With divine guidance, staff and volunteers provide services and resources for individual Quakers, Quaker meetings and people interested in the Quaker faith and practice. The work of FGC can be summarized into three areas of endeavor:
- To hold conferences and consultations
- Provide Religious Education materials and opportunities
- To host programs and initiatives for and on behalf of our members
FGC is an association of local and regional Quaker organizations primarily in the United States and Canada. FGC is a volunteer led association. Our focus areas and related projects are determined by volunteers representing our affiliates and consistent with FGC’s organizational Minute of Purpose and Vision Statement.
Founded in 1900, FGC has grown from a voluntary organization of seven yearly meetings, created to hold a “general conference” every other year, to an association of sixteen yearly meetings, supplemented with regional groups and individual meetings. FGC continues to sponsor an annual Gathering of Friends. See a list of our affiliates and an historical list of the Gatherings below.
Stewardship & Financial Information
Consistent with Quaker testimonies and practices, FGC seeks to use resources effectively with a concern for simplicity and openness. FGC is funded through the support of Quaker meetings, individuals and foundations. FGC is a 501c3 organization. See the Stewardship & Financial Information page below.
FGC is governed consistently with Quaker practices. At the heart of the organization is the commitment of individuals, in community, to discern and act upon the will of the divine. The organizational structure and culture are described in more detail on the Governance page below.
We envision a vital and growing Religious Society of Friends—a faith that deepens spiritually, welcomes newcomers, builds supportive and inclusive community, and provides loving service and witness in the world.
Friends General Conference, with Divine guidance, nurtures the spiritual vitality of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) by providing programs and services for Friends, meetings, and seekers.
- Alaska Friends Conference consisting of 250 members in Alaska
Friends General Conference is an association of fifteen yearly meetings or regional groups, and thirteen directly affiliated monthly meetings.
Setting direction, and much of the work of FGC is done by volunteers. Clerks coordinate the work of committees. The clerks are listed by committee alphabetically.
Stewardship of Resources & Financial Information
Staff and volunteers at FGC are deeply concerned about faithful and responsible stewardship of the resources that make the work of FGC possible. Our stewardship efforts have four components:
There is a Quaker Cloud website specifically for Central Committee members with minutes, resources, reports, meeting information, and correspondence from FGC staff.
At its heart, FGC is a member and volunteer led organization.
The way FGC operates is deeply rooted in the Quaker testimonies and based on Quaker practices.
Precursor Conferences (pre-1900)