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Pre-Gathering Retreat for People of Color and their Families

2018 Retreat for People of Color and their Families participants

Friends of Color and multiracial families are invited to a virtual retreat immediately prior to the 2020 FGC Virtual Gathering. This retreat is for Gathering attenders only.  Keep reading to find out more about:

Why a Retreat

Where and When

Cost and Financial Aid

How to Register

Invite a Friend

                                                                         Retreat Organizers

Why a Retreat

Friends of Color are a small population in the Religious Society of Friends in the North America and at the FGC Gathering.  Experience indicates that the better we know each other, the better we can support each other throughout the year and at the Gathering.

FGC’s Ministry on Racism has been offering a robust calendar of virtual retreats and events for a few months now, and has planned this virtual pre-gathering retreat based on what we have learned from those experiences. We have found that they can be nurturing and community-building, allowing Friends of Color to feel connected and supported during this difficult time.

FGC's Committee for Nurturing Ministries Ministry on Racism Program is sponsoring a pre-Gathering retreat for Friends of Color and their immediate family members to come together to create a community as a resource for the Gathering and beyond. Friends of European descent are welcome provided they are attending with a family member (e.g. spouse, child) who is a Person of Color. This will be an intergenerational event. Children are welcome to join us.

During our time together over the weekend we will build our community through:

  • Mutual support and sharing
  • Worship
  • Sharing why Quaker faith and practice is important to us
  • Identifying ways to support each other throughout the week of the Gathering
  • Discussing how we can share our experience at the Gathering with our meetings

Where and When

The retreat will be held over Zoom between the evening of Friday, June 26 and the afternoon of Sunday, June 28. Here are the times of the sessions, all EDT:

Friday 6/26: 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Saturday 6/27: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, 4:00 – 5:30 PM & 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Hang out space 8:30 – 9:30 PM)

Sunday 6/28: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM & 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Cost 

This year's Virtual Gathering is Pay as Led. You can find more guidance on the Pay as Led model for the Gathering here

How to Register

Please check back on this page for updates about registration.

If you are an adult or Middle School or High School Program participant, when you register for the Gathering, choose the “Pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat.”  Registration opens at the beginning of June.

Please note that the last day to register for the pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat is June 25th.

Invite a Friend

Are you planning on attending the retreat?  Invite a friend to join you.

Retreat Organizers

FGC Committee for Nurturing Ministries Ministry on Racism Program. If you have further questions, please contact Ministry on Racism staff.

For other general questions about the FGC Gathering itself, use the Gathering Contact Form.