Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


Here you will find news items of interest about FGC. We will also feature news items from other Quaker Organizations in the United States and Canada at their request.

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.
| March 26th 2018

In January 2018, FGC began the search for a Friend to help test and evaluate practices for welcoming newcomers as part of the upcoming Welcoming Friend Project.

FGC News | March 26th 2018
The Institutional Assessment Task Force has created a timeline of major milestones from now until October, including the development of an online survey to circulate among Friends at FGC.
| March 23rd 2018
Jean-Marie Barch, clerk of FGC's Committee for Nurturing Ministries and member of Executive Committee, describes how the Quaker way has made a difference in her life, and why she is a (very!) active participant in the FGC community.
FGC News | March 15th 2018
Women have been ministers of Quaker faith and practice since it began in the 17th century. March is Women's History Month, and in this month's issue of Vital Friends, FGC is highlighting women in ministry who have contributed (and continue to contribute) so much to the life of our community. Meet a few of the many Friends who fill our community with Light, Love, and Inspiration
FGC News | March 4th 2018
The Institutional Assessment Task Force continues to lay the groundwork for gathering evidence of the gap between our perception and our reality of systemic racism within Friends General Conference. Using the knowledge and tools learned from Crossroads at the November 2017 workshop, each of the three Task Force subgroups (The Continuum, Power Matrix, and Survey teams) have developed potential questions to be used in a survey of the FGC constituencies, stakeholders and governance members.
FGC News | February 28th 2018


Judy Williams delivered the statements below as a message during worship at New England Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions in August 2017. The text of her message below has been edited for clarity and grammar. 


Quaker News | January 29th 2018

Our faith as Friends calls us to respect and nurture that of God in everyone. That includes advocating for an end to white supremacy and racism. This year, FGC is lifting up three ways Friends can live into beloved community by challenging racism in their Quaker meetings:

Quaker News | January 29th 2018
Once again, we are pleased to offer an FGC Institutional Assessment on Racism update, as requested by petition at the 2016 Gathering. In 2017 FGC retained Crossroads, a nonprofit organization that works with faith communities to facilitate working toward anti-racist transformation. Crossroads has contracted with us to train and work with FGC over the next year to conduct our Institutional Assessment.
FGC News | January 9th 2018
What a year it has been, filled with opportunities to go deeper in our spiritual journeys and discern our place in a world that is rapidly changing. See how the world of Friends has changed over the past year by taking a look at our past issues of Vital Friends, our monthly organizational eNewsletter, and BookMusings, which shares new titles and engaging articles from the staff of QuakerBooks.
FGC News | December 13th 2017