Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

News

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.

Many Friends, wishing to see that of God affirmed in all people, have already committed themselves to dismantling systemic racism within the Religious Society of Friends and beyond. If you have not done so, we prayerfully ask that you join us in the urgent commitment.

| June 3rd 2020

For the 2020 Virtual Gathering, fees will be Pay as Led. Pay as Led means that you will be discerning what amount you are led to pay to attend the Virtual Gathering. Pay as Led is a way of acknowledging that wealth is not distributed evenly among Quakers. Since we’re not having an in-person Gathering this year, the online Gathering seems like a unique opportunity to experiment with letting Friends determine their own price.

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FGC News | June 1st 2020

As more towns and municipalities began gradually reopening local businesses and resuming services to the public, many Friends meetings are beginning to consider the possibility of reopening and holding in-person Meeting for Worship. To guide Friends' discernment, FGC has created Advices & Queries for Possibly Reopening Your Meeting House or Church.

FGC News | May 29th 2020

Each month, FGC distributes digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC, QuakerBooks, and the FGC Gathering. Below is the introductory text and links to our May 2020 newsletters for friends.

Featured: Vital Friends, Book Musings, and updates about the FGC Gathering

| May 20th 2020

Each month, FGC distributes up to three monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC, QuakerBooks, and the FGC Gathering. Below is the introductory text and links to our April 2020 newsletters for friends.

FGC News | April 30th 2020

Conflict is part of the human existence, but ignoring or actively avoiding it causes harm that can have long-term consequences for everyone impacted by it. Below are resources online and in print that can help your Quaker community effectively respond to internal and external conflicts as they arise.

| April 29th 2020

In this month's update, Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee member Jaya Karsemeyer Bone shares her suggestions for navigating difficult conversations around racism (with supporting words contributed by Regina Renee Ward).

| April 28th 2020

In this month's update, Vanessa and Olivia extend an invitation to worship for Friends of Color, and Marta talks about why now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is the time to check your privilege.

| April 1st 2020

 

Each month, FGC distributes up to three monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC, QuakerBooks, and the FGC Gathering. Below is the introductory text and links to our March 2020 newsletters for friends.

 

 

| March 31st 2020

In response to local and statewide orders to shut down all non-essential businesses, FGC will close its main office in Philadelphia, PA today until we receive word that it is safe to reopen. Most of our staff has been working remotely since last week, so we still are available to help Friends and their meetings via email and social media.

| March 16th 2020