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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.