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AFM Statement Concerning SBI Report On Death of Jerry Williams
On July 2, 2016, Jai Lateef “Jerry” Williams was fatally shot by Asheville Police officer Tyler Radford. On October 28, the NC State Bureau of Investigation released to District Attorney Todd Williams the report of its investigation into the shooting.
Our hearts are cracked open by the excessive use of force by police in our nation and in our own community, against people of color, especially young black men, and Jerry Williams in particular. We acknowledge that this long history of institutionalized violence has repeatedly broken the hearts and shattered the lives of people in our community. We recognize that our silence makes us complicit. If we fail to speak now, our silence will be deafening. Therefore, we are called to take the following actions:
We join with the family and other members of the Asheville community who still grieve for his untimely death, and are frustrated by the lack of clarity as to the events leading up to the fatal shooting.
We call upon the Asheville Police Department to cease and desist from harassing and intimidating the family of Jerry Williams and other members of his community.
We call upon the District Attorney to release the SBI report to the family, along with any and all evidence gathered by or presented to the Asheville Police and the District Attorney’s office, including the names of all persons who were interviewed as possible eyewitnesses to the shooting.
We stand united with the family of Jerry Williams if they choose to call for an independent investigation.
We seek nothing more nor less than full disclosure of the facts of the matter, and the swiftest and most certain resolution possible, for the sake of his family, his loved ones, and our Asheville community.
- Asheville Friends’ Peace and Earth Committee arranged for an energy audit of our Meetinghouse through Interfaith Power and Light, of which we are a member. Eric Soderberg, an “energy engineer” with IPL, explains that Energy Use Index is the amount of total energy (electricity plus natural gas) used per square foot of area per year. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the building is. He says our Meeting is doing very well, at 34.8 kBtu/sq ft/yr, with the average value for churches in the south Atlantic region at 39.6 kBtu/sq ft/yr.
You can view the report by clicking this link:
What Is “White Supremacy?”
- Our Meeting’s newly formed Racial Justice Committee encourages Friends to more fully acquaint themselves with the meaning of the term “White Supremacy” in preparation for our threshing session this coming Sunday. To that end, Friends are offered the following readings:
- In response to the Minute on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Steve L has been led to obtain products made in the West Bank and marketed by a women’s cooperative in northern Israel. These products include award-winning organic olive oil, traditional Za’atar spice mixture, and handmade olive oil soaps. Purchasing these products helps empower women and promote peace and reconciliation between Jews and Palestinians, and provides income to Palestinian entrepreneurs.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please email Steve
Asheville Friends Public Statements
- Almost all of the worship and discernment of meetings for worship with attention to business concern the spiritual and temporal life of the meeting community only, but every once in a great while, the Meeting is moved to broadcast its discovered truth to a wider audience, or as the Friendly expression goes, “speak truth to power.” Friends refer to such statements of discovered truth as “minutes”. Our Meeting has been led to publish the following “minutes”:
Statement on the 9/11 Attacks
Statement concerning war against Iraq
Statements on sexual identity and sexual orientation
Statement in support of religious freedom for Muslims in America
Minute Of Concern and Action Regarding Police Violence Against People Of Color
Meeting for Worship
- Every First Day (Sunday)
- 9:30 a.m. Singing
- (no later than) 9:55 a.m. Transition to silent worship
- 10:00 a.m. Silent worship
- 10:15 a.m. First Day School for children
- 11:00 a.m. Sharing of joys & sorrows
- 11:15 a.m. First Day School ends
- 11:30 a.m. Fellowship
We sing many traditional hymns (with some wording adjustments for inclusiveness and universality) as well as contemporary. All a cappella of course! We use the well-known green hardcover Quaker Hymnal, as well as “Rise Up Singing” and our own little booklet of favorite hymns.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Our Business
There is a saying among Friends that we did not abolish the clergy, we abolished the laity. Join us after rise of Meeting for Worship to experience the aspect of Quaker practice that most sets us apart from other religious faiths, as we seek to discern Divine leadings in our work and discover Divine truth for our community.
- Each Second First Day (Sunday) of the month
- Supervised play for children
- Begins at 12 noon
- Ends by 2 p.m.
- Each Fourth First Day (Sunday) of the month
- Begins after rise of Meeting
- “Loaves, fishes, and fellowship” – everyone welcome!
- Healthful, homemade dishes encouraged
- Be mindful of dietary restrictions and list ingredients of your offerings
- Ends when cleanup is completed
Adult Spiritual Enrichment
- First, third, and fifth First Day (Sunday) of the month
- Begins at 12 noon
- Supervised play for children
- Ends by 2 p.m.
Care & Nurture
- Looks after Friends with special needs
The Asheville Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed meeting.
Unprogrammed worship is the more traditional style of worship among Friends and remains the norm in Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and parts of the United States and Canada. During an unprogrammed meeting for worship, Friends gather together in “expectant waiting” for divine leadings. Sometimes a meeting is entirely silent, sometimes quite a few people speak. Meeting for Worship generally lasts about an hour.
A member will rise and share a message (give “ministry”) with the gathered meeting when they feel they are led by the spirit. Typically, messages, testimonies, ministry, or other speech are unprepared, and members are expected by the community to discern the source of their inspiration—whether divine or self.
Unprogrammed worship is generally deemed to start as soon as the first participant is seated, the others entering the room in silence. The Meeting for Worship ends when one person (usually predetermined) shakes the hand of his or her neighbor. All the members of the assembly then shake hands with their neighbors, after which one member usually rises and extends greetings and makes announcements. Many meetings serve coffee or tea after meeting, which gives everyone an opportunity to catch up with friends and chat with visitors.
A Visitor Reflects On Her Experience At AFM
Midweek Meeting for Worship
Our Midweek Meeting is currently on hiatus.