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Spirit In Action
Each week, Spirit In Action brings you stories of people living lives of fruitful service, of peace, community, compassion, creative action and progressive efforts. We'll trace the spiritual roots that support and nourish them in their service. Above all, we'll seek out Light, Love and Helping Hands, being shared between our many neighbors on this planet, hoping to inspire and encourage you to sink deep roots and produce sacred fruit in your own life.

Spirit In Action is an hour of interviews with those providing leadership in peace, justice and "good works", interspersed with relevant music.

The theme music is "The Turning of the World" performed by Sara Thomsen (written by Ruth Pellham) and "I Have No Hands But Yours" by Carol Johnson


Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship - Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye (8/2/2009)


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A visit with Donna McDaniel & Vanessa Julye, co-authors of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice. Donna & Vanessa did in-depth work to uncover truth and debunk the myths, showing that for all the good that Quakers did opposing slavery, they were very susceptible to continuing racism in their actions and relationships. The goal? Peel back the layers so we can cure the ills and help the world to wholeness.  
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Baptist, Quaker

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Her Ministry about healing the world
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How they got together to write this book.
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How everybody is of african descent and has a mix of ancestries.
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How close the racism of recent times cuts everybody
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The responses to the book
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The scope of the project and how it grew.
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Describing the workshops they do presentations for.

Comments

Ann Francis
4/15/2011
22:13
Spirit In Action -Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship - Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye
Very helpful to know more about this work. The interview prompts me to read Fit for Freedom and to learn more.
Miriam Yagud
11/16/2009
13:48
Spirit In Action -Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship - Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye
I am an English Friend based in the UK. I am reading this book at the moment. Its great that Donna and Vanessa have done all the work to get this VERY important book out there. I have always been suspicious of the holier than thou attitude that crops up again and again among Friends. Recently I suggested we get a copy of this book for our Quaker meeting library but was told it was not an appropriate book as it was about American Friends. I reminded people that most early Friends who went to the US were English! It is our history too. Having attended Meetings in the US, I have found little difference in attitudes among white Friends regarding reasons why Black people are not among us or are so few. The same goes for working class people. The patterns described are the same or very similar as described in the book. This work will serve the cause of anti racist Friends in the UK as much as in the US. It is a very very important myth buster...Your interview was very good. Thankyou for your inspiration. I will definately stay tuned from afar
Donna McDaniel
8/8/2009
22:42
Spirit In Action -Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship - Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye
Of course, I think it's "best" because I'm one of those interviewed. I do want to thank Mark for asking great questions and, best of all, leaving time enough to answer them without having to talk as fast as possible! To have such time is a gift and it produced a very fair and full program about our work. Thank you, Mark, and those who spend the time listening.