In a short video, three Quakers express their perspectives on Jesus.
When Traci Hjelt Sullivan announced she would be departing FGC in January 2019, she said that the best way for Friends to help celebrate her good work was to help us find someone to continue that good work. We are delighted to share the news that we have found our new Associate Secretary for Development - Faith Josephs!
Inspired by the opportunity for continuing transformation in Quaker faith and practice and in the wider culture, the Spiritual Deepening Program seeks to be an essential resource for Friends as they act on their leadings to live fully into their faith by walking in the Light.
Resources and materials in the Spiritual Deepening Library for Small Groups are being revised and enhanced on 2019 to include new ways to explore communion with the community and the divine.
A report will be given about FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism and the continuing work of the implementation group that is guiding the transformation of Friends General Conference into an anti-racist organization.
Check back in mid-winter 2019 for more details on this event
Beverly Ward serves as the co-clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness's UN Working Group and as SEYM Secretary for Earthcare. She is a member and past clerk of Tampa Monthly Meeting and a member of the SEYM Earthcare Committee. Beverly has taught several courses at the University of South Florida where she also worked as a faculty member in a research center. Her related experience includes conducting research and providing technical assistance to communities, local state and federal agencies, including environmental and social justice. Among her publications and papers is Saving Ourselves: The Need For Knowledge Sharing and Other Technology Transfer Among the Islands and Nation-States of the American Mediterranean in Response to Climate Change and Other Extreme Events. She is a past member of the several National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees and currently is the research coordinator for the TRB Environmental Justice Issues in Transportation Committee.
Friends Committee on National Legislation Executive Secretary Diane Randall and Immigration and Refugee Policy Legislative Representative Hannah Graf Evans will speak on "Love Thy Neighbor (No exceptions): Advocating for Welcome, Not Walls". Still in discernment is a third person who has direct personal experience of the immigration issues in the United States.
Songwriter, Folksinger, Storyteller, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Quaker John McCutcheon will be performing at Gathering for our Wednesday night all-ages concert. John's apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music...whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs...with the profound mark of place, family, and strength. His commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers. It is in live performance that John feels most at home. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."
Tony Fish is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the tribes Reintegration Program. In March of 2005, Tony assisted in the development and implementation of the first ever tribal reintegration program for ex-prisoners. Through his Leadership, Tony has been able to secure funding to build a regional transitional living facility for returning citizens. Tony has been an advocate for prisoner re-entry speaking at national forums, and appearing in the documentary “Never Give Up” for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and instrumental in working with the Oklahoma State Legislature in reform of current justice practices.
Two years after Friends General Conference’s governing body approved the initiation of an institutional assessment on systemic racism; a full report and summary with recommendations are now available.