The Whiteness Study Group – Who We Are and What We Do!
The Whiteness Study Group (WSG) is a self-created group of AMM members/attenders with a dedication to understanding racism and whiteness and facilitating ways for AMM to participate in this process. In 2018 we engaged in studying numerous topics including: whiteness, white supremacy, racism, implicit bias, and more. We reflected on how they each of these impacts our individual spiritual lives and the collective life of the Meeting. The WSG actively participated in preparing a monthly presentation for Meeting for Business, frequent movie nights, and at least two workshops.
In 2019, we continue to meet monthly for purposes of mutual support and continued learning. We also continue to organize movie nights on topics related to our anti-racism work and invite AMM members, attenders and friends to attend.
Whiteness Study Group Meeting Format (adopted April 2019)
- We will start with sharing about our recent experiences carrying our race-awareness into our daily lives. We are encouraged to ask for whatever kind of response we need– or don’t need. (“I am just processing/venting” or “I need help thinking how I can/could have handle/d this differently,” etc.
- We will take turns facilitating the next meeting. The facilitator will bring a suggested article/resource for all to review before the meeting and discuss during the meeting.
- Team members will share resources gleaned from their own studies and anti-racism work.
- The group may implement a format from George Lakey’s book Strategies for a Living Revolution in which each person focuses their sharing on a topic to the most important point they would like to make in one minute. We like this idea a lot, but aren’t sure when to implement it in our meetings, but we’ll likely experiment with it as an opportunity to focus on the meaty bits (of whatever), and to equalize voices in the room.
Next (WSG) meetings scheduled in the Meeting Library are:
August 21, 2019 at 6 p.m. (Third Wednesday)
All are invited to attend. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Next Movie at Rise of Meeting Sunday, August 25 from 12:15-1:30 with snacks and childcare provided
Film to be viewed is the New England Yearly Meeting 2019 Virtual Plenary “Provoke One Another to Love” The Doctrine of Discovery – Exploring the Minute (with discussion)
Child Care may be provided with advance notice. RSVP by August 22 to Sarahmalone1949@gmail.com