April marks the beginning of yearly meeting gathering season for many of us in North America. We’re sharing a few resources to help strengthen the connection between Friends in your region and Quaker Earthcare Witness.
Please consider taking the following actions as you prepare for your summer events:
1. Invite a QEW Presents! speaker to do a workshop at your yearly meeting’s annual sessions. (Looking for another topic that relates to your gathering’s theme? Email Hayley at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can brainstorm.)
2. Is your meeting happening in person? Request materials from email@example.com to help with your tabling needs. (We can also share virtual tabling materials if your yearly meeting is offering that option).
Events This Month
Racial Wealth Gap Simulation Experiment
May 17 @ 7:00 pm ET
Quaker Earthcare Witness' co-clerk Beverly Ward will offer this Racial Wealth Gap Simulation experiment to help people understand the connections among racial inequity, hunger, poverty, and wealth.
In the simulation, participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities—property ownership and education are just two among many areas affected—and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color.
The simulation guides participants to an understanding of why racial equity is so important to ending hunger and poverty in the United States. The hope is that participants, in becoming more aware of structural inequality, can support policies that undo and/or reduce disparities.
About Beverly Ward:
Beverly is the field secretary for Earthcare, Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, and co-clerk of QEW. She has taught several courses at the University of South Florida where she also worked as a faculty member in a research center. Her related experience includes conducting research and providing technical assistance to communities and local state and federal agencies on environmental and social justice, housing, and transportation issues. Among her publications is Making Black Communities Matter: Race, Space, and Resistance in the Urban South. She is the Transportation Research Board Equity in Transportation committee research coordinator. Beverly is an experiential workshop facilitator trained in conflict management, mediation, responses to violence, strategies on healing for trauma and Alternatives to Violence Project. Beverly is a member of Tampa Monthly Meeting and an attender of Deland Worship Group. She lives on lands once inhabited by the Timucua (Ocklawaha River Watershed) and the Tocobaga (Hillsborough Bay Watershed).
Worship Sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness and Friends General Conference
May 26 @ 8:00 pm ET
Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference.
In worship sharing, we gather in small groups to focus on a particular question (or questions) to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” We welcome all to join us!
Together we are creating more opportunities for Friends to be in spiritual community with one another.
Save the Date: Fall 2022 Steering Committee
October 20 @ 5:00 pm ET - October 23 @ 5:00 pm ET
Join QEW for our Fall 2022 Steering Committee Meeting.
Our plan is to meet in-person at Pendle Hill retreat center, but we are reconsidering whether or not the October Steering Committee meeting will be held in-person or via Zoom. We will post any changes to the plan as soon as they are made