Everyone is Welcome
Atlanta Friends Meeting is mindful of the fundamental Quaker testimonies of equality and integrity. What draws individuals to the Quaker experience does so without regard to color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Racism has been a concern of Atlanta Friends Meeting since the 1940s
when Atlanta Friends found a place to hold integrated meetings in a
segregated city. During the 50s and 60s, Atlanta Friends were active
in working to end segregation. In subsequent decades, antiracism work
included support for community projects, workshops on personal racism,
and the formation of the group, Our Role as Individuals in America's
Racial History (ORAIIARH). In 2000, AFM business meeting recorded its
commitment to becoming a safe and welcoming spiritual home for all. It
asked all committees and groups in the Meeting to regularly
prayerfully reflect on how their activities contribute to being more
welcoming and to make any necessary changes. Since then, the Committee
on Undoing Racism in Atlanta Friends Meeting and the Quakers for
Racial Equality group have been formed. We recognize the pervasive
effects of racism and white privilege on our lives and the need for
whites to take an active role in ending racism.
In more recent years, Atlanta Friends Meeting has also become more sensitive to the concerns of ending discrimination and defending the civil rights of people identifying with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer communities, and has established a support group to help address LGBTQ issues.
We are committed to having Atlanta Friends Meeting be a safe and
welcoming spiritual home for all.
Quakers for Racial Equality
meets on 4th Sundays at 11:45 in the AFM library to support anyone
with leadings to work for racial equality on personal, institutional,
and societal levels.
Contact: Susan Firestone
The Committee on Undoing Racism in
Atlanta Friends Meeting meets jointly with Quakers for Racial
Equality. The committee offers a Listening Ear for Concerns about
Racism once a month and develops learning opportunities such as
Contact: Karen Morris
Atlanta Friends of Color
gather periodically and have started a new tradition of gathering for
a meal and conversation on the 18th of December. To speak with a
Friend of Color and be added to the list,
Contact: Folami Adams.
Fellowship of Friends of African
Descent is a national Quaker group to nurture and respond to
concerns of Friends of African Descent within the Religious Society of
Friends. Contact via fofad.org Website
Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Concerns of Atlanta (FLGBTQC of ATL) is a support organization within Atlanta Friends Meeting for the queer community and our allies. We are deeply appreciative of the support that we have continued to find in this Meeting. Another visible sign of this support is the small pink triangles or rainbows (both symbols of LGBTQ identity) that many members and attenders have chosen to wear on their nametags each Sunday.
-- For more information, please see Equality Testimony
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