“George Fox, the Valiant Sixty… Whoever your favorite Quaker hero is, [they] did not do this work so it could die along bloodlines,” Rashid Darden told us recently. “It’s supposed to continue. The revelation is supposed to continue through bodies, through living people who can then tell others.”
“The surprising thing about my journey in the Quaker faith,” Rashid adds, “is that despite it being a predominantly White faith community, I’m still able to show up as my entire self and not be penalized for it or punished for it—and, in fact, to be celebrated.”
As the associate secretary for communications and outreach at Friends General Conference (FGC), Rashid has a lot to say about how Quakers can offer similarly liberating spaces in their communities.
Portions of this interview were also featured in an episode of the Quakers Today podcast.