Friend in Residence Paula Palmer

Friday, November 8, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
LUT LUT 232 Quaker & Special Collections/DS classroom
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Crauderueff, Mary
Rare Books and Manuscripts

"Where the Truth Leads: A Journey of Listening." 


Paula Palmer's journey weaves together family histories, spiritual leadings, lessons and challenges from Native peoples and communities of color, and the responsibilities of learning and speaking truth -- even to Quakers. 


Paula's ministry, Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, is a program of Friends Peace Teams.  In collaboration with Native educators, Paula created and facilitates workshops that inspire and motivate communities to examine their wounded relationships with Native peoples and take steps toward healing. As the 2016 Pendle Hill Cadbury Scholar, she conducted research and produced articles and videos about the role Quakers played during the era of the Indian Boarding Schools. 

For 17 years, as executive director of the non-profit organization, Global Response, Paula directed over 70 international campaigns to help Indigenous peoples and local communities defend their rights and prevent environmental destruction. 

In Costa Rica, where she lived for 20 years, she published five books of oral history in collaboration with Afro-Caribbean and Bribri Indigenous peoples, through a community empowerment process known as Participatory Action Research. With Monteverde Friends, she helped establish the Friends Peace Center in San Jose and began worshiping among Friends there. She has been a member of Boulder meeting, Intermountain Yearly Meeting, for 25 years.

Paula is a recipient of the Elise Boulding Peacemaker of the Year Award (given by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center), the Jack Gore Memorial Peace Award (given by the American Friends Service Committee), the International Human Rights Award (given by the United Nations Association of Boulder County), and the Multicultural Award in the “Partners” category (given by Boulder County Community Action Programs).  


This event is free and open to the public. 

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