Meeting mentors received training to help them "walk alongside" a meeting over an extended period as it works on its challenges and opportunities. It is a process that includes prayer, worship, on-going dialogue, questioning, research, learning and reflection. The meeting mentor’s goal was to spiritually support the meeting where it is and with what it needs. A meeting mentor might work alongside a meeting for whatever length of time is agreed upon and be available in person or via electronic media.
The Friends listed here have traveled across the United States and Canada helping meetings through programs designed to assist meetings in becoming welcoming, deep, and warm.
· Grow Our Spirits (Inreach) – strengthening the meeting community, sharing personal journeys, and becoming welcoming and vibrant
The Friends listed here have been part of the Traveling Ministries Program which connected Friends with the gifts of Ministry to Quaker meetings requesting spiritual support. These experienced Friends offered assistance with deepening worship, building faith community, and navigating conflict with love. Visiting Friends provide meetings and individual Friend (including the visitors) opportunities to grow in the Spirit and know each other on a deeper spiritual level.
Social media provides an exciting opportunity for Quaker meetings to connect with Friends, newcomers, and seekers online. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have millions of followers eager to engage with other individuals and be engaged by content that adds meaning to their lives.
Organizations like FGC are using social media to:
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FGC Good News Bulletin, November 2004
One hundred and fifty Friends attended the 4-day annual sessions of FGC’s Central Committee last week. Every one of our fourteen affiliated yearly meetings, from Alaska to Florida, plus three non-affiliated but “unprogrammed” yearly meetings—Pacific, North Pacific, and Iowa Conservative—were well represented.
Friends General Conference (FGC) has shepherded QuakerQuest in the US and Canada since 2007. Over this time we’ve seen changes in the conversation about being welcoming and changes in the number of people in attendance at worship in participating meetings.