Quakers Reach Out to Black Community

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    This fall Quakers in Atlanta are reaching out to the African American community to encourage attendance at a series of programs: “Explore the Quaker Way with Quaker Quest.”

    All sessions are on Sunday afternoon. The topics are “Quakers and Peace” on Oct. 28, “Quakers and Worship” on Nov. 4, “Quakers and Equality” on Nov. 11, and “Quakers and Jesus” on Nov. 18.

    Each gathering will involve several Quakers sharing their experiences on the day’s theme. It will also include discussion and 30 minutes of Quaker worship.

    “The Quaker way is a spiritual path that is simple, radical and contemporary,” says Folami Prescott-Adams. “We welcome all to learn more about our spiritual path.”

    “This is a group that is willing to face racism within and outside its walls, and I would love to have a chance to let others know how well this faith tradition meets my family’s needs,” she adds.

    Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. followed by the program from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The location is the Friends Meetinghouse at 701 W. Howard Ave. in Decatur (0.4 mi east of the East Lake MARTA station). Children welcome – childcare will be offered.

    Quakers in history have been known for their work to end racial injustice and inequality in the United States. In Atlanta in the early 1960s, Quakers joined others to work for the peaceful integration of the city’s schools. In recent years, the Atlanta Friends Meeting (Quakers) has worked against racism both within and outside of its group. They have been involved in work for social justice through involvement in groups such as the Grady Coalition, Poor People’s Day at the Capitol, and Occupy Atlanta.

    The Atlanta Friends Meeting has worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m. In meeting for worship, they reflect in silence unless someone feels spiritually moved to offer a message aloud. The public is always welcome to join in this experience.

    For more information about the Atlanta Friends Meeting or the program series, call 404-377-2474 or visit http://atlanta.quaker.org.

    Photo: Quaker Folami Prescott Adams invites Black Atlantans to learn more about her faith.

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