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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 for our Yearly Meeting’s 5-Year plan added a goal for our corporate attention:

 We will look courageously into the roots of inequality in our culture, be willing to see and feel the pain it can cause, and choose to do whatever is necessary to take risks and to change.  We will dismantle imposed barriers in our yearly and monthly meeting structures and activities which impede our experience of God within our communities and within ourselves.  We seek to make congregations inside of our meetinghouses reflect the beauty and diversity of the world outside of them.

 Responding to the pym.org/undoingracism survey, Friends sometimes mentioned reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Mount Holly and Medford meetings continue holding Sunday afternoon discussions of its impact and Haddonfield Quarter drew 90 Friends to it’s October 25 program on justice issues. Media Meeting sponsored a filming of “I’m Not Racist, Am I?” and discussion in June to which 120 came from 30 different meetings.

Many responding to the survey express desire for inter-visitation. Some hope for discussion guides. Connecting with other Friends whose concerns for improving our spiritual hospitality is facilitated through services of our Yearly Meeting, but individual Friends who speak up and reach out make things happen. To join the network of connection and/or to link your monthly meeting, go to pym.org/undoingracism.

Attending the Continuing Session at Westtown School Saturday, November 7 and reporting back to your Monthly Meeting will be another step in our corporate learning how to practice the equality and community we cherish.