Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

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Wampum Belt crafted by James (Lone Bear) Revey (Lenape), gifted in 1995 to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends. (c) 2017 J. Murphy ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Several members of First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative are trained facilitators for two Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples experiential workshops – a one-hour program for middle and high schools students, “Rediscovering America: Understanding Colonization,” and a two-hour program for high school students and adults, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples.” Through the voices of Native Americans, European colonists, Western historians and a narrator, we trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Both workshops have been developed in response to calls from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches.

For complete information about Toward Right Relations with Native Peoples, click here; for a consultation toward hosting a workshop contact FCRC – (609)221-7247,

In order to educate for social change we must engage the  spirit and, in order to do so, we need to decolonize ourselves. ~R.A. Shahjahan

PhYM Minute of Action (2015):

Friends tested and affirmed the work of our clerks and our elders, since being tasked during Annual Sessions in July 2014, to help discern a way forward in addressing many -isms including-racism, sexism, genderism and classism. Friends also heartily affirmed that as a Yearly Meeting we: Commit to increase our consciousness as Friends about the intersection of privilege and race in our culture and spiritual community. We know our knowledge is often limited by our own experiences and that we have much to learn from each other and from outside resources. Commit to move forward with our entire community. The yearly meeting is the community of all our individual Friends and monthly meetings and this work needs to be done with the involvement of all of us. Commit to integrate this work into what we do in an ongoing way at the yearly meeting level. We want this work to become part of the fabric of what we do whenever we get together as yearly meeting members and attenders.

Given our PhYM Minute of Action (2015)

The FCRC finds the PYM Minute of Action (2015) consistent with their inner light. Toward elimination of our “…isms” and walking a path of change, this collaborative is mindfully guided to the following practices:

  • loving our Tribal Nations neighbors, with intentional words and deeds;
  • seeking T(t)ruths, redemption, justice, and healing for all our relations;
  • recognizing the negative impacts of colonial Christendom that dwell within us – individually and structurally;
  • raising awareness & knowledge of historic truths impacting Indigenous Peoples; and
  • taking actions toward right relationships with autonomous Native Nations and Native Peoples.

Decolonization and spirituality are inextricably linked.   
~George J Sefa Dei

Lucretia Mott

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Extract from the Abington Peace Meeting, 1869

Our friend has spoken of the barbarities which have been practiced towards the Indians, and of their present condition of degradation in contrast with their condition when William Penn landed on this continent. It occurred to me to ask if Friends were truly alive to their situation and to the fact of the treatment they have received from the agents who have been employed by the government and who have wronged them so shamefully, whether there would not have been more frequent and more earnest protests and appeals to the government on their behalf. We have not considered the wrongs of Indians as our own. We have aided in driving them further and further west, until, as the poor Indians said, ‘You will drive us away, until we go beyond the setting sun.’ I wonder if, with the profession we Friends have made, of care for the Indians, we have been active enough in our labor.”

~Lucretia Mott

Queries: Might Friends become truly alive to the wrongs still present? How might Friends “consider the wrongs of Indians as our own”?