Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.
“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison
I’ve seen many minutes from monthly and yearly meetings and other Quaker bodies on the Occupy movement go by posted on Facebook. It seems to me it would be great to have a place to post all of them, and to that end here is a spot for all Quaker minutes on the Occupy movement to be posted. I found this one from Britain Yearly Meeting to start this off, but if you know of others or helped to write one, please post here.
Regularly I will be posting a query to invite dialogue on a topic of interest to Friends. Please respond as you are led. You can sign up to see replies to the thread of comments on each topic. Thanks so much for your participation. In Peace, Lucy
How can Friends churches, Friends meetings (monthly, quarterly, and yearly), and our Quaker organizations nurture and support spirit-led witness?
I used to teach second grade at an inner city elementary school in Vallejo, California. I was teaching there when the riots occurred in Los Angeles in response to the initial verdict acquitting four police officers who had beaten Rodney King. That morning, I interrupted the usual routine to invite the students to discuss what was happening. Many of my students, who were mostly of African, Filipino, Mexican, and East Indian descent, told story after story of their own experiences of racism.
I was at the FGC offices in Philadelphia when the Twin Towers were hit. We watched together as the first tower burned, believing that it was some kind of freak accident. When the second plane struck, I was incredulous for a while that this could have been intentional. I had a physical response – of astonishment, of sorrow, of grief. We as staff gathered together in worship, then dispersed, clutching for our families, for sanctuary, for news.
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