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Schedule of Ministry on Racism Program Events at 2020 Virtual Gathering


Pre-Gathering Retreat for Friends of Color and their Families

The Pre-Gathering Retreat for Friends of Color and their Families will be held from the evening of Friday, June 26 to the early afternoon of Sunday, June 28, 2020. Find up-to-date information about the Retreat at the webpage here.

Daily Lunchtime Affinity Spaces

Gathering for Fellowship for Friends of Color Only

Monday through Friday                                                                                                                12:00PM – 1:30PM EDT

Facilitator: Vanessa Julye

Come to meet and talk with other Friends of Color. We will create our own agenda which may include sharing our experiences as Friends.


Gathering for Fellowship for European Americans Addressing Racism   

Monday through Friday                                                                                                                 12:00PM – 1:30PM EDT

Facilitators: Melissa Peart, Jaya Karsemeyer-Bone

Our racial justice work is sustained in part by staying connected with others doing this work. Gather with other White Friends (European Americans) who are addressing racism and Whiteness in our lives and in our Quaker communities. Each day we will create a space to come together and reflect on a theme related to anti-racism work. We will end the week with our regular worship for Friends of European Descent confronting racism.


Afternoon Activities sponsored by the People of Color Center


Monday, June 29: Reading to kids of all ages                                           4 – 5:30PM EDT

Come to hear several Friends read stories aloud from children’s books. We read to people of all ages and races/ethnicities from books about and by People of Color.

Tuesday, June 30: Racial Justice in your Meeting                                    4 – 5:30PM EDT

Facilitator: Vanessa Julye

Are you addressing racial justice and White Supremacy in your month or yearly meeting? Come meet and spend time with Friends who are doing the same in their meeting.


Wednesday, July 1: Upgrading your Meeting’s library                              4 – 5:30PM EDT

Facilitator: Regina Renee Ward
Join us for a discussion on evaluating books & media with an inclusive lens. We’ll explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive & equitable collections, such as the experiences of LGBTQIA people, Native people, people of color, people with disabilities, non-binary or gender non-conforming people and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.  We will share resources and you will learn best practices for evaluating, auditing and diversifying your collections.


Thursday, July 2: Health Disparities and Racism in the Era of COVID-19                      4 – 5:30PM EDT

Co-facilitators: Elaine Ruscetta & Diane Rowley
The co-facilitators will present about health disparities and racism in healthcare, both in the U.S. in general and specifically in the context of COVID-19. What are health disparities and what causes them? How does the history of structural racism and colonialism shape health disparities in the U.S.? How has the current rapidly changing environment of COVID-19 and the increased attention to anti-racism work affected the conversation about health disparities? How does the persistence of health disparities and racism in healthcare conflict with Quaker values?


Friday, July 3: Afternoon with Friends General Conference’s Intuitional Assessment Implementation Committee                                                                                                 4 – 5:30PM EDT

Facilitators: Co-clerks Regina Renee Ward & Carolyn Lejuste
Come to meet and hear about the work of FGC’s Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee.


Workshops for People of Color Only

Monday-Friday Workshops - Five sessions (Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3). Each session runs from 1:30-3pm EDT (10:30am-12pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 300s

                  Javaughn Fernanders will be facilitating a 5-day workshop for People of Color, Spirituals Before Silence (Worshop #320)

Saturday, July 4 Workshops - Three 90-minute sessions each at 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm, and 4:30-6pm, EDT (8:30am-10am, 11am-12:30pm, and 1:30-3pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 200s

                  Self-Care for People of Color (Workshop #201), Regina Renee Ward and Sarah Haber 

Workshops addressing issues of racism

Monday-Friday Workshops - Five sessions (Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3). Each session runs from 1:30-3pm EDT (10:30am-12pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 300s

                    Challenging Ethnic and Racial DivisionsVanessa Julye and Janice Domanik, Workshop Number 302

                    Decolonizing Our Future: A Road to LiberationNia Eubanks-Dixon and Sophia Burns, Workshop Number 306

                    Hey White People, Let's Discuss MoviesCarolyn Lejuste, Workshop Number 309

                    Understanding RacismEppchez Yes and Olivia Pandolfi, Workshop Number 316



Help your Meeting challenge racism. Click here to learn more about the Ministry on Racism Program.