Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples: Resources for Engagement

At New England Friends' Annual Sessions in 2020, we engaged with our need to work in a more focused and intentional way towards right relationship with Indigenous Peoples in our region.

Friends approved forwarding a Letter of Apology to Native Americans as well as a set of recommendations for further action to local meetings for reflection over the coming year, in hopes that we may be able to live into full and heartfelt approval of this work at our Sessions in August of 2021. Both documents are available in the downloads section below.

Also in the downloads section below, you will find resources to support you and your meeting in discernment and next steps as we move towards right relationship as individuals and local worshipping communities.

A small group of Friends have been appointed to shepherd and support this initiative. To be connected with them, please contact rightrelationship@neym.org. As meetings share back how they are engaging with this work, we will share what we have heard here so that it can serve as a source of inspiration and fruitful connection.

File Downloads

Letter of Apology to Native Americans

This letter was written on behalf of Friends in New England in 2020 and will be brought forward for approval at our annual Sessions in August, 2021

Recommendations for Monthly Meetings

Suggested next steps for monthly meetings seeking to move towards right relationship with Native Americans

Resources for Appreciating the Indigenous Experience

A two page list of resources compiled by our Right Relationship Working Group

Template for Listening Session on Apology to Native Americans

This template, created by Andy Grant (Mt Toby), offers a structure and prompts for a worship sharing-based listening session for seasoning the Letter of Apology at your meeting

Clerk's Letter

 A September 2020 letter from the Yearly Meeting presiding clerk, Bruce Neumann, explaining the context of this work

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