Queries - Virtual Worship for White Friends Confronting Racism
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10/15/2021 Queries 

Epistle from the Friends of Color FGC Pre-Gathering 2020 

Uplifted query from epistle- 
  1. How can we construct ways for people to engage and remain engaged beyond good intentions in the struggle for true equality in health, education, wealth and against state sanctioned violence?

10/8/2021 Queries  

Epistle from the Friends of Color FGC Pre-Gathering 2020 

Uplifted query from epistle-  
  1. How can we honor the memory of people who have lost their lives to the struggle for a better world?

10/1/2021 Queries 


Epistle from the Friends of Color FGC Pre-Gathering 2020 

Uplifted query from epistle-  
  1. What is the Spirit leading me to do about the historic and ongoing racial pandemic across my meeting, my community, my work environment and my country?


9/24/2021 Queries  

“We are born to move towards harmony and learn to ignore the “harms” or causes of harm. Even if we can’t name or otherwise identify a harm, our body knows and remembers. By noticing and naming both the oppression and faithfulness, we can shift our stuckness and woundedness (on race and the effects of racism) within the Religious Society of Friends and the greater society.”
-Lisa Graustein of NEYM, Noticing & Naming Patterns of Oppression and Faithfulness

Queries:
1) What is the sign in your body that something is “off”, wrong, an untruth?
2) What is a sign in your body that something is truthful, right on, Spirit-led?
3) Name a (spiritual) practice that helps you hear truth and have the courage to notice and name patterns of oppression - regarding race and racism.

9/17/2021 Queries  

No queries, extended 20 minute worship 

9/10/2021 Queries 

Song by British rapper Dave called "Black": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDUPSNdmFew 
Focus on timestamp 02:51-03:14, the lyrics are:

Black is so confusing, 'cause the culture? They're in love with it
They take our features when they want and have their fun with it
Never seem to help with all the things we know would come with it
Loud in our laughter, silent in our suffering
Black is bein' strong inside and facing defeat
Poverty made me a beast, I battled the law in the streets
We all struggled, but your struggle ain't a struggle like me
Well how could it be when your people gave us the odds that we beat?