In a short video, three Quakers express their perspectives on Jesus.
With leadings from Spirit the next phase of our work has begun: analyzing and summarizing the many sources of data, crafting recommendations, and planning our presentation for the fall Central Committee (Oct 25-28, 2018).
With Trayce Peterson feeling called to place her considerable talent in service to direct action social work (thank you for your service, Trayce), FGC is excited to announce that Holly Baldwin has been hired as our part-time Welcoming Friend Project Assistant!
The FGC Institutional Assessment on Racism survey completed on July 31, 2018 - with 1,168 respondents! The Task Force owes Friends (within FGC and beyond) our sincerest gratitude for responding to our call for your testimony. The next phase of our work has begun: analyzing the many sources of data, crafting recommendations, and planning our presentation for the fall Central Committee (Oct 25-28, 2018).
Fall 2018 eRetreat Schedule
September 9, 2018: Becoming Patterns & Examples eRetreat (4 weeks)
Registration has closed for Becoming Patterns & Examples
The FGC Institutional Assessment on Racism survey as of July 15, 2018 has N=1,041 respondents:Female (562, 66%), Male (260, 31%), and Other (27, 3%), with 192 skipping the gender question. Six indicated that they were FGC staff; 451 took the time to compose write-in comments to further express their thoughts. The survey was initially closed on July 15th to begin analysis of the data. However, the survey was re-opened on July 23rd to accommodate the interest and exposure generated at the NYYM summer session (July 22nd – 28th).
Friends General Conference will present its annual FGC Gathering of Friends from July 1 to 7 at the University of Toledo. The theme of this year’s Gathering is The Power of Truth – an invitation to explore the concept of truth in the era of “fake news.”
The FGC Institutional Assessment on Racism survey has 900+ responses as of June 8th: (66%) Female, (30%) Male, and (3%) Other. Five are FGC staff. The Task Force is sharing this report with interested Friends to forward on to their mailing lists. We want to draw your attention to the fact that the IAR survey will remain open through the end of the Gathering.
Gathering begins on Sunday with our All-Gathering Worship & Welcome for attendees of all ages, led by the 2018 Gathering Clerks & Gathering Committee.
As part of the opening, we'll be led in a water ceremony by Panoka Walker. Panoka is of mixed French and Anishinabe decent from the Deer Clan. Panoka strongly identifies with her Indian roots as a traditional storyteller, song carrier, hand drum maker and traditional craftswoman. Encouraged by her elders after years of apprenticeship inside the sacred circle of life, Panoka is a facilitator of women’s ceremonies. She also leads workshops and presentations for adults and youth. Panoka is affiliated with the Mother Earth Water Walkers, who bring awareness to the Water, the Lifeblood of the Earth.