Past Adult Religious Education Events
Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times
This year’s Adult Religious Education program will use J. Brent Bill’s new Quaker Quicks book, Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times, as the basis for our study and reflection. The book and ebook are available here, along with content and reviews of the 62-page book. If you would like the Meeting to purchase a copy for you, please let us know.
Reflection on the text will be in worship-sharing groups facilitated by the ARE Committee and Danny Blose. The groups will meet once a month in October, November, January, February, and March. Groups will meet by Zoom or in person, on the day and time of their choosing. J. Brent Bill, the author, has agreed to discuss the book with us via Zoom in January.
April 25, 2021
How Do We as Friends Create Community with Our Neighbors?”
The ARE Committee will facilitate a discussion of ways we can as Friends become more skillful and effective in connecting with our neighbors across economic, social, and political differences. Participants will be asked to share their challenges and successes in communicating with neighbors here in Yancey and Mitchell counties. The Zoom session will open at 1:15 and last from 1:30 to 3 p.m. See calendar for link.
March 28, 2021
The Color of Law 2: Documentation Issues for Our Spanish-Speaking Neighbors
Panel and discussion will continue this year’s focus on “Who Is My Neighbor?” by listening and sharing with some of our Spanish-speaking neighbors. Rachel Weir will facilitate and lead the discussion with panelists, who will share their experiences of “the color of law” as it applies to documentation struggles for Spanish-speaking people in Yancey and Mitchell counties. Sunday, March 28, at 1:30 PM by Zoom. See calendar for link.
- Click here to view a recording of the forum.
- Profile of the Spanish-speaking community in Yancey County.
The Color of Law
Forum with Carol Clark and Brian Yaffee on the impact of government policy on racial disparities. An animated video entitled “Segregated by Design,”provided an overview of how government policy contributed to residential segregation in the U.S. after Jim Crow, and its impact on public health. It is based on The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
Links to the animated video and other resources:
- Segregated by Design (animated video)
- Richard Rothstein with Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Color of Law, May 21, 2017
- Maria Godoy, In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects of Past Housing Discrimination Are Plain to See, November 19, 2020.
- NPR Story: In US cities, the health effects of past housing discrimination are plain to see.
January 24, 2021
Panel Discussion with the Race Matters Committee
Sharing Our Personal Journeys Toward Understanding White Supremacy and White Privilege: A Panel discussion with a question-and-answer period
Members of the Race Matters Ad Hoc Committee shared their personal insights, struggles, and growth from reading and learning together over the past several months at a p. One outcome of this ongoing self-reflection was creation of a proposal for meeting-wide action, presented at the January 17 Meeting for Business.
Below is a link to a glossary of racial justice terms that will help the viewer better understand the vocabulary that panelists used in their presentations and to expand knowledge of white supremacy and white privilege.