Founded in 1900, Friends General Conference is an association of local and regional Quaker organizations primarily in the United States and Canada. FGC is a volunteer led association. Our focus areas and related projects are determined by volunteers representing our affiliates and consistent with FGC’s organizational Minute of Purpose and Vision Statement. What was once an association of seven yearly meetings holding a biennial "general conference" is now a coalition of sixteen yearly meetings and eleven directly affiliated monthly meetings.

Minute of Purpose

Friends General Conference, with Divine guidance, nurtures the spiritual vitality of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) by providing programs and services for Friends, meetings, and seekers.

Major Goals

  1. Nurture meetings and worship groups.
  2. Provide resources and opportunities for meetings, Friends, and seekers to experience the Light, the living presence of God.
  3. Help meetings guide Friends to discern the leadings of the Inward Teacher and to grow into ministry.
  4. Transform our awareness so that our corporate and individual attitudes and actions fully value and encompass the blessed diversity of our human family.
  5. Work to grow and sustain a vital, diverse, and loving community of Friends based on a shared search for unity in the Spirit.
  6. Articulate, communicate, and exemplify Friends’ practices, core experiences, and the call to live and witness to our faith.
  7. Promote dialogue with others, sharing with them our corporate experience of Divine Truth and listening to and learning from their experience of the same.

Vision Statement

We envision a vital and growing Religious Society of Friends—a faith that deepens spiritually, welcomes newcomers, builds supportive and inclusive community, and provides loving service and witness in the world.

Through Friends General Conference, we see Quakers led by the Spirit joining together in ministry to offer services that help Friends, meetings, and seekers explore, deepen, connect, serve and witness within the context of our living faith.

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