Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Pre-Gathering Retreat for People of Color and their Families

2013 POC Retreat participants

Friends of Color and multiracial families are invited to a retreat immediately prior to the 2015 FGC Gathering. This retreat is for Gathering attenders only.  Keep reading to find out more about:

Why a Retreat
Where and When
Cost
How to Register
Invite a Friend
Retreat Organizers

Why a Retreat

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
  • Worship
  • 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

Where and When

Overnight accommodations, meals, and program will be held at the site of the 2015 FGC Gathering:  Western Carolina University, 50 miles west of Asheville, NC. The retreat starts with dinner on Friday July 3 and continues until lunch on Sunday July 5.  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.

Cost

Cost information will be available by the January 1. 

FGC offers scholarship assistance to those who need it to participate in the Retreat.  FGC hopes that no one will stay away from the Retreat due to financial concerns.  Apply for this assistance when you register for the Retreat. 

How to Register

When you register for the Gathering, choose the “Pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat.”  Registration opens April 1.

Invite a Friend

Are you planning on attending the retreat?  Invite a friend to join you.

Retreat Organizers

 FGC Committee for Nurturing Ministries Ministry on Racism Program.  If you have further questions,  please contact Vanessa Julye, ministryonracism@fgcquaker.org.