Fit for Freedom, Not for FriendshipFit for Freedom, Not for Friendshiphttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/261868Ira DeA. Reid House 2014-09-15T16:15:002014-09-15T18:00:00
September 15,2014 4:15PM–6:00PM
Ira DeA. Reid House
An exploration of the impact of discrimination in the Religious Society of Friends so understanding the truth of our past may lead to a more diverse, inclusive community. W/ Quaker author Vanessa Julye.
Quaker author and activist Vanessa Julye
Vanessa Julye and collaborator Donna McDaniel are the authors of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice that focuses on the relationship between African American Friends and non-Friends with Quakers of European descent from the 17th through 21st Centuries. She will speak from the personal and professional experience about the struggles with power and privilege from a faith perspective and withing the context of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Vanessa is a graduate of Westtown School and obtained a BA from Temple University. She serves as a guest speaker for many Friends meetings, schools, organizations and Quaker conferences. Vanessa served on The Racial Healing and Wholeness Committee in her local meeting and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She is a member of Haverford College’s Corporation and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting’s Worship and Ministry Committee. She has been working on increasing awareness of racism in the Quaker and sectarian communities for 20 years. Vanessa has a calling to a ministry with a concern for helping the Religious Society of Friends become a whole blessed community. She travels throughout the country and abroad speaking on this topic and leading workshops about racism focusing on its eradication and the healing of racism’s wounds. She also meets with Quakers of Color throughout the world, many of whom are isolated members of their Quaker meetings in Canada and the United States of America.
In additon to Fit for Freedom, Vanessa wrote the foreword for Margaret Hope Bacon’s pamphlet; Sarah Mapps Douglass, Faithful Attender of Quaker Meeting, View from the Back Bench. She has published numerous articles and pamphlets on Quakers and racism including The Seed Cracked Open, Growing Beyond Racism. Vanessa is Friends General Conference’s Coordinator for the Committee for Nurturing Ministries focusing on the Racism and Youth Ministries Programs, as well as, a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. She is married, has three adult children, a son-in-law and one grandchild. Vanessa enjoys crafting, knitting and photography. Following the talk, the Quaker Affairs Office will be hosting a dinner with Vanessa. Dinner is open to all members of the Haverford College community. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited.
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