Yearly Meeting's decision
To better understand the decision please see:
- minutes from Yearly Meeting (PDF), especially Minute 27 and Minute 33
- Yearly Meeting 2022 Epistle (PDF) (the letter to all Quakers summarising the detail and spirit of the Yearly Meeting) is also helpful
- the Swarthmore Lecture (offsite link), 'Perceiving the temperature of the water' by Helen Minnis, which addressing issues of white privilege within the Quaker movement and scientific community
Events and courses
Woodbrooke, a Quaker learning and research organisation, has a number of relevant sessions and courses over the next few months. These deal with reparations directly, or further the general conversations coming out of Yearly Meeting. All course links are to Woodbrooke's website.
Claiming Our Collective Power
A session led by members of Green Street Meeting's reparations committee (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) and members of Lancaster Meeting who have been involved in responding to Black Lives Matter and researching their meeting's connections to slavery. 22 June at 6pm UK time.
Taking Positive Action With Our Money
This is a general look at how we use our money as individuals and a faith community and will include discussion of reparations. Starts 11 June. You can still sign up over the next week as it runs until July.
Swarthmore Lecture events
There are five follow-up sessions relating to the Swarthmore Lecture. You can book on any session that interests you:
- History, guilt and change: Thursday 16 June, 7–8.30pm
- Addressing the imbalance: Tuesday 28 June, 7–8.30pm
- Seeing the water: Tuesday 5 July, 7–8.30pm
- Anti-racist action now: Tuesday 19 July, 7–8.30pm
Discomforting Quaker History
This is a seminar for researchers to present work looking at the discomforting side of Quaker history. Woodbrooke is encouraging people with a general interest in the topic to come along. 18 October and you may drop in between 2.30–8.30pm.
Woodbrooke offers support to independent Quaker researchers. Visit Woodbrooke's reasearch pages (offsite link) for more information. Staff are specifically helping Quaker meetings who want to research their historical links to slavery and colonialism. It doesn't have to be formal research or very academically rigorous. Please email Learning@woodbrooke.org.uk.
Staff of the
Library of the Society of Friends are also happy to support Friends in this area.
Library staff have written a Research guide - Slavery and the meeting (PDF) for meetings to explore their links to slavery. The guide was inspired by the research by Ann Morgan at Lancaster Meeting.
More resources and idea will be added to this page in the coming weeks.
Listen to A Quaker Take
A Quaker Take is a podcast from Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke featuring people talking about ideas, faith and activism. This is a special series exploring reparations – more episodes will be added as they are released. Listen here or via a podcast app:
Find all the shownotes and previous episodes at www.quaker.org.uk/podcast.
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