Whether organizing a virtual or online worship in response to a pandemic, or considering starting a new group that is entirely online, this section has reflections on spirituality during virtual worship, lists existing opportunities, and shares guidance and suggestions for creating meaningful online worship.

Resources for Organizing Worship Online

Coronavirus/COVID Pandemic Responses and Guidance

Quaker Spirituality in Virtual Spaces

Virtual Meeting for Worship Opportunities

When you’re the only Friend in town, the nearest meetinghouse is too far away, or physical limitations prevent participation in the life of your Quaker community in-person, opportunities for virtual Meeting for Worship and Spiritual Deepening eRetreats can be a lifeline to faith.

FGC Worship for People of Color

To encourage community and a stronger connection to Spirit in a safe space, Friends General Conference began hosting virtual worship for People of Color in 2018. FGC established this practice as a result of a request by Friends of Color who participated in a retreat that summer. During that weekend Friends of Color expressed their pain of feeling oppressed in their meeting which caused them to stop attending. These Friends were clear that Quakerism and worship was core to their lives and wanted an opportunity to continue to worship in community. FGC agreed to support these Friends with providing monthly virtual worships on Zoom. These worships are provided as a place for Friends of Color to come together in community and worship in an environment with Friends who experience marginalization in their lives and Quaker meetings because they are a Person of Color.

For more information or to sign up for any of these offerings for Friends of Color please visit the FGC Ministry on Racism.

Find out why we created this virtual space for Friends of Color only by reading this article from The Arrow.

Additionally, Friends and spiritual seekers looking for open online worship are encouraged to check out:

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats

An FGC Spiritual Deepening eRetreat is an online opportunity to build spiritual community with Friends and seekers while learning about Quaker thought and practice from the comfort of your own home. Friends and newcomers complete exercises, explore multimedia materials, and participate in weekly group check-ins during each 4 to 8-week eRetreat. Our schedule of Spiritual Deepening eRetreat offerings can be found here.

Gathering Plenary Livestreaming and Recordings

When possible, FGC will livestream evening plenary presentations as they happen during the FGC Gathering, which takes place each summer. Evening plenaries open with a period of worship before the presentation. Explore available recordings from past editions of the FGC Gathering here.

Facebook Groups

FGC maintains a list of Quaker Facebook Groups.

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