Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Pre-Gathering Retreat for People of Color and their Families

2014 POC Retreat participants

Friends of Color and multiracial families are invited to a retreat immediately prior to the 2016 FGC Gathering. This retreat is for Gathering attenders only.  Keep reading to find out more about:

Why a Retreat
Where and When
Cost and Financial Aid
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. You must be registered for the Gathering to participate (full-time or half-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 2016 FGC Gathering:  College of Saint Benedict, 20 miles west of St. Cloud, MN. The retreat starts with dinner on Friday July 1 and continues until lunch on Sunday July 3.  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.

On-site check in starts at 3 pm, Friday July 1.

Cost and Financial Aid

The retreat fee (in addition to housing and meals) will be $43.00 for ages 12-Adult, and free for ages 11 and under. Actual costs may vary depending on type of housing selected. Friends are housed in the same room for the pre-Gathering retreat as for the Gathering itself.

The only cost for children under 12 would be for meals and housing if they sleep in a bed  (no retreat fee).

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 assistance when you register for the retreat. 

Bayard Rustin Fund: Gathering Travel Support Fund for People of Color This fund is intended for support of Persons of Color to be used to defray the costs of travel to the FGC Summer Gathering and was initiated by a generous gift from Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns. Click here for the application.

How to Register

If you are an adult or Middle School or High School Program participant, when you register for the Gathering, choose the “Pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat.”  Registration opens April 1.

If you are bringing younger children (under 12), do  NOT choose the Retreat as part of their registration.  Instead, you should indicate on your adult Retreat registration if you are bringing children,  and whether you expect the children to participate in the Retreat, participate in the child care program, or move between the two.

Please note that the last day to register for the pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat is June 10th.

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 us.

For other general questions about the FGC Gathering itself, please click here.