New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Racial Justice & The Beloved Community: Quaker Practices for Interrupting & Transforming Racism

Aug 17, 2018

Join Friends from around New England this fall in an on-line course to explore how we perpetuate racism and white supremacy as individuals and as a Religious Society. We will also practice skills for interrupting racism and white supremacy and deepen our capacity to work for racial justice within ourselves, our meetings, and our wider communities. There are multiple ways to participate in this course. More information about the course, including a syllabus and options for participation, can be found here.

This course uses a pay-as-led fee structure, with a suggested range of $0 to $150, depending on level of involvement. Each participant will decide what amount works for them.

Piloted this past spring and co-sponsored by Beacon Hill Friends House, Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, and the Legacy Gift Committee of New England Yearly Meeting, this is the second offering of this course by Lisa Graustein. Lisa is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, a teacher & facilitator, and brings more than a decade of racial justice work and ministry to this course. She can be reached here by email.

What past participants have to say about this course:

"If you are looking for a spirit-led space for deepening your understanding of how dynamics of racism/whiteness play out in one's interactions with others, in Monthly Meetings/Yearly Meetings, other Quaker institutions and beyond, and you are seeking ways to challenge those patterns in ways that build community and new paths forward in this work, this is a course for you."

"If you are troubled by racism in our society and don't know where to start, why not start at home, in our own meetings. In this class, you will be challenged-- and encouraged. You will strengthen your theoretical understanding of theory of race and white supremacy, prayerfully consider how you may be called to respond. You will be given tools to help you in this journey, and companions along the way. Whoever you are, wherever you are on this journey, there is room for you at this table. The invitation is there for you."

"This course helped me created a space for me to engage with content and parts of myself that desperately needs my attention for me to be able to do the ongoing work of engaging my values with my actions. It helped me to question my understanding of racial justice, my world view, and myself, while staying compassionate. It gave me useful theoretical frameworks that I can apply to the necessary work for me to dismantle white supremacy within myself and tools for identifying and engaging with injustice."

"Lisa Graustein navigates the Zoom and Google platforms with skill and sensitivity to lead discussions and information sharing about racial justice and building a beloved community within the Religious Society of Friends. Lisa's knowledge and experience run deep; she shares information about systemic and structural racism, white supremacy, and white-centered cultural norms in a way that inspires openness and further seeking. I feel even more inspired to move forward with additional actions to interrupt systems of oppression." 

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