Defund the Police? An abolition curriculum – A Quaker conversation

When:
November 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2021-11-29T18:30:00-08:00
2021-11-29T20:30:00-08:00

Mondays at 6:30 – 8:30 pm
October 11 – December 13
(no meeting on November 22nd)
Zoom
You are invited to join Multnomah Friends Meeting and West Hills Friends Church in a convergent conversation about Defunding the Police.  We will use a curriculum developed by the Mennonite Church USA, a fellow peace church, with some Quaker friendly additions/modifications. Here is the link to the Mennonite curriculum:  https://www.mennoniteusa.org/abolition-curriculum-intro/
We will explore policing and how it relates to Quaker beliefs and testimonies. This interactive course is designed to be “an initial guide for congregations to reflect on what it means to engage the forces of state, their commitments to non-violence, and how to act to end policing and police brutality. Abolition is not just an ending; it’s about building a different kind of world.”
Content warning: material in the course covers violence and racial trauma.

This is not a lecture course, but rather a cooperative exploration with many opportunities for discussion and sharing.
We believe we are called to ask ourselves the following question:
What does Spirit have to say to me, at this time, about the role of policing in my community?
We are hoping to foster a sense of community and allow space for all voices.  Accordingly, enrollment is limited to 25 Friends.

To register or for more information contact Kepper Petzing (they), kalmkalm@msn.com or 503-284-2068.
Sponsored by Multnomah Friends Meeting Peace & Social Concerns Committee and Friends for Racial Justice and West Hills Friends Church.