2020 has been quite the year for QuakerSpeak! Throughout this year’s quarantine we posted 34 videos and reached over 3.4 million views on YouTube. This week, we’re looking back at 2020 and counting down the top five videos of the year.
Olivia’s application of Liberation Theology to modern day Quaker testimonies resonated with viewers, especially in the early months of sheltering in place from COVID-19. The economic crisis that cascaded as the pandemic spread across the United States, she explains, “offers us an opportunity to see how messed up things are but also how simple it could be to give everybody everything they need.”
“Those of us who have benefitted from White supremacist, heterosexist, patriarchy need to call that out and name it,” Tom Hoopes says, “and do something about dismantling that—not in the future and not only through our electoral choices, but in the here and now.” Tom was one of several Friends who spoke with us for this video about White privilege, a conversation which spurred intense responses from viewers grappling with the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
“Everybody has that of God in them,” says physician Penny Thron-Webber, “therefore everybody needs to have an equal access to the gifts and opportunities that the world has to offer”—including healthcare. Penny’s reflections on how her Quaker faith has shaped her medical practice stuck a chord with our audience in the early months of the pandemic.
“It’s definitely one of our Quaker faults that we take ourselves too seriously,” Mosi Harrington shares, “and it gets in the way sometimes of us doing good work.” In this video, Mosi shares the importance of humor and lightheartedness in her spiritual practice.
“Most Quakers do not dress the way I do,” Mackenzie Morgan admits. “Nowadays, most Quakers dress pretty much like everyone else.” In our top video of 2020, we asked Mackenzie and three other Friends about the spiritual choices that led them to embrace the once-widespread tradition of plain dress.
We hope you have a happy and safe winter and we’ll see you again in March!
The QuakerSpeak Team
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