Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

FGC Gathering Committee

Volunteer Position

The Gathering Committee is responsible for planning the program of one annual Gathering and providing care for that Gathering when it meets. A new committee is constituted for each Gathering, starting in Spring of the previous year.

Who serves on the Committee? The Gathering Committee is self selected and includes members of FGC’s Long-Range Conference Planning Committee (LRCP) as well as members recruited from meetings located near the Gathering site.

Who are the clerks of the 2016 Gathering Committee? 
Marybeth Neal and Paul Landskroener, Twin Cities Meeting (NYM).

When will the 2015 Gathering Committee meet?

  • For a weekend in the spring, in the host region
  • Committee members who are present at the 2015 Gathering will meet briefly toward the end of the Gathering.
  • A weekend in late September or early October 2015.
  • Subcommittee clerks will meet for a Saturday in early December 2015.
  • During the 2016 Gathering, the Gathering Committee meets daily July 2 (a day before the Gathering begins) through July 8.

Responsibilities of Committee membership:

  • Attend meetings of the Gathering Committee (with occasional exceptions).
  • Serve on a subcommittee (including phone and email meetings).
  • Follow up on subcommittee and Gathering committee tasks, as agreed.

The Committee’s work during the Gathering: During the Gathering, the committee meets daily to hold the Gathering in the Light, to exercise care for the Gathering, and to address concerns that arise at the Gathering. Because members of the Gathering Committee are heavily involved in the functioning of the Gathering, some Friends may not be able to attend these daily meetings. A core group of Friends from each subcommittee should attend every day. These Friends should be able to speak to their committee‘s work. All Friends participating in these daily meetings should remember that these meetings are often confidential and should not be discussed outside of the Gathering Committee.