Friends General Conference

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FGC Newsletters: December 2019

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By Marta Rusek, Communications Manager | 12/13/19


Each month, FGC distributes two monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and QuakerBooks - Vital Friends and Book Musings. Between the months of November and June, the FGC Gathering team also shares monthly updates about our annual event. Below is the introductory text and links to our December 2019 newsletters for friends.



Vital Friends

Dear Friend,

There's a great deal of excitement here in the FGC office around the 2020 FGC Gathering. Our Gathering staff members, the 2020 co-clerks, and the many volunteer committee members who make it possible have been busy confirming evening plenary presenters, considering workshop proposals, and visiting Radford University to confirm all the spaces needed for our spiritually-grounding week together next summer.

We didn't want to keep the excitement to ourselves, so for our final issue of the decade (!), 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!

As we approach the holidays and the beginning of a new decade, we wish you and your loved ones peace and joy during your celebrations together, and blessings for the year ahead.

In the Light,

Communications Staff at FGC

In this issue:

  • A Sneak Peek at the 2020 FGC Gathering
  • Job Opportunity: Conference Coordinator
  • Central Committee 2019 Update
  • On Vocal Ministry - A New Pendle Hill Pamphlet by J. Brent Bill and Barry Crossno
  • QuakerBooks: Holiday Gifts for Children
  • FGC's Anti-Racism Ministry: December 2019 Update
  • A Message from Faith Josephs

Read the December 2019 Vital Friends eNewsletter.

Book Musings

Dear Friend,

QuakerBooks offers a rich selection of literature to carry Friends through the winter months. This Christmas, give yourself or someone you love the gift of spiritual exploration and growth.

Wishing you Peace and Love,

Audrey Greenhall,

Manager for QuakerBooks

[email protected]

In This Issue:

  • Meeting for Reading - Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love
  • New and Noteworthy - On Vocal Ministry; The Kendal Sparrow
  • Friends Journal Picks for December 2019
  • Holiday Gifts for Children
  • Pop-Up Bookstore - Last one of 2019!

Read the December 2019 Book Musings eNewsletter.

FGC Gathering Update

Dear Friend,

Workshop, Workshops, Workshops

What calls to you this year?  Where are you led?

There is a wonderful array of *49* workshops available to choose from at next summer's FGC Gathering "Way Will Open" at Radford University in Radford, VA from June 28 - July 4, 2020.

Take a look and see! Several topics are highlighted here, but there are many more workshops listed on the website.

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2020 Gathering!

Ruth Reber

Conference Coordinator

Read the December 2019 FGC Gathering Update

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