Fellowship of Friends of African Descent

Fellowship News

September 2017

Message from the Clerk

Amani Upendo na Nguvu (Peace, Love, and Power)

Tonight I was searching YouTube for videos I could use at for next month’s celebration of the 100th birthday of Fannie Lou Hamer, when I came across a Fannie Lou Hamer sermon. I pushed play and here was the voice of Fannie Lou Hamer proclaiming...

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]

Well, I almost started shouting! Of course hearing that scripture, reminded me of what an amazing time we had this summer at our Gathering.  What a blessing to have had the opportunity to be inspired by the ministry of Sis. Regina Renee Ward, uplifted by the dedication of the Ujima Friends Peace Center, motivated by the panel on black Quaker activism, and touched by the report of our Friends who sojourned to Ghana. We were truly enriched by our time together.

Luke 12:48 reminds us of something our ancestors taught us, that to whom much is given much is required. We were given so much at our Gathering.  Let us now seek the Spirit’s guidance about what such a blessing requires of us. Let us allow the Most High to lift us up into the great work that is talked about in the Isaiah 61. We know that the Spirit of the Lord is upon us because we have been given righteous work to do.   Let us move forward with the work that the Divine has given us and that Her love empowers us to do. Let us not hesitate to challenge ourselves individually or collectively. As we move into this year, let us ask ourselves:

How can I (we) support our brothers and sisters at Hill House to repair their meeting house?
How can I (we) support the FOFAD’s ministry at the Ujima Friends Peace Center?
What can I (we) do to further other aspects of the work that is articulated in our minute regarding State Sanctioned Violence?
How can I (we) more authentically root our activism in our Quaker faith?
How can I (we) manifest our Quaker faith more profoundly and consistently in activism in our communities locally and globally?
How can I (we) support the work of our brothers and sisters who are addressing institutional and structural racism within the Religious Society of Friends?

What a tremendous privilege it is to be a part of this ministry, this movement, this moment in Quaker history, as we stand together in the Spirit of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) and Ujima (Collective Work) to be used by God to make a difference in our communities and in the Religious Society of Friends. We are blessed. Let’s spread the blessings we received last month by continuing this sacred work throughout the year.       

Sisi ni moja siku zote!  (We are one always!)   

~Ayesha Imani