Here you will find news items of interest about FGC. We will also feature news items from other Quaker Organizations in the United States and Canada at their request.
Valentine's Day is upon us, and you know what that means - time to send a Quaker Valentine to all the special Friends in your life! This year's batch of #QuakerValentines feature foxes, a reference to George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends.
Over the last several weeks, Australian Friends have received many expressions of concern from Friends around the world, in response to the recent bushfires and the devastation they have caused (are continue to cause). Presiding Clerk Ann Zubrick has sent this letter on behalf of Australian Friends to Friends everywhere, in response to these messages.
Gathering Profiles is a series about Friends we’ve met at the FGC Gathering. The Gathering team will publish a new profile each month as we get closer to FGC Gathering 2020.
In the special January/February 2020 double issue of Vital Friends, we examine how Quaker spirituality nurtures activism. We also have news about workshops at the 2020 Gathering, an anti-racism update about intersectionality, and more opportunities for faith & fellowship in 2020!
Intersectionality is a framework for conceptualizing people’s overlapping identities and experiences in order to understand the complexity of the prejudices they face. This theoretical framework, originally coined as a legal term by law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, hoped to make space in our courts for discrimination against Black women to be recognized when it could not fit neatly into sexist discrimination or racist discrimination.
FGC’s Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee is approaching our work with a commitment to pay attention to the implication of intersectionality.
In the December 2019 issue of Vital Friends, we're sharing a special preview of the 2020 FGC Gathering with you, plus an update from the October Central Committee sessions, holiday gifts for children from QuakerBooks, a reflection from Regina Renee Ward about how her understanding of Quaker community has been shaped by the Gathering, an interview with Barry Crossno and J. Brent Bill about their new pamphlet about vocal ministry, and more!
This month's issue of Book Musings features a rich selection of literature to carry Friends through the winter months, with titles from J. Brent Bill, Barbara Luetke, and Friends Journal's reviewed books for the month.
The FGC Gathering Update for December highlights the workshops that are happening at the 2020 Gathering.
Faith in our Future: Aurelio Anderson