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.
Special guest writer Sue Tannehill shares a story about how a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo worked with her Quaker community to create an English-to-Swahili translation of New York Yearly Meeting's Faith and Practice. This article originally appeared in FGC's Vital Friends eNewsletter.
FGC's Conference Coordinator Lori Sinitzky describes what it was like to transform the FGC Gathering, a beloved annual conference for Friends of all ages and backgrounds, from an in-person event to a virtual experience, and what we learned in the process.
Ruth Reber experienced the FGC Gathering for the first time when she was three years old. Her fond memories of summers with Friends, and her passion for creating opportunities for Quakers of all ages to connect and nurture their shared spiritual journeys together, are what made her a great Conference Coordinator for the Gathering. On the occasion of her retirement, we’d like to extend our profound gratitude and reflect on Ruth’s dedication to the Quaker community.
FGC is pleased to announce that for a limited time, Friends can watch Valarie Kaur's inspiring presentation from the 2020 FGC Virtual Gathering!
The importance of this Gathering for Friends of Color worshipping in community together cannot be overstated. To our Friends in the wider Quaker world, we the Friends of Color, can’t breathe. During this weekend, we enjoyed the rare opportunity of not being othered In Quaker space. We experienced the joy of being seen as we are and the affirmation of a supportive spirit among ourselves in the “Amen corner”. The term “Amen corner” comes from the Black church and is a communal space that validates, affirms and uplifts the spirit. In isolation, due to COVID19, we are being kept apart and away from those we love, trust and need. The pre-gathering retreat brought back the source of community and family that has been missing.
The 2020 FGC Virtual Gathering begins today, and we're inviting participants to update their profile pictures and share their selfies with us!
Many Friends, wishing to see that of God affirmed in all people, have already committed themselves to dismantling systemic racism within the Religious Society of Friends and beyond. If you have not done so, we prayerfully ask that you join us in the urgent commitment.
For the 2020 Virtual Gathering, fees will be Pay as Led. Pay as Led means that you will be discerning what amount you are led to pay to attend the Virtual Gathering. Pay as Led is a way of acknowledging that wealth is not distributed evenly among Quakers. Since we’re not having an in-person Gathering this year, the online Gathering seems like a unique opportunity to experiment with letting Friends determine their own price.
As more towns and municipalities began gradually reopening local businesses and resuming services to the public, many Friends meetings are beginning to consider the possibility of reopening and holding in-person Meeting for Worship. To guide Friends' discernment, FGC has created Advices & Queries for Possibly Reopening Your Meeting House or Church.
Each month, FGC distributes digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC, QuakerBooks, and the FGC Gathering. Below is the introductory text and links to our May 2020 newsletters for friends.
Featured: Vital Friends, Book Musings, and updates about the FGC Gathering