Friends General Conference

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News & Announcements


The Northern Yearly Meeting's 2018 session will be held at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI from May 25-28.  The theme of the session will be: "Hands on Justice: working for a non-violent and restorative justice system in our communities."  Everyone is encouraged to register online this year, if possible.

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The 2018 FGC Gathering will be at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH, from July 1-7, 2018.  Early registration begins April 2, 2018.  Registration will be closed from April 12th-19th.  Standard registration will begin April 20th.

For more information on the Gathering, please click on the following link: https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering.

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This summer the Meeting hosted its first Vacation Peace School with great success. From August 7-11, we spent morning in the company of 10 energetic children, exploring peace through story, meditation, and song; pursuing creative projects; painting and erecting a peace pole; and enjoying one another’s company. The children participated in cooperative games both outside and inside, enjoyed dances from around the world, and brightened the sidewalks in front of the Meetinghouse with chalk drawings.

 

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Being without a photo ID is unsettling.   Having one issued by the community you live, work and study in, extends a strong welcome and gives confidence.  Such IDs have been in place across the country since 2007 in cities like NYC, Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Phoenix.  They have also been adopted by smaller cities, like Northfield, and by counties.  They simply are a photo ID for people who are otherwise not able to have such an ID.

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Please Note: The following update is from Sharon Lane-Getaz, who is a member of CVFM and co-clerk of the Friends General Conference Institutional Assessment on Racism Working Group and the Task Force:

FGC Institutional Assessment on Racism Progress Report for April 2018

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On Feb. 15, 2017, the Governor of North Dakota ordered an immediate evacuation of the Standing Rock Water Protectors, who have been living in a camp to make a stand against the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.  The water protectors, along with their supporters around the world, have been protesting since last year to prevent the construction of the pipeline, which endangers sacred areas of tribal land and poses a threat to the purity of the main water source of the Standing Rock tribe, as well as the Missouri River itself.

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