Meeting of friends from Wilmington organizing live witness conversations on Zoom
2000 years ago, more or less, Christians believed that Jesus rose from the dead. This remarkable event is recounted in older versions of the Gospels, in the familiar tones of Handel’s âMessiahâ and in literary allusions from âA Tale of Two Citiesâ to âHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsâ.
What difference does the resurrection make for us now, however?
This fall, on the first and third Saturdays, the Wilmington Friends Reunion hosts conversations about Living Witnesses on Zoom. Each conversation presents a way in which Christians bear witness to the resurrection: rejecting the ways of death and celebrating the arrival of new life.
The September 18 conversation was about âFaithful Witness in a Fractured World,â a book co-authored by Wilmington College political science professor Michael Snarr and Mount Union religious studies and interdisciplinary studies professor Nicole Johnson. They offered stories of contemporary Christians who transcend church battles and political arguments to serve in the name of Christ.
The October 2 conversation focuses on practical peacemaking and highlights the work of Church of Friends peace teams.
FCPT was born out of the Kenyan Quaker response to electoral violence in Kenya in 2007, and seeks to eliminate the causes of the war in Kenya and throughout East Africa. Guest speakers are Getry Agizah and Karla Jay.
Getry has been involved in many types of peace work, including the Alternatives to Violence Program, Trauma Healing and Reconciliation, Mediation, Civics Education, and the Nonviolence for Social Change movement. She has spent the past 15 years working for peace around her country, Kenya, and outside Kenya in countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Uganda, China, South Africa, Guatemala and Ireland.
Karla is Friends United Meeting’s Global Ministries Coordinator. She was part of the pastoral team at Iglesia Amigos in Indianapolis, where her father, Carlos Moran, is pastor. Karla was born in Guatemala and raised in the United States. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Galileo Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. Many friends meetings in County Clinton are part of the Friends United Meeting.
To receive the Zoom link for the Living Witness conversation of October 2, email the Wilmington Friends Meeting at [email protected]
Upcoming Living Witness conversations include:
â¢ The Bible Hour adapted to LGBTQ, at 2 pm on October 16.
Presenter: Peterson Toscano
How can we read the Bible in a life-giving way? LGBTQ-Friendly Bible Hour will give participants the opportunity to explore various themes familiar to many LGBTQ people and connect them to Bible stories.
It’s not “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?” No, Peterson delves into the text to find gender outlaws, to shatter traditional readings, and to offer whole new perspectives.
Peterson is an academic, performance artist, and friend. It playfully explores the serious worlds of gender, religion and climate change. Learn more about Peterson on his website: https://petersontoscano.com
â¢ F / Friends in Unlikely Places, 2 pm Nov 6.
Presenter: Bobby Trice
How do we connect with those with whom we disagree? Bobby Trice and Alicia McBride advocate for engagement across regular party lines and share ways to make those conversations faithful and effective. They explore the work of Jonathan Haidt, giving participants tools to understand the moral frameworks of those with whom they disagree and engage in productive dialogue.
Bobby Trice is the Quaker Outreach Coordinator on the Friends Committee on National Law. He coordinates the engagement of FCNL staff with Quaker communities to listen to Friends’ concerns, facilitate empowerment, and make meaningful public policy action more accessible. He is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington (Baltimore Yearly Meeting) in DC.
â¢ Community Safety Beyond the Police, 2 pm November 20.
Presenters: Lucy Duncan and Mary Zerkel
How to build non-violent communities? Violence has never been the way to bring new life, yet we structure our local budgets around supporting the police when those dollars could be used to uproot the seeds of war. Join us for this conversation with Lucy Duncan and Mary Zerkel to practice ways of talking about life by affirming community governance.
Lucy Duncan is the Director of Friends Relations for the American Friends Service Committee. She was instrumental in adapting Quaker Social Change Ministry as a tool to reclaim Spirit-guided social change work focused on supporting those most affected by injustice and was Principal co-facilitator of Radical Acting in Faith for Whites.
She is a member of Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and is the proud mother of a 19 year old son.
Mary Zerkel is the coordinator of AFSC’s Communities Against Islamophobia initiative, director of Chicago Peacebuilding, and has worked at AFSC for over 20 years.
Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the artistic collective Lucky Pierre, which works on political and social issues in various forms. She is also the co-founder of PO Box, an intergenerational creative collective, social practice and self-help center in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
â¢ Cultivate Change, 2 p.m. on December 4.
Presenter: Yolanda Owens
How can faith – and a mustard seed – change the world? The goal of agriculture has always been to provide enough food to those who need it and eventually to build up a surplus that can be used in the next lean years. Yolanda Owens offers a vision for the future.
Yolanda Owens is a food systems consultant and considers herself a local Buckeye. Yolanda is very active in her community serving on boards related to food work and is the first woman of color to serve as board chair of the Alumni Society of the College of Food, Agriculture and Food Sciences. environment of Ohio State University.
Learn more about Yolanda and her work on her website: https://forageandblack.com