Worship Opportunities at the 2021 FGC Virtual Gathering
Opening and closing worship for the entire community book-end our week. There are also opportunities to celebrate, mourn, center, heal, and pray together throughout the Gathering week. We have worship in our workshops and opportunities for worship under the care of: Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) and People of Color.
All Gathering Welcome and Opening Worship
Sunday, June 27, evening
Join the Gathering community in welcome and waiting worship as we prepare to embark on a week of experimentation, spiritual exploration, and fellowship.
Bible Half-Hour with Benigno Sánchez-Eppler
Benigno Sánchez-Eppler brings wide experience and deep love of the Bible to the 2021 Gathering. He will bring us into conversation with early Friends whose manner of living in the certainty that Way Has Already Opened can speak to our own present urgency and show us a path forward.
Benigno came among Quakers for the first time in 1981 when he found his way to meeting for worship at Jesus Lane, Cambridge, England. He became a member of the Religious Society of Friends at Homewood in Baltimore Yearly Meeting in the mid 1980s. During the 1990s he joined the joy and effort of Northampton Friends, as they launched a brand new monthly meeting in Western Massachusetts, and he also worked with Cuban and New England Friends to create a sister yearly meeting relationship that the Holy Spirit keeps going strong today.
Benigno, still a member of Northampton Friends in New England Yearly Meeting, has traveled in the Ministry among Friends in Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Central America, US Pacific Northwest, Rwanda, and Ireland. He has clerked his monthly meeting, and served as recording clerk both for Northampton Friends and NEYM. He led the Bible Half-hours at the Sessions of NEYM in 2007, and at the FGC Gathering in 2008. He teaches at Amherst College, and at the Cuban Quaker Peace Institute of Cuba Yearly Meeting. He has interpreted at international Friends gatherings since 1991. Together with Susan Furry he is a founding co-editor and translator for www.raicescuaqueras.org, an on-line library of Quaker classics in Spanish.
His work as interpreter and translator for the Friends World Committee for Consultation expanded into his service as Co-Clerk of the Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, and in the summer of 2014 he served as Field Elder for 26 young friends and 6 adult leaders for 30 days of sojourning among Friends in Perú and Bolivia. Benigno served as Clerk for FWCC Section of the Americas between 2015 and 2019.