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.
After Joe Rockey of Lake Forest Friends Meeting felt a leading to serve as a greeter at Meeting for Worship, he decided to participate in the Welcoming Friend Project, which introduced him to new concepts and strategies that helped him become a more welcoming Friend to new visitors.
Within FGC, a lot has changed institutionally, but a lot needs to be done to become a truly welcoming and inclusive association of Quaker meetings and churches. The feedback we’ve received so far, from Friends who engage with us in-person and online, indicates that our work toward becoming an anti-racist faith community is resonating and needs to keep moving forward.
One hundred youth participated in FGC’s Junior Gathering and High School Program in Grinnell this summer. Read about the fun, community-building activities they enjoyed in this update from our Gathering Youth Coordinator, Marian Dalke.
To encourage submissions from Friends and Quaker meetings, and to further our commitment to transparency, FGC is publishing the themes and release dates of its Vital Friends eNewsletter on our website for Fiscal Year 2020, which spans from October 2019 to September 2020.
What's new and what opportunities are coming soon for friends in the FGC community? Find out in our updates for September 2019!
Discover tools for nurturing the spiritual foundation of children's lives and resources to guide their journey as they grow. Featuring Faith & Play Stories, resources by religious educator Melinda Wenner Bradley, Sparkling Still, and more!
For many people, the phrase "white supremacy" conjures up thoughts of men in white hoods burning crosses and hate groups taking to the streets and social media to proclaim messages of racial prejudice and violence. But the phrase doesn't only refer to a group of people obsessed with promoting a hateful worldview - it identifies a way of thinking that has an impact on society at the systemic and cultural level.
As the season for Friends to gather across the U.S. and Canada for annual sessions comes to an end for this year, we encourage Friends to read the highlights and epistles of FGC's affiliated Yearly Meetings.
Friends General Conference will present its annual FGC Gathering of Friends from June 30th to July 6th at the Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. We'll be adding important updates and information to this page throughout the week, so check back often!
Want to share your Gathering experience on social media, or see updates from F/friends during the week? Add the hashtag #FGCGathering2019 in your postings!
During this year's FGC Gathering in Grinnell, IA (June 30th to July 6th), the Institutional Assessment Working Group and the Ministry on Racism are offering a series of opportunities for Friends to think, learn, and share about the spiritual leading to address issues of systemic racism and white supremacy in our beloved faith community.