In a short video, three Quakers express their perspectives on Jesus.
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.”
Deadline to apply is Friday, July 13, 2018.
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.
With program highlights, upcoming projects, and stories of Spirit-led journeys, the FGC 2017 annual report captures how small movements can grow into profound insights. In this report, Friends tell how FGC supported them in deepening faith, strengthening community, and addressing the currents of racism.
FGC has received a $49,700 grant from the Friends Foundation for the Aging to support further development of our Spiritual Deepening eRetreat program. Since the program’s inception in 2015, 364 Friends ages 25 to 93 have participated in an eRetreat.
The Institutional Assessment (IA) Survey of FGC Friends aims to identify evidence of institutional racism that may have crept into FGC's practices and procedures. The survey is a first step to respond to concerns lifted up via petition at the 2016 Gathering.
Download the Quaker Cloud Features Overview to share during your next business meeting! Our one-page resource describes the features of the Quaker Cloud in brief, non-technical points so they can be shared with Friends of all skill levels at your meeting.
Emily Wirzba and Scott Greenler of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) are collaborating with faith-based and environmental communities to persuade lawmakers to take action on climate change and protect natural resources. Both come from extensive environmental and social justice backgrounds, and this month they're sharing strategies for living Earthcare witness through a legislative lens.