YWCA June Courageous Conversation
Tuesday, June 15 @ 6:30pm
This Zoom conversation will focus largely on whiteness, white fragility, and white experiences of talking about race.
We will engage participants to deepen their understanding about where white fragility comes from, what is the function of white fragility, and what do we fear when asked to have “courageous conversations”? The evening will wrap up with break out conversations to explore: Is it important to be a committed ally and why?
News from the Antiracism Discussion & Action Group
Taking Action Toward Becoming an Antiracist Community
Our group had its final scheduled meeting in May. We discussed the last strategy for racial justice in Dr. Amanda Kemp's book Say the Wrong Thing. It's about embracing discomfort and trusting the process. It's about how we must make room for radical inclusion and stretch ourselves to hold space for transformation. And it's also about knowing that continued reflection and action are part of every journey toward antiracism.
Moving forward, the group would like for York Friends to consider adopting the BYM Antiracism Declaration as part of its own process. To find out more about how the declaration can be translated into action, review this powerpoint put together by the BYM Growing Diverse Leadership Committee. The group also came up with over a dozen actions to take to work toward being antiracist. Click here to view those.
Firefly Midsummer Night's Hike at Friends Wilderness Center
Saturday, June 12
As midsummer's night approaches, fireflies illuminate the Niles Cabin ponds accompanied by an evening choir of frogs. Enjoy an easy, early-evening, family-friendly hike to the treehouse for campfire s'mores before strolling back between the ponds at dusk to dance on the lawn, moved by the magical symphony of sight & sound. Click here for more information.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
6:00 pm-9:00 pm
305 Friends Way
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Queries, Advices & Voices for June
(from 2013 Faith & Practice Resource Document)
* Are love and unity maintained among you?
* What helps our Meeting build trust in one another?
* How do we get to know one another in our spiritual community and in other religious communities?
* How do we make time in our lives for our Meeting?
* How do our conflicts have the potential to enrich the life of our community?
The Meeting can consciously cultivate fellowship and community, and is enriched when all members and attenders participate actively. The working of the Spirit in our lives is expressed through ministry, pastoral caring for each other, and the example provided by lives lived in the Light. As we worship, work, and laugh together, we forge bonds of trust, understanding, and communication.
When need arises to address contentious issues, they then may be addressed openly and honestly. Conflict thus experienced can also build trust and intimacy. When resolution is not immediate, the Meeting can make room for different expressions of continuing revelation, while persisting in earnest search for unity. Convictions that might divide or disrupt a Meeting can, through God's grace, help to make it creative and strong. The larger Quaker community has many resources that can help meetings address internal conflict.
"Our belief in the universality of the Inner Light requires us to "walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone" as George Fox urged. No human being is excluded from our sense of community, for we are led by our faith to view human beings as children of God rather than as stereotypes of cultures, nations, or ideologies. It is individual people with whom fellowship must be established, and each Friend must seek in the quiet of worship the personal strength to work at the establishment of community." - Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1988
"How can I participate in a fairer distribution of resources unless I live in a community which makes it possible to consume less? How can I learn accountability unless I live in a community where my acts and their consequences are visible to all? How can I learn to share power unless I live in a community where hierarchy is unnatural? How can I take the risks which right action demand unless I belong to a community which gives support? How can I learn the sanctity of each life unless I live in a community where we can be persons, not roles, to one another?" - Parker Palmer, 1977
"It is not easy to find community and fellowship in the modern world. Many Friends view relationships within the local Meeting as similar to partial relationships established with people met regularly at work, at play, and in the neighborhood. It is perhaps too much to expect that we all will make the Meeting central to our lives. But unless the Meeting fellowship can be made to speak to something deep in our lives, our Society falls short of fulfilling the true spiritual needs of its members." - Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1988
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