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. 

Where is the 2021 Gathering?

The Gathering will be held June 27 - July 3, 2021. We are currently planning for an in-person Gathering at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. In the current circumstances nothing is sure, so we are planning in a way that will allow us to respond to the fluid nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who are the clerks of the 2021 Gathering Committee? 

Barbara von Salis (Brooklyn Friends Meeting, NYYM), Patsy Arnold Martin & Tony Martin (Roanoke Friends Meeting, BYM)

When will the 2021 Gathering Committee meet?

  • June 5, 2020 online
  • Fall 2020 online
  • Subcommittee clerks will meet in December, 2020
  • During the 2021 Gathering, the Gathering Committee meets daily beginning a day before the Gathering begins through end of the Gathering.

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 2021 Gathering Committee is well underway it's work. There are opportunities to volunteer when you register for the Gathering.

Go to Future and Past Gatherings.