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 provided regular movie nights and numerous workshops on topics such as: whiteness, white supremacy, racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, and more.
In June 2020 we begin a new online series: Undoing Racism: In Ourselves, Our Meeting & Community.
We meet monthly for mutual support in our continued learning and to organize educational events on topics related to anti-racism work. We invite AMM members, attenders and friends to join us.
At the January 2020 Meeting for Worship for Business the Whiteness Study Group reminded Meeting of the AMM minute passed in 2017 in support of the Friends General Conference Institutional Assessment on Structural Racism. We also reviewed AMM's work on whiteness & racism over the past two years.
The following Minute was approved at the Monthly Meeting for Worship for Business on February 2, 2020:
Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, acknowledging that we are affected by structural racism within a historical framework of white supremacy in the United States, commit to a period of self-reflection and discernment toward becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith Community. The process will be guided by an anti racism assessment team made up of volunteers, with a report back to AMM by September 2020, or sooner.
As we continue work on developing a self-assessment module, we seek volunteers to join our team. Under COVID restrictions, we will begin an online discussion group in June 2020 (see below).
Questions? Contact: Richard Knottenbelt, (313-5263) Miriam Bennett (440-8919) or Sara Keeney (379-3392) with questions.
DOWNLOAD BELOW a copy of the Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Faith Community to be used as a guide in our own work.
Scroll down further for a larger library of articles/videos on these subjects.
We welcome your favorite articles, too. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org attention WSG.
If you missed reviewing the FGC Institutional Assessment, links are provided below:
FGC Institutional Assessment Full Report
FGC Institutional Assessment Executive Summary
The following link takes you to a current article in Friends Journal about online worship gatherings for Friends of Color, especially supportive during COVID-19 shutdowns and stress. https://www.friendsjournal.org/an-online-lifeline-for-friends-of-color/
Meeting for Worship and Worship Sharing for People of Color Registration
FGC provides weekly virtual worships for People of Color on Zoom. These worships are provided as a place for Friends of Color to come together in community and worship in an environment with Friends who experience marginalization in their lives and Quaker meetings because they are a Person of Color.
Wednesdays midday at 1 PM EDT/12 PM CDT/11 AM MDT/10 AM PDT and Wednesday evenings at 8 PM EDT/7 PM CDT/6 PM MDT/5 PM PDT. There are also monthly meetings for worship, which happen on the third Sunday of each month at 8 PM EDT/7 PM CDT/6 PM MDT/5 PM PDT. Registration is required. Follow the link below:
UNDOING RACISM: IN OURSELVES, OUR MEETING & COMMUNITY
What: A monthly class/discussion on Undoing Racism
When: 4th Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom September 24; October 22 & December 3rd
Preparation: Required (Scroll down for Undoing Racism Preparation Materials)
Format: Introduction, small group discussion on prompts related to preparation materials, large group ending with discussion and planning.
Zoom Link: Sent to registrants monthly
Registration is now closed as all participants need to be up to date on the preparation and discussion.
Questions: Email: email@example.com
Anti-Racism Discussion Group starts June 18th (New England Yearly Meeting)
NYM Anti-Racism Discussion Group starts June 18thA monthly discussion group facilitated by Ralph Jacobson, Prospect Hills FM, which will center on the podcast “Seeing White”. Listen to the first episode, Turning the Lens (S2, E1 of Scene on Radio): http://www.sceneonradio.org/tag/season-2/ Then join us at 7pm on June 18th: Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88222134039?pwd=cEtERUhEeHF1dGliczA3d1VkNTY4Zz09 Meeting ID: 882 2213 4039 Password: 234518 +1-312-626-6799 US (Chicago)
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has produced extensive learning modules for any level or type of interest in anti-racist training. This website is another very rich resource for self-guided learning.
The Whiteness Study Group will soon begin a monthly online discussion based on the stages of becoming an Anti-Racist as identified in the following link. Open it - explore - go at your own pace. Watch for updated information on this new AMM series!
Denormalizing Whiteness for Racial Justice from FGC
Posts on Whiteness and Racial Justice from AFC Acting in Faith plus
10 More things to Watch/Read/Listen to About Whiteness
Workshops and Activities about Whiteness
Examining Whiteness: An Anti-Racist Curriculum
Whiteness & Racial Justice
Queries for Worship Sharing
Where to go from here
Click on this link to obtain a fully copy of the New York Times 1619 Project:
Click on this link to access 2018 article on Whiteness.
Follow this link for information on White Fragility (Robin Di-Angelo's book, which is in the AMM library)
This link to the University of Calgary site on Anti-Racism Education provides a definition of Anti-Racism.
This link to the University of Calgary site on Anti-Racism Education provides information on Whiteness.
This is an interesting article from the Huffington Post.
The following link takes you both to a discussion guide to Robin Di-Angelo's video (included below on this page), as well as a link to the video itself.
Subscribe to the Free weekly NYT news magazine on race:
Open this link to learn more about White Women & White Supremacy through the work of Layla Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy, Source Books, 2020.
Open this link to Part 2 of Layla Saad's open letter about White Women & White Supremacy.
This informative and thought provoking article from the September 2019 issue of Friends Journal reviews the history of slave holding and selling among early Friends. Katherine Gerbner is author of Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World,University of Pa. Press 2018.
Gerbner writes, "Looking carefully at this Quaker past can teach us a lesson about social justice. It shows us that it’s not enough to be radical; we also have to be vigilantly aware of history and the complexities of inequality. It’s not enough to have good intentions. We must be critically engaged with the past to understand the influence it continues to exert in the present. "
The following link takes you to a number of relevant articles on the topic of whiteness and racism within Friends written by Vanessa Juyle, Coordinator of FGC's Ministry on Racism and co-author, with Donna McDaniel, of the groundbreaking work, Fit For Freedom, Not Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice, Quaker Press, 2009.
Follow this link from Sounds True to participate in a 3-Part Training Series titled HEALING RACISM with Dr. Tiffany Jana, moderated by Sounds True founder, Tami Simon. Each series is an hour-long. Quite informative and approachable. FREE.
Join Rahbin Shyne in her groundbreaking 365 Brothers Podcast in which she interviews Black men, gathering & sharing their stories. In her own words:
I woke up one morning and realized that I only learned the names, the stories of Black men after tragedy or due to celebrity. Black men’s lives are larger than sound bites, tropes, or reinforced stereotypes.
Join me as I engage 365 Brothers in an intimate, meaningful conversation about their lives. I’ll ask each guest, each Brother, the same eleven questions. We’ll discover their names, their stories and the ways they contribute to their families, their communities, this nation and this world.
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)