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.
2020 has been a year of seismic shifts for the Religious Society of Friends. The novel coronavirus and concerns for the safety of Friends who were especially vulnerable to it prompted many monthly meetings and churches to halt in-person worship and organize virtual Meeting for Worship, and a majority of FGC's affiliated Yearly Meetings decided to hold their annual sessions virtually. Online worship has been uncharted territory for many of us, and for Friends who have been unable to participate in the experience of Quaker community and worship in-person, the past six months have offered a glorious window into new possibilities. This was especially true of the Virtual FGC Gathering, which welcomed 1,000 Friends from around the world to a week of web-based workshops, worship, and community for all ages.
Connect with Friends and go deeper in your spiritual experience with these upcoming virtual events in September, presented by New England Yearly Meeting, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and more. You're also invited to FGC's ongoing worship opportunities.
The new schedule for FGC's Vital Friends eNewsletter is now available! Themes for the coming Fiscal Year include "Quakers and Mental Health," "A Celebration of Quaker Authors," "The Many Flavors of Quaker Sexuality," and "The Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism: Where We Are Now".
Though many Quaker communities are worshipping online, through socially-distanced outdoor gatherings, or through a combination of the two at the time this piece was written, the ideas David Etheridge describes are worth reflecting on now and in the months to come as Friends consider how Quaker meeting houses and worship spaces can become more welcoming and inclusive of everyone who comes into them.
Each month, FGC distributes digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and QuakerBooks. Below is the introductory text and links to our newsletters we shared in July and August 2020.
Featured: Book Musings (July & August) and Vital Friends (August)
Finding common ground in our spiritual journeys through interfaith relationship-building is a powerful way to connect in the age of social distancing. Here are four ways to quickly start interfaith relationships that can make a difference for us all.
Sarah Haber is a member of the Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee. She contributed to FGC's Anti-Racism Ministry update in March 2020, and this past July, she co-facilitated the Self Care for People of Color workshop at the Virtual FGC Gathering. This article was written for the August 2020 Interfaith Issue of the Vital Friends eNewsletter.
Connect with Friends and go deeper in your spiritual experience with these upcoming virtual events in August, presented by FGC Friends, Pendle Hill, the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, and more. You're also invited to FGC's ongoing worship opportunities.
Special guest writer Sue Tannehill shares a story about how a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo worked with her Quaker community to create an English-to-Swahili translation of New York Yearly Meeting's Faith and Practice. This article originally appeared in FGC's Vital Friends eNewsletter.
FGC's Conference Coordinator Lori Sinitzky describes what it was like to transform the FGC Gathering, a beloved annual conference for Friends of all ages and backgrounds, from an in-person event to a virtual experience, and what we learned in the process.