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Vital Friends: Schedule for FGC's Monthly eNewsletter for 2021 Announced

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By Marta Rusek, Communications Manager | 8/26/20


Vital Friends is FGC's monthly online newsletter featuring program updates, listings for FGC-sponsored events and learning opportunities, featured book titles from FGC's independent bookstore QuakerBooks, and more. To receive the Vital Friends eNewsletter, subscribe to FGC's email list here



The schedule for FGC's Vital Friends eNewsletter is now available!

Keep scrolling to see upcoming themes, deadlines, and send dates for our eNewsletters between October 2020 to September 2021. In addition to articles related to the theme, each issue will feature an update from the Institutional Assessment Implementation Group, plus information about FGC program opportunities for fellowship and learning. 

We encourage Friends to send us articles about their experiences as Quakers, virtual event invitations, announcements and epistles from their Monthly Meeting and Yearly Meetings*, and reflections about their experiences participating in FGC-organized and sponsored events (including the annual FGC Gathering and Spiritual Deepening eRetreats).

For virtual events, we encourage Friends to include the title, the name of the presenting organization, a brief one to two-sentence description, the starting time in multiple time zones, accessibility details (captions, sign language interpretation, Spanish interpretation, etc), and a registration link.

Look below to view each month's theme, send date, and submission deadline. Submissions can be sent to Communications Manager Marta Rusek with the subject line Vital Friends Submission: [Month] [Year].

*We are unable to accept submissions for fundraising appeals or job opportunities.  


October 2020 - The Back to School Issue, COVID-19 Edition

Send Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Submissions Due: Friday, September 18th, 2020

November/December 2020 - Quakers and Mental Health

Send Date: Friday, November 6th, 2020

Submissions Due: Friday, October 23rd, 2020

January 2021 - Quaker Theology and Practice

Send Date: Friday, January 8th, 2021

Submissions Due: Monday, December 21st, 2020

February 2021 - Looking Forward to the FGC Gathering

Send Date: Friday, February 5th, 2021

Submissions Due: Friday, January 22nd, 2021

March 2021 - The Clerking Issue

Send Date: Friday, March 5th, 2021

Submissions Due: Friday, February 19th, 2021

April 2021 - A Celebration of Quaker Authors

Send Date: Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Submissions Due: Friday, March 19th, 2021


May 2021 - Quakers and Art

Send Date: Friday, May 7th, 2021

Submissions Due: Friday, April 23rd, 2021

June/July 2021 - The Many Flavors of Quaker Sexuality

Send Date: Friday, June 4th, 2021

Submissions Due: Tuesday, May 21st, 2021

August 2021 - The Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism: Where We Are Now

Send Date: Friday, August 6th, 2021

Submissions Due: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2021

September 2021 - Quakers and Meeting Houses

Send Date: Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Submissions Due: Friday, August 20th, 2021