Friends of Color and multiracial families are invited to a retreat immediately prior to the 2014 FGC Gathering. This retreat is for Gathering attenders only. Keep reading to find out more about:
Friends of Color are a small population in the Religious Society of Friends in the U.S. and Canada, 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 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 multigenerational 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. The retreat is designed for Friends who are also attending the FGC Gathering.
Programming will include adults and adolescents. There will be special programming for middle schoolers, and childcare for younger children.
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
Overnight accommodations, meals, and program will be held at the California University of Pennsylvania, in California, PA, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh. The retreat starts with dinner on Friday June 27 and continues until lunch on Sunday June 29. Friends are encouraged to arrive Friday, and are welcome to join the retreat whenever they arrive on campus. Friends with Junior Gathering or other responsibilities on Sunday may need to leave the retreat early.
Fees have not been determined at this time. Friends General Conference is currently pursuing financial assistance to help with costs; depending on funding, fees may range from free to $110.
When you register for the Gathering, choose the “Pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat.”
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 Vanessa Julye, email@example.com.