This group meets via Zoom.
The meetings will be an opportunity to explore experiences of being neurodivergent in a Quaker context. We invite you to bring your knitting, crochet, fiddle gadgets, pets etc and to be entirely yourselves.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link if you are not already on our contact list.
Forthcoming meetings of the Neurodivergent Quakers group will be held on
Monday, 26th February at 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 30th March at 10.00 a.m.
Tuesday,16th April at 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 25th May at 10.00 a.m.
Monday,17th June at 7.00 p.m.
These three individual sessions to be led by Esther Loukin build on her Swarthmore lecture from last year and invite us to work on our ‘creative loving imagination’ to find where each of us can improve welcome and belonging for disabled people.
All sessions are pay as led.
Welcome, Belonging and Disability: a space for disabled Friends
Monday 19 February, 18:30-20:30 (UK time)
This is the first session in the series and is for disabled friends only – no gatekeeping here, if you aren’t sure if you count, you’re absolutely welcome. We will be engaging with the times we stay silent about our accessibility needs, for other people’s benefit. How does this feel? Is speaking up sometimes part of our witness? How might we support each other with this? We will also be dreaming of heavenly welcome and celebrating radical inclusion where we find it.
Welcome, Belonging and Disability: listening to disabled Friends
Monday 11 March, 18:30-20:30 (UK time)
The session will be aimed at those of us who create welcome and/or belonging for others. Some disabled Friends will share their accounts of being included and not. We will explore discomfort and friction from difficulties with access and how hard it can be to understand our own roles in exclusion. We’ll practice pattern spotting the two patterns Esther referred to in her Swarthmore lecture; “you are the problem” and “I am actually excellent”.
This session is for everyone, but disabled Friends (who aren’t the ones sharing) may choose to stay away from this session; we will not be the focus and it may be painful to listen to.
Welcome, Belonging and Disability: coming together as Friends
Tuesday 23 April, 18:30-20:30 (UK time)
This is the third session and is for all of us: disabled and non-disabled Friends. Together, we will consider how to deepen our practices of ‘messy imperfect access’. We hope that these sessions will enable disabled and non-disabled Friends to be less burdened, more joyful, and more adventurous in imagining, and creating, a future where everyone belongs and is welcome.
QDEG member Esther Loukin (nee Leighton) gave the 2023 Swarthmore Lecture as part of Yearly Meeting. She focused on how we can bring about change in broader society. (Link opens in a new window.) More information and a recording of the lecture can be found via this link.
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