What is the Gathering Committee? Each Gathering Committee is responsible for planning the program of one particular Gathering and providing care for that Gathering when it meets. A new committee is constituted for each Gathering. Friends serving on the committee are asked to serve on one of several subcommittees. The Committee first meets as a whole in the spring of the year prior to its Gathering (i.e.: the 2021 Gathering Committee starts meeting in the spring of 2021.) Read more about Gathering Committee.
How do I join the FGC Gathering Committee? The 2020 Gathering Committee is well into their work. If you're interested in helping plan the 2021 Gathering, there will be a form available in late winter, 2020, or contact the Gathering office. There are also many opportunities to volunteer when you register for Gathering. If you're interested in other committee service with FGC, see our Volunteer Interest Form.
What is Friends General Conference (i.e. FGC)? FGC is an association of fifteen yearly meetings and regional groups and fourteen directly-affiliated monthly meetings that serves Quakers with a vast array of programs and services. Learn more.
What is the FGC Gathering? About 1200 Quakers (mostly from the unprogrammed, liberal tradition) spend a week together on a college campus at different sites around the US and occasionally Canada. Attenders range from newborns to elders in their 90s. In structure, it’s part conference and part family camp. In content, it provides an abundance of opportunities to learn about Quakerism and to foster your spiritual life – and to have fun together. Read more about the upcoming Gathering.
Can I be on the Gathering Committee if I’ve never been to the Gathering? Absolutely. While it’s helpful to have some committee members with prior experience, all sorts of skills and experience are helpful in planning the Gathering.
What if I can’t afford to travel to meetings? Financial assistance is certainly available to those who need it. However, there is not assistance for the costs of travelling to the Gathering itself. Limited travel assistance to meetings is only available from locations in the U.S.A. and Canada.
What if I can’t afford to attend the FGC Gathering? Financial assistance of up to half the basic cost is available from FGC for Friends from FGC's member yearly meetings. Also, there are work-grant positions that would cover a greater percent of your costs, provided such work is compatible with your committee responsibilities. As well, many monthly meetings have funds for just these type of events.
What are the subcommittees of the Gathering Committee? Read a short description of the subcommittees.
Who do I contact with more questions? Please ask the Gathering Office staff 215-561-1700 ext 3200, or email Gathering Staff.