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.
Between October 24th and 27th, 2019 members of FGC's Central Committee met to share reports of our organization's accomplishments over the past 12 months, to approve the 2020 budget, and to discern our work together in the coming year.
On June 28th, 2020, FGC Gathering 2020: Way Will Open begins at Radford University in Radford, VA. The Gathering team and Gathering 2020 committee members have been hard at work organizing the evening plenary program and reviewing workshop proposals, and we are excited to reveal the fruits of their efforts here!
In this reflection from Regina Renee Ward of the Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee, she describes how the experiences of the 2013, 2016, and 2019 FGC Gathering have shaped her understanding of Quaker community.
FGC's General Secretary Barry Crossno and Quaker author J. Brent Bill have collaborated on a new Pendle Hill pamphlet that examines the spiritual process of vocal ministry. On Vocal Ministry: Nurturing the Community through Listening and Faithfulness includes discussion questions and a detailed diagram for Friends and anyone who feels led to hold the spiritual welfare of their meeting.
Each month, FGC distributes two monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and QuakerBooks - Vital Friends and Book Musings. Below is the introductory text and links to our November 2019 newsletters for friends.
Each month, FGC distributes two monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and QuakerBooks - Vital Friends and Book Musings. Below is the introductory text and links to our October 2019 newsletters for friends.
This Fall, FGC welcomed Olivia Pandolfi as its Ministry on Racism Program Fellow. Olivia (pronouns they/them) will participate in the Ministry on Racism Program Fellowship between now and July 2020 in FGC's main office in Philadelphia.
As Co-Clerk of the FGC Institutional Assessment Working Group and Task Force, I am pleased to write with a sense of joy and grace to Friends everywhere that our work has drawn to its natural conclusion as the Implementation Group has been fully formed and is ready to take this work forward.
The Institutional Assessment Implementation Group recently gathered at Pendle Hill for our first annual face-to-face meeting. The Committee of ten Friends with the Ministry on Racism Program Fellow, Olivia Pandolfi, successfully established trust and built a community.
J. Brent Bill is a Quaker who’s been publishing articles and books since 1983. In that time, he’s learned a thing or three about getting his work published – starting with how to pitch his ideas to editors. Here are a few of Brent's suggestions for Friends who want to prepare a book proposal.