Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


IIn the midst of the FGC Gathering, how do we find peace in our hearts? Where is the well that replenishes to fuel the work for justice in the world? Worship is the common ground that brings peace in our hearts and justice in the world. The week will open Sunday and close Saturday with worship together. There will be times to celebrate, mourn, sing, center and pray.

We have worship in our workshops and opportunities for worship under the care of: Quaker Earthcare Witness; Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC); People of Color; and Intergenerational Worship with Junior Gathering.

Use the Silent Place for personal reflection or to engage in artwork, journal, read, meditate or pray.

A list of all of the organized worship activities will be at on-site Check-In. We welcome everyone, including children, at any worship opportunity.

Transforming and Nuturing Personal and World Peace

This year's Gathering will feature a center, available all week, dedicated to deepening self-transformation and nurturing personal as well as world peace.  Friends are invited to spend time there with practices that develop inner peace that is then shared and sent out into the world.

Individuals and meetings are encouraged to bring banners, quilts, art work, and objects symbolizing "peace in our hearts" for visual display.  Supplies will be available to create such objects on site.  Come, enjoy, and send out healing peace to the world.

May these many opportunities for worship at the Gathering enrich your life, refresh your spirit, and nurture you so that you may be transformed as you return to your daily life.

Bible Half-Hour with Jessica Easter

Jessica Easter will guide the Bible Half Hour (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM) at the 2019 Gathering. Jessica hopes to support, dissect, and further the theme of Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World with thoughtful reflection on scripture passages that have been meaningful to Quakers throughout our history.

Jessica Easter is a member of Lake Forest Friends Meeting in Illinois Yearly Meeting and a deacon in the Lindisfarne Community, an independent ecumenical religious community in the Anglo-Celtic tradition. Jessica earned a Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion in 2014 with a concentration in Christian Spirituality. She is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and works as a pediatric chaplain in a Level One Trauma Center in Chicago. She often relies upon her Quaker approach to the Bible to provide comfort and support to the children, families, and staff she encounters. Jessica finds particular joy in reading Scripture through an intersectional and womanist lens, playing with babies, and challenging her own assumptions.