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It's been a long, cold winter here in Philadelphia. Just outside our office, snow is still falling. But nevertheless, every day we see a new sign of spring. Just like the bulbs that that have worked quietly all winter to break out into bloom now that spring is in the air, we are seeing a flowering of ideas, projects, and ministries here at FGC.
Earlier this month, 65 Friends from across the branches of Quakerism gathered at Pendle Hill to talk about a common call: the need for spiritual deepening and religious education in our meetings and across the Religious Society of Friends. More about the consultation below and at our website.
QuakerSpeak, a web video series by Quaker artist Jon Watts in collaboration with Friends Journal, launched recently. New videos exploring the Quaker experience are posted every Thursday.
The New Meetings Project has a new website, providing a comprehensive resource for those looking to start a meeting or worship group in their area.
Spring also marks the opening of registration for the FGC Gathering of Friends. Registration opens on Wednesday
; browse more than 50 workshops now to decide which options you'll sign up for.
We hope you will take advantage of some of the programs and resources FGC offers to meetings. Thank you for reading, and we wish you a happy spring!
A Call Deeper - News from the FGC Consultation on Spiritual Deepening
In early March 2014, FGC brought together 65 Friends “to help make the full depth, joy, and fire of Quaker faith and practice highly available, teachable, and experiential for all those who are or will become part of our faith communities.”
This special consultation was organized by FGC in response to what many Friends see as a pivotal time in the Religious Society of Friends. Its goal was to discover seeds of ministry in the areas of religious education, spiritual deepening, and spiritual formation in order to move toward the vision expressed above.
The group, made up of Friends from across the US, Canada and from Great Britain, came from 23 Yearly Meetings and a host of Quaker organizations. Read more at our website >>