[saymaListserv] Weekend Workshop with Vanessa Julye
Evdavwes at aol.com
Evdavwes at aol.com
Sat Oct 18 09:52:25 JEST 2003
To Friends in Asheville and surrounding areas,
You are invited to join Asheville Friends Meeting for
A Weekend with Vanessa Julye.
October 31, 6-9 pm and November 1, 9-5, at Asheville Friends Meeting House,
227 Edgewood Road in Asheville.
Vanessa is a Quaker minister from Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. She
has a special interest in the experiences of people of color within Friends.
I have attached at the end of this email information from her web site, <A HREF="vanessajulye.quaker.org">
vanessajulye.quaker.org</A>. Vanessa will be traveling with her husband Barry Scott as
The fee for the workshop is $30. There are unlimited scholarship funds for
Friends from any Meeting to participate by paying what they choose. We will
collect the fee at the workshop-- no need to pay in advance.
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
October 31 6 pm potluck dinner, followed by introductory session until about
November 1, 9-5, with lunch break probably 12-2. Brownbag lunch (bring your
own). Participants will be asked to bring some snacks to share with others.
We will be in touch in the week before the workshop to confirm your
registration and let you know what to bring. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Please notify David Clements if you are interested in attending. Call
828-280-4431 or send an email to evdavwes at aol.com. Because of the size of the
Meeting House, we have to limit participants to 30. We have about 20 as of this
writing. We may be able to arrange housing for those from out of town.
Childcare will be offered if requested by October 24.
David Clements, for the organizing committee:
Joan MacKenzie, Ursula Scott, Evan Richardson, Margaret Farmer, Mark Cobb,
All About the Ministry of Vanessa Julye
Vanessa's journey has been to listen to members of the Religious Society of
Friends, especially people of Color (past and present.) She shares the
experiences of people of Color with The Society of Friends to help Quakerism become a
whole blessed community. A large part of her ministry is to hear that
people of Color often do not feel welcomed and included in the Religious Society of
Friends. Vanessa's ministry involves a combination of visiting, writing,
speaking, and traveling to provide witness and education. She also provides
leadership on a number of committees and concern groups in the wider Quaker
community that have grown out of her ministry. Vanessa responds to requests for
visits from Friends schools, organizations, yearly, quarterly and monthly
meetings. This ministry is well-rooted in the Quaker Testimony of Equality and is a
concern that needs lifting up in the Religious Society of Friends at this time.
The ministry has been tested over a period of eight years, and has gradually
grown, not only as a result of Vanessa's inward leading, but as a response to
her outward practice of visitations and other work. All indications are that
there is a readiness for her ministry, an opening that seems of the Divine.
Called to do this work in 1994, one of the ways Vanessa started answering
this call was by serving as the convener of a worship group for people of color
at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting 1996. She continues this work in the
present, also providing pastoral care for individuals of color. She clerked the
Fellowship of Friends of African Descent from 1996 to 2002. In June 2000, she
received a minute for religious service from her meeting, Central
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM). This minute has since been endorsed by Philadelphia
Yearly Meeting's Interim Meeting.
Vanessa has given numerous workshops and written several articles about her
experience as a Friend of Color in the Religious Society of Friends. These
have been published in The Canadian Friend, CPMM's newsletter, FGC Connections,
Friends Journal, Quaker Life and Westtown in Word and Deed. Vanessa and her
ministry were the focus of an article in the December 2000 issue of Essence
Magazine (a popular magazine for African American women).
She travels in the ministry to monthly meetings as a participant in Friends
General Conference's Traveling Ministry Program. Vanessa travels specifically
sharing her concern about racism within the Religious Society of Friends and
to nurture isolated Friends of Color. Nurturing Friends of Color includes
visits to meetings that have one or a few people of Color as members or attenders.
As a part of her ministry Vanessa is researching and co-writing a publication
about the historical and present day relationship of Friends and people of
African descent. This book will include biographies of specific Friends of
Color. Unacknowledged racism in the Religious Society of Friends is one of the
historical factors that make it difficult for African Americans to join and
remain in our society.
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