Do you want to help your meeting challenge racism and work for racial justice?
Do you feel led to travel in the ministry with a concern for racism?
Are you looking for ways to connect with other Friends of Color?
The Ministry on Racism Program at FGC offers assistance and support to meetings and yearly meetings that want to develop their racial and ethnic awareness, increase their diversity, and strive to address the impact of the institution of racism on our Society.
FGC connects Friends and meetings doing work and witnessing about racism and racial diversity, supports individuals traveling in the ministry with a concern for racism, and identifies resources to help people engaging in this work.
Keep reading below to learn about the virtual offerings from the Ministry on Racism.
Quaker Coalition on Uprooting Racism Cohort application opening!
We are excited to announce the opportunity to apply for the first Quaker Coalition on Uprooting Racism (QCUR) Cohort, applications are due August 15th! Several Quaker organizations – including the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Friends Council on Education, Friends General Conference, and Pendle Hill – have formed a coalition to accelerate the work to end white supremacy among and beyond Friends. The project is designed to give cohort members skills, knowledge and empowerment to catalyze deeper anti-racist change among our dearly beloved faith community. The cohort will have one virtual and one in-person retreat and intervening monthly zoom sessions from September, 2021 through June, 2022. Lisa Graustein and Niyonu Spann will serve as facilitators for all sessions. We are looking to have half of our eighty spots be filled by Friends of Color. For more information click here for an article on QCUR.
Virtual Worship for Friends of Color
In 2018, Friends General Conference began hosting virtual worship for People of Color. FGC established this practice as a result of a request by Friends of Color who participated in a retreat that summer. During that weekend Friends of Color expressed their pain of feeling oppressed in their meeting which caused them to stop attending. These Friends were clear that Quakerism and worship was core to their lives and wanted an opportunity to continue to worship in community. FGC agreed to support these Friends with providing monthly virtual worships 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.
To view past and recent queries from Virtual Worship for Friends of Color click here.
During this time of the global COVID-19 pandemic, FGC has been offering these virtual worships on a regular basis. There are two weekly virtual meetings for worship:
The midday weekly worship is on Wednesdays at 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT / 11 AM MT / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT.
An evening weekly worship is held on Wednesdays at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT / 6 PM MT / 5 PM PT / 2 PM HT.
These weekly worships will be in addition to the monthly meetings for worship for Friends of Color, which happen on the third Sunday of each month at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT / 6 PM MT / 5 PM PT / 2 PM HT.
If you identify as a person of Color and would like to join us for our worship, please complete this form: