New England Yearly Meeting

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Friends General Conference Issues Report on Institutional Assessment of Racism

Nov 6, 2018

NEYM was among four yearly meetings who supported Friends General Conference's institutional assessment on systemic racism (see Minute 2016-64).

The Institutional Assessment Working Group of Friends General Conference (FGC) has issued its report and the FGC Central Committee has minuted commitment to becoming anti-racist. From the FGC website:

  • Two years after Friends General Conference’s governing body approved the initiation of an institutional assessment on systemic racism; a full report and summary with recommendations are now available.
  • Based on this report and recommendations, FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, has approved a minute to commit FGC to becoming an anti-racist organization in a multi-year process.  There was strong unity in the body, which gives hope to many.
  • The discernment process that brought us to this unity further revealed why FGC needs a spirit-led intervention to become an anti-racist organization—many of the processes that inform our faith community are tainted by the destructive power of white supremacy and require a widespread commitment to transformation.

A statement from the Working Group and the text of the Central Committee minute can be found at this link.


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