at our 2015 Annual Sessions feature a large array of opportunities for Friends to learn, explore, tell stories, discover and share knowledge and wisdom on topics related to addressing racism in ourselves, our community and the world. Fully one third of the offered workshops are on this topic. The Undoing Racism Group recruited leaders and curated a set ...

Resources Lists for Friends and Meetings

Addressing Racism

During our called meeting on January 10, 2015 our yearly meeting affirmed a Minute of Action regarding how our faith community intends to address the many facets of “-isms” that confront us and our wider community. In the time since our called meeting an “extended clerks’ team” consisting of the clerk, rising clerk, an elder and a consultant have been …

A Report from the Called Meeting on Racism

Addressing Racism

If our principles are right, why should we be cowards? – Lucretia Mott We who believe in freedom cannot rest. – Bernice Johnson Reagon Report from the Called Meeting held January 10, 2015 On Saturday, January 10, 2015, more than 400 members and attenders from meetings across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting gathered in a called meeting to enthusiastically commit to addressing ...

Over 400 Attend Called Meeting. Minute of Action Approved.

Addressing Racism

Over 400 Friends from 79 meetings, other yearly meetings and religious organizations attended today’s Called Meeting Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to discern how we, as a faith community, are being led to address racism. Imagine, if you will, the Arch Street Meeting House filled with so many Friends:  young, old and middle-aged, White, African-American, Asian and Latino, …

Called Meeting Announced

Addressing Racism

Saturday, January 10, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Arch Street Meeting House Philadelphia, PA Dear Members and Seekers, In my role as Presiding Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, I am calling for a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to discern how we, as a faith community, are being led to address ...