“Open our eyes that we may see” is the theme of the 2015 Annual Sessions at PYM. There will be many opportunities to have our eyes opened on the topic of race, including:
We recognize the need for support that brings certain people together at times to process issues particular to their experience. These are called affinity groups. Except for worship sharing (8:30 AM to 9:15 AM every day) and workshop times (7:15 PM to 8:30 PM Thursday and Friday), there will be an affinity-group space where only People of Color can gather. There will also be an affinity-group space where only white people can gather. The existence of these affinity groups is based on good practice. It comes as a seasoned recommendation from the weighty Friends who make up our Undoing Racism Group. In both affinity-group spaces, there will be a facilitated support session 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM every day, starting Thursday. Also, each affinity-group space will be hosted by a member of the Undoing Racism Group from 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM every day, starting Wednesday. The affinity-group space for People of Color will be on the first floor of Seegers Union, room 112. The affinity-group space for white people will be in the basement of Seegers Union, the Academic Resource Seminar Room.
The Undoing Racism Group is providing Resource Friends who will have a rainbow sticker on their name tags indicating that they are available to talk with people about racism and related issues. They will be a supportive presence for People of Color, their allies, and any concerned folks for the duration of Annual Sessions. When in doubt, find an Undoing Racism Group Resource Friend!
An interactive art installation hosted by American Friends Service Committee’s Friends Relations Program, which, Lowe writes, “with its deceptively simple text, asks complex questions about race and accountability.” The installation will be with us for the duration of Annual Sessions, helping to ground our work as we seek deeper understanding and connection.