Participants in the 2018 Retreat for People of Color & their Families

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 years 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 age 6+ 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

Cost and Financial Aid

The retreat fee is Pay as Led – on a sliding scale between $13-$50, or you can choose your own price.

When & Where

The retreat will be held on Zoom from Friday, July 1 – Sunday July 3, 2022.

Friday 7/1
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Saturday 7/2
2-3:30 PM ET
4:30 – 6:00 PM ET
7:30 – 9:00 PM ET
9:00 – 10:00 PM ET

Sunday 7/3
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
4:30 – 6:00 PM ET

See the Virtual Gathering schedule in multiple timezones here.

How to Register

When you register for the Gathering, choose the “Pre-Gathering People of Color Retreat” on the page where you are choosing workshop and fee level.

Registration for the FGC Gathering opens in early June.

Retreat Organizers

The retreat is organized by the 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.

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