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Get Involved in the Welcoming Friend Project

The Welcoming Friend Project

Exploring ways to bring new visitors more fully into the life of Friends Meetings

There are several ways to get involved with the Welcoming Friend Project:

As a welcoming meeting:

Your meeting may join the Welcoming Friend Project as a participating meeting. We are recruiting meetings to experiment with different techniques of welcoming and engaging newcomers, to reflect on their experiences, and to report back to our working group. Learn more about joining the Welcoming Friend Project as a participating meeting.

As a Friend with a concern for welcoming and engaging newcomers:

If you carry a concern for welcoming and engaging newcomers, there are two ways you can participate or support this work.

  • We would love to hear about your successes engaging newcomers, especially newcomers of Color, families and LGBTQ folks. There is a growing interest in creating a network of Friends engaged in this work, so we encourage you to let us know what you are doing so we can share your experiences with others. As way opens, we may create a virtual interest group for Friends carrying this concern.
  • If you feel strongly drawn to this work and have experience in welcoming, being welcomed, or not being welcomed, AND if you have time to help us carry out this project, we are still looking for working group members to carry this project forward. For information about what we’re looking for and what’s expected, visit our Welcoming Friend Project Working Group page
  • If you have experience of being welcomed well or not being welcomed well, our working group will be interested in learning about your experience. Send us an email ([email protected]) and we’ll be in touch about a time to learn about your experiences in the coming months.

Just curious and want to learn more about welcoming newcomers?

Stay tuned! In the spring and summer of 2019 as we will be sharing our learnings out with you. We’ll share what we’re learning on our social media, we’ll offer workshops based on what we learn, as an eRetreat and at the gathering.  Sign up for the Welcoming Friend email list to receive project updates and resources.  

Questions? Ideas?

We’d love to hear from you! Contact:

Holly Baldwin, Welcoming Friend Project Assistant