As Quaker meetings and churches throughout North America continue their discernment around holding worship online for the foreseeable future or offering in-person worship with social distancing measures in place (or even a combination of both), Friends may also be considering how to resume or proceed with religious education programming for children and youth. Alongside careful planning for safety, and the flexibility to shift our plans, we have an opportunity in this disrupted time to imagine something new that might reach more people and connect us as all-age spiritual communities.
We know that some of you are beginning the discernment process with members and attenders of your meeting to possibly reopening your Quaker Meeting house during the COVID-19 pandemic. To aid your discernment, FGC has compiled the following advices, queries and safety strategies to help guide your Quaker community's decision-making.
Th Spiritual Deepening eRetreat Program uses the Matrix online learning platform to organize all of the content, links, resources, and online conversations that make an eRetreat so engaging.
If you're looking for updates about FGC events and Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions, public health and safety information, guides about how to organize Meeting for Worship virtually, and resources for pastoral care and self-care, you'll find all that and more in this resource.
Even when we worship apart, together we are Friends!
FGC created this resource for Friends, Quaker newcomers, and spiritual seekers who want to worship online with Friends during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Part One released April 22nd, 2020, Part Two and Bonus Track released May 7th, 2020.
This book discussion will explore the challenges of living a joyful life through a discussion of The Book of Joy, by the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
What Canst Thou Say: Spiritual Inquiry Grounded in Worship Sharing
The Building a Meaningful and Connected Life eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of meaning-making, resiliency, renewal, and life transitions. Rather than focusing on death and dying, this eRetreat explores the spiritual gifts of aging across the lifespan.
Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many of you that the answer to that question is often no.