Friends General Conference

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FGC Gathering Committee

Volunteer Position

The Gathering Committee is responsible for planning the program of one annual Gathering and providing care for that Gathering when it meets. A new committee is constituted for each Gathering, starting in Spring of the previous year.

Who serves on the Committee?

The Gathering Committee is self selected and includes members of FGC’s Long Range Conference Planning Committee (LRCP) as well as members recruited from meetings located near the Gathering site. The 2020 Gathering is under the care of Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

Where is the 2020 Gathering?

The Gathering will be held at Radford University in Radford, VA, June 28 - July 4, 2020.

Who are the clerks of the 2020 Gathering Committee? 

Patsy Arnold Martin & Tony Martin (Roanoke Friends Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting)

When will the 2019 Gathering Committee meet?

  • May 3-4, 2019 at Gunpowder Meeting in Sparks, MD
  • Committee members who are present at the 2019 Gathering will meet briefly toward the end of the Gathering
  • Fall 2019, Blacksburg Meeting in Blacksburg, VA
  • Subcommittee clerks will meet in December, 2019
  • During the 2020 Gathering, the Gathering Committee meets daily June 28 (a day before the Gathering begins) through July 5

Responsibilities of Committee membership:

  • Attend meetings of the Gathering Committee (with occasional exceptions).
  • Serve on a subcommittee (including phone and email meetings).
  • Follow up on subcommittee and Gathering committee tasks, as agreed.

The Committee’s work during the Gathering: During the Gathering, the committee meets daily to hold the Gathering in the Light, to exercise care for the Gathering, and to address concerns that arise at the Gathering. Because members of the Gathering Committee are heavily involved in the functioning of the Gathering, some Friends may not be able to attend these daily meetings. A core group of Friends from each subcommittee should attend every day. These Friends should be able to speak to their committee‘s work. All Friends participating in these daily meetings should remember that these meetings are often confidential and should not be discussed outside of the Gathering Committee.

More Questions? Read the Gathering Committee FAQs!

How can I get involved?

The 2020 Gathering Committee is well underway it's work. There are many opportunities to volunteer when you register for the Gathering.

Go to Future and Past Gatherings.