Here you will find news items of interest about FGC. We will also feature news items from other Quaker Organizations in the United States and Canada at their request.
In this reflection from Regina Renee Ward of the Institutional Assessment Implementation Group, she describes how the experiences of the 2013, 2016, and 2019 FGC Gathering have shaped her understanding of Quaker community.
FGC's General Secretary Barry Crossno and Quaker author J. Brent Bill have collaborated on a new Pendle Hill pamphlet that examines the spiritual process of vocal ministry. On Vocal Ministry: Nurturing the Community through Listening and Faithfulness includes discussion questions and a detailed diagram for Friends and anyone who feels led to hold the spiritual welfare of their meeting.
Each month, FGC distributes two monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and QuakerBooks - Vital Friends and Book Musings. Below is the introductory text and links to our November 2019 newsletters for friends.
Each month, FGC distributes two monthly digital newsletters to share updates and information about FGC and QuakerBooks - Vital Friends and Book Musings. Below is the introductory text and links to our October 2019 newsletters for friends.
This Fall, FGC welcomed Olivia Pandolfi as its Ministry on Racism Program Fellow. Olivia (pronouns they/them) will participate in the Ministry on Racism Program Fellowship between now and July 2020 in FGC's main office in Philadelphia.
As Co-Clerk of the FGC Institutional Assessment Working Group and Task Force, I am pleased to write with a sense of joy and grace to Friends everywhere that our work has drawn to its natural conclusion as the Implementation Group has been fully formed and is ready to take this work forward.
The Institutional Assessment Implementation Group recently gathered at Pendle Hill for our first annual face-to-face meeting. The Committee of ten Friends with the Ministry on Racism Program Fellow, Olivia Pandolfi, successfully established trust and built a community.
J. Brent Bill is a Quaker who’s been publishing articles and books since 1983. In that time, he’s learned a thing or three about getting his work published – starting with how to pitch his ideas to editors. Here are a few of Brent's suggestions for Friends who want to prepare a book proposal.
After Joe Rockey of Lake Forest Friends Meeting felt a leading to serve as a greeter at Meeting for Worship, he decided to participate in the Welcoming Friend Project, which introduced him to new concepts and strategies that helped him become a more welcoming Friend to new visitors.
Within FGC, a lot has changed institutionally, but a lot needs to be done to become a truly welcoming and inclusive association of Quaker meetings and churches. The feedback we’ve received so far, from Friends who engage with us in-person and online, indicates that our work toward becoming an anti-racist faith community is resonating and needs to keep moving forward.