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.
Yesterday, the United States and the world witnessed an act of insurrection at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Friends General Conference condemns this violence and the attacks on the electoral process, prays for the safety of everyone involved, and calls for nonviolence and de-escalation as the situation continues to unfold.
Here's what we affirm as Friends.
The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way Quakers connect and worship. The pandemic also revealed opportunities for our meetings and churches to consider as we move toward a post-COVID world. Here are four questions to reflect on as a community when the pandemic is over and we can gather for worship and events in-person again.
In this month's update, we're sharing a new poem, Raising a Voice by Deveena D. Reed, plus Part II of Carolyn Lejuste and David Etheridge's three-part series on fostering anti-racist Quaker meetings.
On December 12, 2020, 25 youth and 13 adults joined together in virtual space for The Quake that Rocked the Continent.
Friends ages 11 and up participated from 20 states and provinces across the United States and Canada, from the original lands of the Potawatami, Wampanoag, Cherokee, Anishinabewaki, Odawa, Mississauga, Fox, Sauk, Ho chunk, Kizh, Chumash/Tongva, Tsalaguwetiyi, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Raymatush, Massachusett, Ohlone, Haudenosaunee, Lenni Lenape, Menominee, Patwin, and Amah Mutsun peoples.
"I have come to appreciate how Friends Couple Enrichment (FCE), with its grounding in Quaker testimonies of equality, integrity, and deep listening, is important not just to couples, but to the wider Quaker community."
Connect with Friends and go deeper in your spiritual experience with these upcoming virtual events in January, presented by Friends Couple Enrichment, New York Yearly Meeting, Pendle Hill, and more. You're also invited to FGC's ongoing worship opportunities.
FGC's (currently virtual) office will be closed between December 24th, 2020 and January 3rd, 2021. Our virtual worship and worship-sharing opportunities will go on as planned, and we welcome your donations through our secure online giving form.
Each month, FGC distributes digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and its programs. Here is the introductory text and links to the Vital Friends and Book Musings eNewsletters, as well as the Gathering update we shared in November and December 2020.
It may be getting colder outside, but we're hard at work inside the virtual office nurturing the spiritual lives of Friends!
If your Quaker meeting, church, organization, or cause-based community offers weekly Meeting for Worship online, virtual events and retreats, or ongoing web-based courses and trainings, here's how you can get the word out through Friends General Conference.