Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
The Whiteness Study Group (WSG) is a self-created group of AMM members/attenders with a dedication to understanding racism and whiteness in ourselves, our community, country and the world.
We are also dedicated to facilitating AMM's participation in this process. In 2018 we engaged in studying numerous topics including: whiteness, white supremacy, racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, and more. We reflected on how 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 events on topics related to our anti-racism work. We invite AMM members, attenders and friends to attend.
We start by 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 take turns facilitating our meetings. The facilitator brings a suggested article/resource for all to review before the meeting and discuss during the meeting.
Group members 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.
October 10, 2019 (2nd Thursday) at 6:00 p.m.
We are planning a presentation for Business Meeting on October 6, 2019.
Our reading is:
Black Power's Challenge to Quaker Power from AFSC's blog. Written originally in 1968 Friends Journal, republished in Black Fire (Quaker anthology, 2011), and then on the AFSC blog in 2015.
We welcome new members but please do RSVP to:
If you missed our August Film!
If you missed our film viewing from the New England Yearly Meeting 2019 Virtual Plenary, "Provoke One Another to Love," focused on exploring the Minute related to the Doctrine of Discovery, you can view all three addresses at:
There's much to see here. So, take your time to look around, read, learn and reflect. Find more in the AMM library on the whiteness shelf.
Click on link below to find the FGC Institutional Assessment Task Force Report
White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture
Carrying the Weight of How the White World Imagines You
Converting Hidden Spiritual Racism in Sacred Activism: An Open Letter to Spiritual White Folks
Racial Equity Tools: Implicit Bias
AFSC guide on "Denormalizing Whiteness"
Whiteness for Friends FINAL_0
A recent blog post from AFSC on learning our stories connects to our witness on immigration: “The stories we tell- Reckoning with our...e | AFSC
Race Related - A weekly news magazine on Race https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/race
The 1619 Project - Slavery in America
The New York Times 8-14-2019
Implicit Bias test:
White Privilege Dicussion Guide (See video below) by Robin DiAngelo (DiAngelo is the author of several books on whiteness and race, and is the originator of the term "White Fragility.")
PuttingRacismTable_Discussion Guide - White Privilege
Putting Racism on the Table is a series of videos that help develop a shared vocabulary for moving deeper into this work.
Full website here: http://www.puttingracismonthetable.org/
Mountain View (New England Yearly Meeting)
1. Noticing patterns report before NEYM https://neym.org/sites/default/files/committees/meetings/Report%20to%20Yearly%20Meeting%20Ministry%20and%20Counsel%204-30-19%20.pdf2.
2. Reflection after sessions:
Check out this great video on Implicit Bias
Check out this video on microaggressions
Join Robin DiAngelo for a very helpful video about white privilege.
Structural Racism, by John A. Power (Structural Racism Discussion Guide)