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.
At our April 2019 meeting we agreed on the following format for our monthly meetings going forward:
- 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:
June 20 – 6 p.m. (Third Thursday)
All are invited to attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Movie Night – May 22nd , 2019(Saturday) Potluck followed by Film viewing and discussion. Film to be viewed is the Decoding the Doctrine of Discovery
Child Care may be provided with advance notice. RSVP by June 10 to: email@example.com.