Friends General Conference

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an unprogrammed Quaker meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee

Resources on Racial Justice

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This is a place to find links and resources Friends recommend. If you have a resource to contribute or you have a question about the information posted, please contact a member of Ministry & Nurture.

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Our Stance on Racial Justice:

WKFM Statement in support of anti-racism 2020

As members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), we abhor the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others made possible through systems that perpetuate racial injustices. This includes police practices and training that do not adequately address racial biases.  

Holding authority figures accountable is not enough. We acknowledge our complicity as a predominantly white organization. We have been silent too long and are compelled to take a stand, committing ourselves to actions that eradicate racial injustice. 

To have our voices heard, we support our constitutional right to peaceful protest; we value the authority figures who have supported these efforts. As Quakers, we believe that violence is never the answer and that every life and every voice is as precious as the next. The silencing of even one voice diminishes our community and makes us less whole.

A word about the work being done by Friends General Conference:

In October 2016, the governing body of Friends General Conference approved an institutional assessment on systemic racism to identify and address structural oppression within FGC as an institution and among FGC-affiliated Monthly Meetings and Yearly Meetings. Below is a link which was created by FGC to assemble all of the resources, updates, reports about the Institutional Assessment and the Anti-Racism Implementation Group that have been distributed to Friends and meetings united in the important work of confronting racism and white supremacy. We share this link as a starting point to understanding our part in creating a more just institution.

Check out their spiritual deepening library for information and activities.

Books Friends recommend or have studied as a book group:

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad - (SAYMA and WKFM completed a group study of this work in August of 2020)

Subtle Acts of Exclusion by Dr. Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran

See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur (book group in FGC Oct 2020)

Fit for Freedom Not for Friendship by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye (discussion in WKFM 2026 in prep for Gathering)

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois, edited and annotated by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (read and discussed by book group in WKFM in 2016)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone (read and discussed in local book group 2018)

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