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Do you long for your faith community to be truly inclusive? This course will give you tools to put inclusion at the heart of your faith community life. We will ask how inclusion is rooted in our theology, how inclusion is different to diversity, and how we can include all people in our faith communities, regardless of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality.
In recent years we may have become more aware of transgender people – in our meetings we may encounter a transgender newcomer seeking a spiritual home, a longstanding Friend may ‘come out’, or we might have a relative who is trans or non-binary. This weekend aims to demystify gender diversity by hearing personal stories. We will explore the distinctive role of our meetings in embracing the richness of gender diversity based on our testimonies to truth, equality and simplicity.
: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Audre Lorde. All of us go through different stages of understanding our own and others’ racial identity. However, we are unconsciously influenced by society, peers, family composition, politics, media and much more. We also inhabit social political structures and organisational structures have been conceived with an unequal idea of assigned gender roles which reproduce and maintain these inequalities. Moreover, people are discriminated differently according to the context in which they find themselves; social class, ethnic or religious origin, age, sexual orientation or their functional capability. The purpose of this course is to help us as Friends sort out the many messages we get about race, racism, unconscious bias and white privilege and then to explore ways of becoming more effective allies in the fight for racial justice and racial healing in our lives and beyond. Guided by Advice and Queries 33 & 34 and using Bayard Rustin as a case study, we hope to - Goals: Develop a shared understanding of key terms and ideas, including social construction of race, gender and minority marginalisation; Identify the ways in which racism and white privilege impact our daily lives; Identify manifestations of white privilege and racism in our Meetings; Develop plan for network support and resources as diversity ally. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. -- Martin Luther King, Jr
This course will use the P4C (Philosophy for Communities) methodology which enables in-depth enquiry into matters of belief and ethics. This approach creates a positive environment for deep discussion and safe disagreement. Participants will be given the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion of the deeper meaning and implications of diversity and inclusion. The group will create their own questions to explore what diversity and inclusion mean in practice for Quakers.