This resource is based on a discussion from March 13th, 2015, held in the FGC-sponsored Quaker hospitality room at this year's White Privilege Conference (WPC16). We hope you will use it to generate worthwhile discussions in your meeting.
At the end of the Committee for Nurturing Ministries Visioning Session for the Future of the Ministry on Racism, one of the members of the Working Group shared a moving piece of ministry: a song titled "When We Started." This song had a powerful impact on those present. Please listen to it at the right.
When I attended the FGC conference in Grinnell, I learned that FGC was encouraging Quakers to participate in the White Privilege Conference. So I attended the 13th White Privilege Conference in spring, 2012. It was like going into a lively, open city where everyone was talking about all aspects of privilege.
Power, Privilege, and the Search for Community:
A Reflection on the White Privilege Conference – March 28-31, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM
"In the beginning was darkness—and it wasn't good enough." This heart wrenching comment on Genesis 1 burst forth from a middle aged African American man in a class on Racism and the Bible. Instinctively I knew this wasn't true, and as a white person I had never thought of reading the text in this way; I could think of nothing to say.
This resource presents some queries to help Friends live the truth of their testimony to equality, discerned by the Religious Education Committee's Subcommittee on Ending Racism and Privilege among Friends.
This resource is a copy of a Pendle Hill lecture given by Margaret Hope Bacon.
This resource is an article by Vanessa Julye
This resource is an article on racial assumptions by Joan Broadfield