Here are some of the ways we will seek to create space that is welcoming and inclusive to all during our time together at Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute.
Please become familiar with FCNL’s Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AJEDI) statement and the General Committee’s community agreements before Annual Meeting. You can also read the message on Building Beloved Community from General Committee Clerk Mary Lou Hatcher.
Volunteers will serve as process facilitators in workshops to call us back to our community agreement if necessary.
Oops and Ouch
At any time, if you experience harm in our gathering, you may type “ouch” in the chat to note your concern. The process facilitator will follow up will give you the opportunity to explain in the chat if you wish. They will then offer the opportunity for the F/friend responsible for the “Ouch” to apologize for the impact of their words by writing “Oops” in the chat. (Note: “Ouch” and “Oops” are meant to be used for words that injure, not words that make one uncomfortable.)
Two Friends are serving as listeners throughout this event: AT Miller and Trayce Peterson. You may contact them if you encounter harmful situations or wish to process an experience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have two times during Annual Meeting for affinity spaces: Friday (in-person) and Saturday (via Zoom) from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST. The affinity groups include spaces for People of Color, people with disabilities, people with LGBTQIA+ identities, and people of European descent (with a focus on becoming allies in FCNL’s anti-racism work).
Sometimes microaggressions emerge when we want to get to know each other but have different levels of comfort with different types of questions. To encourage community building that respects everyone’s boundaries, we are creating an “ask me about” section of participants’ nametags. We invite you to ask people about the topic that they have identified! Additionally, we invite you to use these inclusive conversation starters to get to know your fellow participants, in the room with you or online:
- If you weren’t at this meeting right now, what would your day look like?
- What is an issue or concern that is alive for people in your community?
- Where do you find inspiration?
- What brings you joy?
- What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
- What is your favorite season of the year and why?
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