New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.


The following queries can be used either for personal reflection, in worship sharing or discussion.

  • How do we change to fully manifest the pure Light and answer that of G-d in everyone?
  • What is white privilege?
  • What were the times, places, situations where we had privilege?
  • How does it manifest inside each person without color and what can we do about it?
  • What are its spiritual ramifications?
  • Where does it come from and why?
  • When and how does it show itself in the wider culture? in the Society of Friends?
  • What does "a color blind society" imply within this context?
  • How does it hurt those of us without color?
  • Why and what does understanding white privilege threaten?
  • What is the down side of this understanding, (alienation/rejection from other Friends etc.) and how do we cope with this?
  • When did you interrupted racism, what happened?
  •  When did you see racism and not respond?  Why?  how did you feel?
  • Could Friends adopt a Testimony for Racial Justice with the same conviction and commitment that we accept and profess the Peace Testimony?
  •  Considering that many of our Quaker institutions were originally supported from funds gained through the slave trade (e.g. Moses Brown School) what might Quaker reparations toward African –Americans look like?
  • Considering that we are ALL living on land that was originally stolen from Indians/Native Americans, what might Quaker reparations toward them look like?
  • How can we figure out how we might be acting in unconsciously racist ways and then educate ourselves about what we might do about it?
  • How can we identify institutional racism/white privilege within our meeting, town governments, places of employment, local businesses, etc., and how might we begin to address that racism/white privilege?
  • What are its spiritual consequences?
  • How does racism affect white Quakers?
  • To what extent do white Quakers benefit from their color?
  • To what extent have white Quakers involved themselves intimately in communities of color?
  • Do white Quakers read black periodicals (e.g. Essence/ Emerge/ Ebony)? If not, why not?
  • What are the important resources that the Quaker community has to offer blacks and other people of color?
  • What does “justice” mean to Friends?
  • How does our Meeting respond to the need for justice?
  • If we disregard justice, what impact does it have on our spiritual lives and on our connection with the Divine?
  • What is the relationship between love and justice? Between living in the spirit and seeking justice?
  • If compassion is love in action, what is justice in action?
  • How does oppression dehumanize and dim the Light, both in oppressor and oppressed?
  • How do we exercise our respect for balance?
  • Do you uphold the right of all persons to justice and human dignity?
  • Do we regard our time, talents, energy, money, material possessions and other resources as gifts from God, to be held in trust and shared according to the Light we are given?
  • How do we avoid misusing people and the world’s resources with care and consideration for future generations and with respect for all life?
  •  In what other ways do we carry out our commitment to stewardship?
  •  Do you revere all life and the splendor of God's continuing creation?
  • Do you try to protect all poeple the natural environment and its creatures against abuse and harmful exploitation?
  • Do you regard your possessions as given to you in trust, and do you part with them freely to meet the needs of others?
  • Are you frugal in your personal life and committed to the just distribution of the world's resources?
  •  Do you endeavor to create political, social, and economic institutions which will sustain and enrich the life of all?

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]