Friends General Conference

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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Weaving a Wider Welcome

Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many of you that the answer to that question is often no. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits-- especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color.  In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

In this workshop you will learn:

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends

The Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the experience of Quaker worship and silent waiting, for an inward encounter with Inner Teacher who leads, guides, and transforms us every day.  This eRetreat is held under the care of the Adult Young Friends Program of the Friends General Conference Gathering.  It is offered as an opportunity to bring together Quakers and seekers in the age range of 18-35ish for spiritual community and mutual support. 

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Understanding & Healing White Supremacy

This eRetreat offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives.  You will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression in the United States and explore how Quaker faith and practice can provide grounding, tools, and fire for our work against racial injustice.  You will explore how Spirit is calling you to action for racial justice while gaining tools for identifying and disrupting racism, white privilege, and wh

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Living into Wholeness

Many of us know that the Beloved Community is “not yet,” because we see the trauma of white supremacy and free-market colonialism playing itself out across the globe. But can we co-create and Live Into Wholeness together?

The Living into Wholeness eRetreat invites you to explore and practice what it means to live into Beloved Community, the ways we are called to recognize patterns of marginalization and exclusion and to act toward justice, and tools for transforming and vitalizing our meetings and communities.  

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: What to Expect

Each week, the eRetreat program offers a new topic with videos, essays, quotations, and activities for you to explore and go deeper.  You will connect with other participants as you share your reflections and experiences in discussion boards linked to the weekly activities.   The eRetreat does not have scheduled meeting times, so you can engage at your own time and pace.  Most of the readings or activities for each week can be completed in about an hour or two.


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