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Speaking from the Heart: The Real Work of Undoing Racism from the Inside

After nearly two years of discussion and planning, the Western Quarterly Meeting-sponsored workshop addressing racism was finally held on Saturday, September 16. This workshop was designed with our membership in mind – a predominately white, middle-class, social-justice minded demographic. Nearly 30 people expressed interest in the workshop, and in the end we were close to capacity […]

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WQM Undoing Racism Workshop – Sat, Sept 16

One-day Workshop:
Speaking from the Heart— The Real Work of Undoing Racism from the Inside

Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:30 am—3:30 pm

Lunch provided. Registration required. Free, with $5-$35 donation suggested.

This one-day workshop is designed for participants to     engage with issues of racism and oppression on a personal level. We will learn tools for recognizing, addressing and healing from the impact of racism on our everyday lives. Our facilitators will employ large-group and small-group interactive formats. Reading materials will be provided  prior to the workshop.  Participants from all backgrounds and those engaged at all levels of awareness are welcome.

Our facilitators will be Joyce Bembry and Linda Lucero from Delaware’s Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow.       

Workshop organized by Western Quarterly Meeting & hosted at Kennett Friends Meeting, 125 W. Sickle Street, Kennett Square, PA
For more information contact: coordinator@westernquarterquakers.org or 610.444.1012


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Human Trafficking – presentation & panel discussion

A HOT TOPIC Event Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.  on Human Trafficking (Exploitation)

FEATURING: A/V presentation by Yolanda Schlabach, founder and Executive Director of Zoë Ministries PANEL: Commissioner Mary McDonough, Delaware Court of Common Pleas, Human Trafficking Court Commissioner Loretta Young, Delaware Family Court Nancy McGee, Coordinator, Sexual Assault Network of Delaware, ContactLifeline, Inc. Johanna Bishop, Director, Behavioral Sciences Program, Wilmington University

This event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is requested. Email lwvncc@comcast.net using the subject line “Attending May 10 Event” and providing your name.

Partners/Sponsors supporting this event: St. Helena Parish Social Ministries, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary Magdalene RC Church, Newark Friends Meeting, Pacem in Terris

Location: Masci Hall • St. Helena Parish 210 Bellefonte Avenue • Wilmington, DE 19809

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Conversations on Race

Conversations on Race – March 28, 7 pm 

Western Quarterly Meeting has been peripherally involved in the planning and hosting of this monthly conversation (4th Tuesdays at 7pm), which currently meets at Kennett Friends Meeting House (in the Worship Room). In March Iram Shaukat, of the Islamic Society of Delaware and the Delaware Civil Rights Coalition will share perspective on “Muslim Families in America”. Followed by small group discussions. All encouraged to participate.

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Quarterly Meeting – January 15

Time to Wake Up & Stand Up
Fighting for Social Justice in the 21st Century

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Featured Speaker: Jerry Franklin Poe

Jerry Franklin Poe Jr. is the Vice President of the Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY of Greater Kennett Square and an active member of the MLK Advocates. He has been a leader in the struggle for social justice for many years. Jerry believes in confronting injustice by speaking the truth in love.
Jerry will speak to us about the MLK CommUNITY of GKA’s function in Southern Chester County. Their work and mission are directly aligned with Friends’ testimonies of community, equality and peace, and many Friends in our Quarter have been (and continue to be) involved.

9:00 – 9:25 – Registration and coffee
9:30 – 10:30 – Worship
10:45 – 11:45 – Program: Time to Wake Up & Stand Up
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 –  3.:00  – WQM Business Meeting

After a few minutes of shared Worship the children will enjoy their own program centered in our community & equality testimonies.

Childcare for the very young can also be available. Contact: youth@westernquarterquakers.org

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Peace Week Events- Delaware

Peace Week DelawareOrganization of Peace Week Delaware began in February 2016.  Since then, Delaware’s Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) has partnered with dozens of organizations and individuals across the First State to present a week-long series of events running from September 18 – 25.

All are welcome to attend and support these activities – regardless of where you live!

Click here for the full list of the week’s events: Full Schedule

Interested in what’s happening in PA? Follow these links to learn about Peace Day Philly, and see the week’s schedule of events.


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International Day of Peace – Events in Philadelphia

Peace Day Philly promotes and collaborates on programming related to personal, local and/or global peace, on and around the United Nations International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”), SEPTEMBER 21. Peace Day Philly’s focus is on building positive peace and creating the conditions for peace, unity and justice through diverse and collaborative activities such as: dialogue, skill and resiliency-building, creativity, mindfulness and citizenship.

To see a list of events for the week, click here (full schedule).
To find out what is happening in Delaware, click here (full schedule).

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Conversations on Race (series)

Topic: White Privilege
Speaker: Rev. Greg Pelley, Pastor
Unitarian Universalist Society of Millcreek, DE
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 pm

Western Quarter Friends have joined with MLK CommUnity Advocates and Inclusive Social Ministry for Solidarity (ISIMs) to help arrange a series of Conversations on Race. These conversations will feature a short presentation by a guest speaker, followed by time to gather in smaller groups and practice listening to one another. They will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at a variety of locations.

We hope you can attend.
Please share this notice with anyone who may be interested.
This is an inclusive community event supported by the MLK CommUnity Advocates and the ISMs ministry of the Church of the Open Door.
Conversations about Race will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.


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Empty Bowls Event – Fight Hunger on 2/25

5th Annual Empty Bowls Event

The Empty Bowls Event is designed to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity in our community while raising funds to support the Kennett Food Cupboard.  A simple meal of soup is served.  Attendees learn about services available through KACS, enjoy a silent auction, and receive a handmade bowl as a reminder of the families in need living in our community.

Attendees can come for lunch (11:30 – 1:30pm) or dinner (6:00 to 8:30pm). This year’s event is held at the Red Clay Room, 423 Dalmatian Street, Kennett Square, PA. 

Tickets are $25.  Sponsor tickets are also available. To buy tickets online, visit here: http://www.kacsonline.net/empty-bowls/ or call 610-925-3556

Proceeds will help KACS eliminate hunger in our community, assisting the growing number of families that need support.  The Kennett Food Cupboard currently provides nutritional food to over 1,200 individuals each month.

Event site: https://www.kacsonline.net/2016-empty-bowls/

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Film Viewing: The Anonymous People – 2/6

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters – all bringing the power and proof of recovery to our communities. Together we will change public perception, and ultimately the public response to the addiction crisis…FOREVER. Will you join us?

Pizza at 6 pm
Film begins at 6:30
Childcare available

To register to attend, or for more information, contact Todd Krasnai, WC Friends Meeting at WCFMeeting@gmail.com or at 610-696-0491

Sponsored by Chester County Chapter of PRO-ACT, Chesco Dept of Drug & Alcohol Services, & West Chester Friends Meeting

For information about the film & the book: http://manyfaces1voice.org/

To view the flyer for this event: Anonymous People Flyer_WCFriendsMeeting_v3

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