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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.

In his October Vital Friends message, General Secretary Barry Crossno discusses Quaker decision-making, and lifts up resources to help Friends refresh their understanding of classic Quaker decision-making, and invite them to perhaps explore new techniques.

| October 4th 2018

This summer, Vanessa Julye, the Coordinator of FGC's Ministry on Racism program, delivered an honest, inspirational keynote address to Friends at North Pacific Yearly Meeting.

FGC News | October 2nd 2018

This fall, FGC welcomes Shaina Robinson as our Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) Fellow for the 2019 service year and Lori Sinitzky, who is our first Spiritual Deepening Program Fellow!

FGC News | September 27th 2018

After 13 years of dedicated service to Friends, our Junior Gathering Coordinator Patsy Arnold Martin is retiring in October. We are so grateful to Patsy for the passion, warmth, and sense of adventure she has brought to our office and our community of Friends. We wish Patsy light and love as she begins this new journey.

FGC News | September 25th 2018

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).

FGC News | September 19th 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!

FGC News | August 24th 2018

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).

| August 24th 2018

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).

| July 27th 2018

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.”

| June 24th 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.

| June 18th 2018