Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Pre-Gathering Events

This information is for 2019. Please check back in early winter 2020 for information about 2020 Pre-Gathering events.

Follow the links below to see more details and costs for these events before the 2019 FGC Gathering in Grinnell, Iowa. Gathering registrants may add Pre-Gathering events to their registrations through June 10. New registrants may not register for a Pre-Gathering event after June 22. Drop-in participation is possible for the AYF retreat only, and drop-ins will be charged the retreat fee. Anyone bringing youth age 18 and under should read about Pre-Gathering Events and Children.

Retreat for People of Color and their Families

An opportunity for People of Color and multiracial families to come together to share their Quaker experience and create a supportive community in preparation for and throughout the Gathering. (Friday-Sunday) Open only to Friends staying for the Gathering as full-time or half-Gathering registrants.

Quakers & Business Conference: Healing Our World Using Spiritual Practices in Business

At the Q&B conference, we will share stories, network and learn how business owners, employees and non-profit leaders (historical / modern) are using spirit led business practices as a force for good in the world. (Friday-Sunday) Open to Gathering registrants and also those not staying for the Gathering.

Adult Young Friends Retreat 

Adult Young Friends (age 18-35) will hold a one day retreat to continue building our community. This year the AYF Retreat will be a day of self-reflection and skill-building around race and white supremacy. Two outside facilitators will guide AYFs in examining how systemic racism has shaped our lives and communities, and provide guidance for how AYFs can continue their individual anti-racism work. (Friday-Sunday: Friday night of the retreat is optional; all participants are expected to be at the retreat beginning Saturday morning. The retreat is scheduled to close Sunday morning at 11:30am.) Open only to Friends staying for the Gathering as full-time or half-Gathering registrants.