Vital Friends is FGC's monthly online newsletter featuring program updates, listings for FGC-sponsored events and learning opportunities, featured book titles from FGC's independent bookstore QuakerBooks, and more. To receive the Vital Friends eNewsletter, subscribe to FGC's email list here.
To encourage submissions from Friends and Quaker meetings, and to further our commitment to transparency, FGC is publishing the themes and release dates of its Vital Friends eNewsletter on our website for Fiscal Year 2020, which spans from October 2019 to September 2020.
In addition to a primary article related to the theme, each issue will feature an update from the Anti-Racism Implementation Group as well as information about FGC program opportunities for fellowship and learning.
We are most interested in receiving submissions about strategies for welcoming newcomers, announcements and epistles from Monthly Meeting and Yearly Meetings*, articles about how individual Friends and Quaker meetings and churches are putting their faith into action, and reflections about participating in FGC-organized and sponsored events (including the annual FGC Gathering, the White Privilege Conference, the Fall Retreat for Friends of Color, and Spiritual Deepening eRetreats).
Look below to view each month's theme, send date, and submission deadline. Submissions can be sent to Communications Manager Marta Rusek with the subject line Vital Friends Submission: [Month] [Year] via [email protected].
*We are unable to accept submissions for local event listings (except when livestreaming is available), fundraising appeals, or job opportunities.
October 2019 - Outreach and welcoming
Send Date: Friday, October 4th, 2019
Submissions Due: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
November 2019 - Quaker Publishing
Send Date: Friday, November 1st, 2019
Submissions Due: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
December 2019 - The Gathering issue
Send Date: Friday, December 6th, 2019
Submissions Due: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
January/February 2020 - Spirit-Led Activism
Send Date: Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Submissions Due: Friday, December 13th, 2019
March 2020 - Youth-focused issue
Send Date: Friday, March 6th, 2020
Submissions Due: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
April 2020 - Environmentalism/Sustainability
Send Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Submissions Due: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
May 2020 - Addressing Tough Topics Among Friends
Send Date: Friday, May 1st, 2020
Submissions Due: Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
June/July 2020 - Quakers and Technology
Send Date: Friday, June 5th, 2020
Submissions Due: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
August - Interfaith issue
Send Date: Friday, August 7th, 2020
Submissions Due: Tuesday, July 24th, 2020
September - Quakers and Meetinghouses
Send Date: Friday, September 4th, 2020
Submissions Due: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020