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 2014 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 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.

Cost

The cost of attending the Retreat includes a retreat fee of $27 plus  pre-Gathering meals and housing for Friends 11 years to adult. Younger children will be in childcare and do not need to register for the retreat.  However, they do need to be registered for early meals and housing.

For example, arriving Friday for the beginning of the retreat and therefore eating in the cafeteria Friday dinner through Sunday lunch plus a shared room on Friday and Saturday night brings the total cost for the retreat for a teen or adult to $106. Friends who register for a single room will pay a bit more; Friends who are camping will pay less.

See a full list of pre-Gathering housing and meal costs.

We have secured a grant to assist those who need scholarship assistance 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.” 

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.