Everyone is Welcome
Atlanta Friends Meeting is mindful of the fundamental Quaker testimonies of equality and integrity.
What draws individuals to the Quaker experience does so without regard to color, ethnicity or sexual
Racism has been a concern of Atlanta Friends Meeting since the 1940s
when the early group of Atlanta Friends found a place to hold
integrated meetings in a segregated city. During the 50s and 60s,
Atlanta Friends were active in working to end segregation. The civil
rights era was followed by a period in which the Meeting as a whole was
not active on the issue of racism except in supporting external
projects. In the 1980s, workshops focusing on personal racism were
held. In the 1990s, committed individuals in the Meeting formed a group
named ORAIIARH (Our Role as Individuals in America's Racial History)
and led business meeting to ask, on a continuing basis, all committees
and groups in the Meeting to prayerfully reflect on whether their
activities contribute toward becoming more welcoming to all, and if
not, what changes are needed. Since then the Meeting has also established a
Committee on Undoing Racism in Atlanta Friends Meeting. We recognize
the pervasive effects of racism and white privilege on our lives,
communities, and society, and the need for whites as individuals to
take an active role in ending racism.
In more recent years the Atlanta Friends Meeting has also become
more sensitive to the concerns of ending discrimination against, and
defending the civil rights of, persons identifying with lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgendered and queer communities, and we have established
a support organization to help address LGBTQ issues.
We are committed to having Atlanta
Friends Meeting be a safe and welcoming spiritual home for all.
Our Role As Individuals in America's Racial History (ORAIIARH) meets every second Wednesday,
7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Meetinghouse. It serves as a support group for anyone with leadings to act against racism and especially for whites making personal changes to end complicity with racism. Contact: Bert Skellie.
Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC)
is a support organization within the Atlanta Friends Meeting for the
queer community and our allies. We are deeply appreciative of the
support that we have continued to find in this Meeting.
Another visible sign of this support is the small pink triangles or
rainbows (both symbols of LGBTQ identity) that many members and
attenders have chosen to wear on their name tags each Sunday.
Committee on Undoing Racism in Atlanta Friends Meeting
meets every 4th Sunday after meeting and for ½ day workday
quarterly. It staffs a "Listening Ear" for concerns about racism twice
a month and develops
learning opportunities such as forums. Contact: Susan Firestone
Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
is a national Quaker group to nurture and respond to concerns of
Friends of African Descent within the Religious Society of Friends.
-- For more information, please see Equality Testimony