Friends General Conference is pleased to be engaged in nurturing and supporting new worship groups and meetings in the United States and Canada.
The New Meetings Project (NMP) is at work responding to inquiries from Friends asking for support in starting new worship groups and meetings. Many times, the request has come from Friends and seekers in areas where there is no established meeting and they want guidance on how to nurture a flourishing Quaker faith and practice community.
The NMP is also beginning a project of intentionally seeding new meetings (for more information, click the Meeting Seeding Project file below).
J. Brent Bill, a long-time Friend and author, has been named as the staff person to shepherd the development of the New Meetings Project. The New Meetings Project has also been creating materials to guide the formation of new communities, designing workshops that will ground and prepare Friends called to anchor new meetings, and supporting travel teams of seasoned Friends who will visit new worship groups and meetings to support the deepening of their spiritual practices.
We are pleased to be able to support Friends who feel called to help establish and nurture vibrant Quaker communities. While there are many paths and religious traditions through which to develop a meaningful spiritual life, we know that many are drawn to the Quaker way and want help to begin that journey. FGC’s purpose with this project is to provide the support and tools needed to make the Quaker way visible and accessible to all seekers interested in exploring Quaker spiritual practice.
You'll find resources for new meetings and/or worship groups in the "New Meetings Toolbox."
For further details about this program or contact information on how to be involved, check out the New Meetings Q&A, search on "New Meetings Project" or email firstname.lastname@example.org