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.
Each month, FGC distributes up to three monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC, QuakerBooks, and the FGC Gathering. Below is the introductory text and links to our March 2020 newsletters for friends.
In response to local and statewide orders to shut down all non-essential businesses, FGC will close its main office in Philadelphia, PA today until we receive word that it is safe to reopen. Most of our staff has been working remotely since last week, so we still are available to help Friends and their meetings via email and social media.
Editor's Note: This month's update by the Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee was originally written to accompany the youth programming theme of the Vital Friends newsletter's March 2020 issue. In response to news reports of harmful behavior towards Asian Americans and individuals currently incarcerated, members of our committee were moved to issue a statement as part of our report. Authors are noted before each update.
In October 2019, Executive Committee joyously approved Pacific Yearly Meeting’s request to affiliate with Friends General Conference. We are grateful to have this opportunity to be in deeper relationship with Friends in the western United States and parts of Mexico, and to co-create possibilities that will enrich Friends across the continent.
We are aware of the growing concerns Friends have when it comes to the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), and we want to offer resources for you and your monthly meeting or church to help you plan ahead should your local community be impacted. Taking steps to safeguard each other’s health is important for the spiritual well-being of the meeting community.
Looking for resources to build and nurture the spiritual foundation of Quaker youth? Explore the resources below for activities for worship and movement, organizations and conferences for religious education, and print materials to build youth programming into your Quaker community!
This March, FGC is welcoming a new Conference Coordinator – and she is a familiar face in the Quaker community!
Valentine's Day is upon us, and you know what that means - time to send a Quaker Valentine to all the special Friends in your life! This year's batch of #QuakerValentines feature foxes, a reference to George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends.
Over the last several weeks, Australian Friends have received many expressions of concern from Friends around the world, in response to the recent bushfires and the devastation they have caused (are continue to cause). Presiding Clerk Ann Zubrick has sent this letter on behalf of Australian Friends to Friends everywhere, in response to these messages.