Friends of Color are a small population in the Religious Society of Friends in the North America and at the FGC Gathering. Experience indicates that the better we know each other, the better we can support each other throughout the year and at the Gathering.
FGC’s Ministry on Racism has been offering a robust calendar of virtual retreats and events for a few months now, and has planned this virtual pre-gathering retreat based on what we have learned from those experiences. We have found that they can be nurturing and community-building, allowing Friends of Color to feel connected and supported during this difficult time.
FGC's Committee for Nurturing Ministries Ministry on Racism Program is sponsoring a pre-Gathering retreat for Friends of Color and their immediate family members to come together to create a community as a resource for the Gathering and beyond. Friends of European descent are welcome provided they are attending with a family member (e.g. spouse, child) who is a Person of Color. This will be an intergenerational event. Children are welcome to join us.
During our time together over the weekend we will build our community through:
- Mutual support and sharing
- Sharing why Quaker faith and practice is important to us
- Identifying ways to support each other throughout the week of the Gathering
- Discussing how we can share our experience at the Gathering with our meetings
The retreat is held the weekend before the Gathering each year. This year it is June 25 - 27, 2021 and will be held online.
This year's virtual Gathering is Pay as Led. The cost of the pre-Gathering retreat is $5-$50, or you can write-in your own price.
Learn more about Pay as Led and Gathering fees.
Register for the pre-Gathering retreat when you register for the Gathering. You can add it on to any event package. Early registration is April 15 - 29, and standard registration opens May 6. Learn more about registration for the 2021 Gathering.
Are you planning on attending the retreat? Invite a friend to join you.
FGC Committee for Nurturing Ministries Ministry on Racism Program. If you have further questions, please contact Ministry on Racism staff.
For other general questions about the FGC Gathering itself, use the Gathering Contact Form.