March 11, 2022 Update

by Lori Piñeiro Sinitzky, Conference Director

The COVID Pandemic Health and Safety Policy was approved by FGC Executive Committee on March 2, 2022. This Health and Safety Policy provides COVID-19 pandemic guidelines for all conference operations and activities. The policy was created by the Pandemic Policy Working Group in consultation with FGC staff and some committees. It has incorporated many sources of knowledge and guidance, including best practices within the broader conference community, and requirements from local, state, and federal agencies.

Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic, this policy attempts to account for multiple scenarios and contingencies and will be updated in order to adapt to changing conditions.

The Gathering will have a supply of COVID rapid test kits and appropriate masks available on-site.

Read the complete COVID Health and Safety policy or view our infographic for preparing for in-person FGC events.


February 9, 2022 Update

by Lori Piñeiro Sinitzky, Conference Director

The 2022 FGC Gathering, “and follow me.” is less than five months away! We are so excited to gather with Friends from all over North America and reconnect in Friendship, fellowship, and spirit. The Gathering planning is going well and we are creating online programs alongside the in-person programs.

COVID continues to impact our preparations for the Gathering. A special working group under the care of FGC’s Executive Committee and convened by assistant presiding clerk, Katrina McQuail, has been writing a COVID Health and Safety policy for all FGC in-person events including the Gathering. We are on track to have a policy approved and widely shared in early spring.

The always-changing nature of the pandemic is making it difficult to project how many people will attend in person and how many volunteers there will be.

We need your help! We invite you to complete a two-minute survey to help us prepare for the in-person Gathering. Please fill out this survey by March 7th, 2022.

 


January 31, 2022 Update

by Lori Piñeiro Sinitzky, Conference Director

I am grateful for the commitment and expertise the members of the Pandemic Policy Working Group bring to their charge. The working group continues to meet weekly to create a COVID Health and Safety policy for all in-person FGC events. They are researching and considering university, municipal, state, and federal laws and guidelines, as well as the spiritual needs and traditions of our community. We are on track to have a policy available to share in mid-March. The policy will be shared with Friends on the Gathering email list (subscribe here) and on the Gathering website.


January 6, 2022 Update

by Lori Piñeiro Sinitzky, Conference Director

The FGC Pandemic Policy Working Group has submitted an interim progress report to the presiding clerk, general secretary, and volunteer governance bodies for review and feedback. The Pandemic Policy Working Group will incorporate feedback from these groups into a draft policy that is scheduled to be sent to Executive Committee for review in late January. We hope to have an approved COVID Health and Safety Policy in March.

An important noticing that has arisen in the working group is that we all have responsibility for making the Gathering as safe as we can make it. A keystone tenet of Quakerism lies in the power of the Gathered Community. As a community, we must care for one another, support one another, and be mutually accountable for each other’s safety. Collaboratively, each Gathering attender, volunteer, and staff member can co-create a web of support to make the in-person Gathering in the summer of 2022 possible. We can lean on our Quaker faith and practices as the foundation for Gathering in the summer of 2022.


October 21, 2021 Update

by Lori Piñeiro Sinitzky, Conference Director

We are so excited! Preparations are underway for the 2022 Gathering “…and follow me” in-person at Radford University in Radford, Virginia from July 3 – 9. Our planning includes the usual things like discerning workshops, selecting plenary speakers, and thinking carefully about our ice cream options.

Additionally, this year FGC is taking extra steps to ensure the health and safety of all those attending Gathering in person.

A special COVID working group under the care of FGC’s Executive Committee and convened by assistant presiding clerk, Katrina McQuail, has been approved to create a COVID Health and Safety policy for all FGC in-person events, including the Gathering. The goal is to have the policy approved and in place in early 2022. This will allow us to share the policy broadly with the community so that you can make your Gathering plans accordingly.

Of course, the COVID situation is constantly changing and we cannot know how COVID will impact in-person events like ours in the summer of 2022. Our plan will need to be flexible and responsive to the changing situation. We have to be prepared for all COVID-related possibilities including following federal, state, and local laws, and university requirements. Such requirements might include vaccination and/or testing mandates, masking while indoors, and even cancellation of the in-person event if conditions become too risky.

We’re pleased that we will be able to offer some online participation in the 2022 Gathering. Friends who are unable to travel to the Gathering in Radford will have the option to register to view the evening plenaries online as well as attend workshops designed for online participants.

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