Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
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Upholding Racial Justice & Equity Group (URJE)
URJE is a self-created group of AMM members/ attenders with a dedication to understanding racism in ourselves, our Meeting, community, country and world.
Formerly the Whiteness Study Group, we have facilitated AMM's participation in this process since 2018. Examples include: A monthly self-study group; movie nights; monthly and intermittent workshops on such topics as: whiteness, white supremacy, racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, and more.
We invite AMM members, attenders and friends to join us. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the January 2020 Meeting for Worship for Business we 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.
The COVID 19 pandemic made the above goal impossible to meet. However, URJE, in conjunction with the Sanctuary Working Group, has proposed to AMM that the Meeting undertake a more serious study of structural racism/whiteness. No decision on this prompting has been reached as of December 2022.
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.
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We welcome your favorite articles, too. Send them to: email@example.com attention WSG.
If you missed reviewing the FGC Institutional Assessment, links are provided below:
FGC Institutional Assessment Full Report
FGC Institutional Assessment Executive Summary
April 13, May 11, and June 8 (Second Thursday) 6:30-8:00 p.m. on ZOOM.
We welcome new members. To obtain a link and to RSVP contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends General Conference (FGC) offers weekly worship opportunities online for both Friends of Color and for White Friends Confronting Racism. Learn more, including how to register, on the News/Events page.
Here's what an AMM member who regularly attends this gathering shared:
"I mark my calendar now by the weekly Worship for White Friends Confronting Racism group. It is a space in which I feel utterly safe in considering issues of internalized racism, experiences as a white person in bringing anti-racism consciousness and work to my meeting, and growing in my understanding of the spiritual aspects of this work. Breakout groups add to the opportunities for fellowship and mutual support. I find it discouraging that the number of attendees is small -- with this offering extending to Quakers across the country. It begs the question as to where is everyone else? As one participant said, "We have to find ways to talk with other white people about race!" Join us!"
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)