Theme: The Power of Truth

Dates: July 1-7, 2018

Location: University of Toledo in Toledo, OH

What happened at the 2018 Gathering?

Schedule and handouts from the 2018 Gathering

Articles & Videos

Bible Half Hour: Dwight L. Wilson


Gathering 2018 Co-Clerk Paul Tinkerhess performed a Toledo-inspired version of his song Quaker Waltz

Members of the Institutional Assessment on Racism Working Group presented a recorded update for Friends at the 2018 Gathering

FGC Gathering 2018 Video Playlist

Evening Programs

Monday Night

Robin Wall Kimmerer – “Justice for All: Reciprocity, Restoration and Respect for All Beings”

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

FGC’s General Secretary Barry Crossno delivers remarks on Gathering 2018’s theme, The Power of Truth.

Tuesday Night

Quaker Truth Talks with Oskar Pierre Castro, Paula Palmer, and Andrew Tomlinson

This year on Tuesday, instead of Interest Groups, we had the special gift of hearing from three Quakers who shared their journeys and understandings of Quaker truths: Oskar Pierre Castro, Paula Palmer, and Andrew Tomlinson.

Wednesday Night

La’Ron Williams – “Culture of Struggle; Culture of Faith: Using Storytelling to Help the Truth Survive in a Nation Riddled with Lies”

Nationally acclaimed and award winning storyteller La’Ron Williams shares stories that are educational, musical, and highly participatory. Drawing inspiration from the lessons of struggle, perseverance, and survival of Africans in the Western Hemisphere, Williams’ tales are noted for their ability to offer hope, and to provide alternatives to despair. He always sings, he always plays some kind of music, and he always has a good time. We believe you will, too.

Thursday Night

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II – “America Must Have a Moral Revival”

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is president of Repairers of the Breach, national co-chair of the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign, and leads an alliance of more than 200 progressive organizations best known as “Moral Monday,” a multi-racial, multi-faith movement fighting for voting rights, public education, universal healthcare, environmental protection, and the rights of women, labor, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community.

Friday Night

Baldemar Velásquez – “Securing Bargaining Rights of the Poor: A Call to Action”

Baldemar Velásquez was born and raised as a migrant farmworker from South Texas. In 1967, at the age of twenty, Velásquez along with his father and a small group of farmworkers, tired of the mistreatment formed the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. 

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