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 year, FGC is nurtures the spiritual gifts of young Quaker leaders through its Clerks Training for Adult Young Friends and High Schoolers. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the format and length of this year's training have been updated to meet the needs of its participants and facilitators. In this update, Gathering Youth Coordinator Marian Dalke describes the scope of the training, while FGC's Development Team shares how your support makes this vital ministry possible.
February 14th is the day the world celebrates as Valentine's Day. Quakers are guided by love and believe every day is sacred, so we invited some special Friends to help us share the love for this year's #QuakerValentines!
Each month, FGC distributes digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and its programs. Check out the introductory text and links to the newsletters and updates we shared in January 2021, including Vital Friends, Book Musings, and the FGC Gathering Update.
Connect with Friends and go deeper in your spiritual experience with these upcoming virtual events in January, presented by Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, and more. You're also invited to FGC's ongoing worship opportunities.
As Friends, we wear our hearts on our sleeves. It's time to wear our Quaker spirituality on our sleeves, too! To help foster creativity and spread the word about the Religious Society of Friends and our faith, FGC is hosting a t-shirt contest!
Did you know that each year, the entire month of February is devoted to libraries and the people who love them? There is so much to adore when it comes libraries, especially within the Quaker community. Libraries are a vital resource both in our meeting spaces and online, as they help new and existing Friends as well as spiritual seekers deepen their experiences of Quaker spirituality. If you're looking for ways to celebrate the library experience as a Quaker, here are some ideas!
Explore upcoming events with the Ministry on Racism Program at FGC, and discover resources for language justice and access!
Our High School and Junior Gathering Committees spent much of the summer reflecting on 2020 Virtual Gathering and taking note of areas to grow this year. In the fall we began offering year-round youth programs as a way to stay in touch with FGC youth and create opportunities for community and fellowship throughout the pandemic.
Yesterday, the United States and the world witnessed an act of insurrection at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Friends General Conference condemns this violence and the attacks on the electoral process, prays for the safety of everyone involved, and calls for nonviolence and de-escalation as the situation continues to unfold.
Here's what we affirm as Friends.
The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way Quakers connect and worship. The pandemic also revealed opportunities for our meetings and churches to consider as we move toward a post-COVID world. Here are four questions to reflect on as a community when the pandemic is over and we can gather for worship and events in-person again.