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.
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.
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.
The format of this year's Central Committee sessions was entirely new - with a focus on small group sharing, a panel discussion, concise committee reports, an introductory video for newcomers to Central Committee - all designed to enhance opportunities for the exchange of ideas among Monthly and Yearly meetings, both large and small. The energy released was exciting and, for many, exhausting. The significant changes in format, the unrelenting focus on FGC’s future direction, the anxiety of a budget that has improved over the past few years and is still not yet unsustainable, all funneled into intense discussions and worship until, finally, the body arrived at unity around direction for the way forward.
How do you say good-bye to a faithful Friend who identifies himself as a “Bad Quaker”? We’ll find out later this month when Brent Bill, Associate Secretary for Communications, Publications, and Outreach, retires from FGC to devote more time to his family and to his ministry as an author and speaker.
We’ve been listening to you, our customers, about how you want QuakerBooks to be of service and what kind of customer service you’d like. We are pleased to announce some important changes that will help QuakerBooks focus on our core services.
For this edition of Word by Friends, Marta Rusek asks Emily Provance, Interim Young Adult Field Secretary for New York Yearly Meeting, about outreach tools for Quaker meetings and her experiences using Facebook ads, and why the most effective outreach strategy for welcoming newcomers and seekers requires a holistic approach.