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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Weaving a Wider Welcome

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Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many of you that the answer to that question is often no. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits-- especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color.  In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Why people don’t come back and why people choose to engage.
  • Ways meetings can shift their culture to become more newcomer-friendly
  • Effective ways to better reach newcomers, with a special focus on seekers of Color, LGBTQ folks, and families with young children. Spoiler alert: what is enriching for newcomers also benefits longtimers!

eRetreat Details:

  • Offered October 27 - November 22, 2019
  • Four weeks, $35 pay-as-led participation fee
  • The (optional) weekly Community Building Calls will be on Tuesdays at 8:15pm Eastern / 5:15pm Pacific, from October 29  - November 19.

eRetreat Weekly Themes:

Week 1: The Needs of Newcomers

Week 2: Undoing Assumptions

Week 3: Getting Messy

Week 4: Quaker Tools for Transforming our Communities

Register Now for this eRetreat!

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The Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat will be co-facilitated by Holly Baldwin and Eppchez Yes.

Holly Baldwin served as the Project Coordinator for the Welcoming Friend Project in 2018-2019. She is formerly the Director of Beacon Hill Friends House, a Quaker community and center in Boston, MA. She carries a concern for welcome, insider/outsider dynamics and antiracism. Holly is a member of Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting in Cambridge, MA, and is sojourning at Albuquerque Monthly Meeting in New Mexico.

Eppchez Yes is a theater artist, musician and designer based out of Philadelphia. Eppchez is a member of Northampton Monthly (NEYM) and attends Green St Meeting where ey live in Pennsylvania. Ey served on FGC's Welcoming Project working group and facilitated monthly calls with early participants.