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.
Did you know that each year, the entire month of February is devoted to libraries and the people who love them? There is so much to adore when it comes libraries, especially within the Quaker community. Libraries are a vital resource both in our meeting spaces and online, as they help new and existing Friends as well as spiritual seekers deepen their experiences of Quaker spirituality. If you're looking for ways to celebrate the library experience as a Quaker, here are some ideas!
Explore upcoming events with the Ministry on Racism Program at FGC, and discover resources for language justice and access!
Our High School and Junior Gathering Committees spent much of the summer reflecting on 2020 Virtual Gathering and taking note of areas to grow this year. In the fall we began offering year-round youth programs as a way to stay in touch with FGC youth and create opportunities for community and fellowship throughout the pandemic.
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.