Annette (Nettie) Smith, a member of Minneapolis Friends Meeting and a north side resident and community activist, has been selected to attend a once-in-a-generation gathering of Quakers from April 17 to 25 in Kenya. “I feel so blessed to be going to be in the presence of 1000 Quakers from 75 countries who are committed to healing our world and making it a better place,” said Smith. Minneapolis Friends Meeting in southwest Minneapolis, has a 150-year history of supporting the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, integrity and simplicity. The residents of Willard Homewood (Nettie's home since 1995) have been creating their neighborhood as a “village,” a place where neighbors are connected and empowered by that connection. At the conference in Kenya, Smith will lead an interest group “Village to Village” sharing stories and information on creating strong grassroots communities. She will bring a DVD depicting scenes and voices of the children of north Minneapolis to share with Friends.
The largest worldwide conference of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1967, this conference will provide a forum where Quakers can come together across theologies and cultures in discernment about how Quakers today are being called to witness to their Quaker faith in the world. The official theme of the conference is Being Salt and Light - Friends living the Kingdom of God in a Broken World. One thousand Friends will gather on the campus of Kabarak University, near Nakuru, Kenya. They will come from many parts of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and North America.