Hello, Friends--As you know, Quaker Spring will be held this year in Barnesville, Ohio from June 28 to July 2. I wanted to let you know that some of us are feeling led to come a day early for a time of worship and reflection around the issue of racial healing. We are scheduling this as a separate pre-gathering, so that Quaker Spring itself can be faithful to the ideal of being truly unprogrammed. Here's the minute developed by the planning committee:
"We grieve for the wounds caused by racism in our country, and take ownership of our failure over the past two years to keep Quaker Spring an open and welcoming place for everyone, including Friends of Color. May God tender our hearts and teach us humility and the power of grace. This year we intend to make space for Friends who feel so led to explore this concern more deeply. We commit ourselves to the goal of making Quaker Spring a place where all, however wounded, may find healing, joy, and community at the feet of the Inward Christ."
If you are able to come early, and if you feel led to be there, please join us. On Monday, June 27, Friends Center, on the Olney Friends School campus, will be available from 2 pm on, and we are invited to prepare communal meals in the kitchen. Beds are available in the girls dorm at Olney Friends School for Monday night for a small fee. Stillwater meetinghouse is available for our use if we wish to meet there. We expect to meet on Monday afternoon and evening, and on Tuesday morning, and would welcome anyone who feels led to join us for any part of that time. Please let us know if you plan to come, and if you will need a bed for Monday night.
Blessings, Deborah Haines, for the planning committee