Welcoming Friends support the meeting community in warmly and effectively engaging newcomers. For many newcomers, obtaining a working understanding of Quaker faith and practice requires immersion in a community that is spiritually grounded, open, and inviting.
Welcoming Friends are aware of and sensitive to issues of bias, racism, and other divisions that can be barriers to full participation in our meetings and our society.
Welcoming Friends serve as a gateway for newcomers into a Quaker community, offering spiritual hospitality, helping build relationships, and attending to the varying needs of newcomers.
Welcoming Friends help newcomers learn how to encounter and go deeper into Quaker practice and faith and serve as a person of whom a newcomer might ask questions and from whom they might seek spiritual nurture.
FGC's (non-Quaker) Communications Manager shares her tips on attending the Gathering as a "friends of Friends." "The Gathering is much more than 'Quaker summer camp.' It's a week of Quaker worship, workshops, and community for all ages...and attenders of all backgrounds. That's right - you don't have to be a Quaker to enjoy the FGC Gathering!"
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Monday, July 4th: Rex Ambler
Meeting mentors received training to help them "walk alongside" a meeting over an extended period as it works on its challenges and opportunities. It is a process that includes prayer, worship, on-going dialogue, questioning, research, learning and reflection.
The Friends listed here have traveled across the United States and Canada helping meetings through programs designed to assist meetings in becoming welcoming, deep, and warm.
The Friends listed here have been part of the Traveling Ministries Program which connected Friends with the gifts of Ministry to Quaker meetings requesting spiritual support.
For many years Friends General Conference provided The Directory for Traveling Friends for the United States and Canada, a list information about people who were open to hosting traveling Friends in their homes. The last revised and updated edition was published in September 2013. The Directory is no longer being published and there are no plans to reinstitute it.