Undoing Racism Group

The Undoing Racism Group shares a collective vision to address the racism that still persists in our Society. We propose actions which may work to develop the kinds of beloved faith communities we wish for our Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings, along with other bodies under our care. View our working document for details.

Check out a list of workshops that Friends of the Undoing Racism Group will take on the road to your community.Details such as travel reimbursement and honoraria should be negotiated between the workshop leader and your community.


We work to create a yearly meeting wherein all members and Meetings responsibly co-create that community which graces our Worship and other forms of Spiritual communion. As Bayard Rustin put it, “Good will and love build the sacred base of real community, in which the dignity and equal opportunity of every person is sacred and guaranteed.”

What We Do

The Undoing Racism Group, as individuals and corporately, feels Spirit powerfully rising among us. We have formed working groups to address each of the following four areas: Learning Communities, Supporting Friends of Color, Connecting with Communities of Color, and Holding Ourselves Accountable. View our working document for more details.

Who We Are

During the 2014 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) Annual Sessions, a Friend of color (among others) observed that PYM’s diversity does not reflect the diversity of our neighborhoods, and called on PYM to address the racism that still persists in our Society. In response, a multiracial group of Friends came together at Sessions and has continued to meet since, holding honest conversations and seeking way forward for PYM and its faith communities.

Marille Thomas

Gabbreell James

Kody Hersh

When We Meet

We meet as a whole group approximately once every three months, and our working groups meet separately at intervals of their choosing. Contact one of our Co-Clerks (under Contact Info to the right) to join our Google Group to stay abreast of our meeting dates.

Get Involved

Members and attenders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting may join the Google group by emailing one of our Co-Clerks (under Contact Info on the right) or indicate your interest for involvement by filling out this form. Our Keeping Ourselves Accountable Working Group maintains this form and is currently working to develop a network of Friends involved in Undoing Racism Work throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Join us!