Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Welcome to the 2021 Gathering!


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the 2021 Gathering Committee, we invite you to join us for a Spirit-filled week of workshops, plenaries, worship, music, fun, fellowship and more as we come together virtually for FGC’s annual Gathering June 27th - July 3rd, 2021.

When the Gathering theme Way Will Open came to us in 2019, we could not know that our familiar way of Gathering, a way we have known and taken for granted for years, was about to close, not once, but twice!

Neither could we have imagined the kinds of openings - transformations even - such closings would make possible; that over 1,000 Friends from all over the world could come together by simply opening a link; that we could make the Gathering more affordable, more accessible and more environmentally friendly by having everyone stay home; that deep worship, tender intimacy, and covenant community could happen online.

Many months of pandemic isolation and social upheaval have taught us that Spirit cannot be limited by geography or fear; that, in the midst of the unthinkable, Way Will Open in ways that will challenge, inspire and astonish us.

Come experience a Gathering of Friends like no other, a Gathering that speaks to the needs of our beloved community and answers the call of our time. Come be challenged, be inspired, be astonished!

Barbara von Salis, Tony Martin and Patsy Arnold Martin

2021 FGC Gathering Tri-clerks