For Kit Potter of Nashville Friends Meeting, FGC’s role as a connector is crucial. When her yearly meeting asked for a representative to FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, she volunteered. Having moved from a region with a large yearly meeting to an area where meetings are more isolated, she sees the difference FGC makes.
“Nurturing smaller meetings helps the Religious Society of Friends grow and become more vital,” Kit observes. This is one reason she, along with other volunteers, is participating in FGC’s website redesign. She’s interested in connecting yearly meetings in resource sharing and sees a need to develop a network of spiritually- grounded Friends with different ministries to support meetings.
“Many meetings don’t realize what is available through FGC,” Kit explains. “Situations arise that would benefit from eldership. Vocal ministry is one example.” How does a meeting respond if someone speaks beyond their guidance or when there isn’t vocal ministry? Through your support, FGC has provided consultations and resources on vocal ministry to help meetings deepen worship.
When Kit began volunteering for FGC’s Committee on Nurturing Ministries (guiding religious education, and the Spiritual Deepening and Ministry on Racism Programs), she didn’t feel she had the depth of knowledge or experience to contribute. Since then, she’s participated in workshops, online worship sharing, the 2021 White Privilege Conference, anti-racism training, and the 2021 Virtual Gathering. Kit is now a connector, sharing FGC’s resources and training and encouraging others in their spiritual journeys.
“We’ve been isolated physically this past year,” Kit reflects. “We’re isolated from face-to-face conversations, from community. We’re being challenged socially and personally. If we move through discomfort as a faith community, we will grow stronger. FGC is so important to deepening Quaker spirituality.”
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