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May Vital Friends: New York Yearly Meeting, Reflections on the White Privilege Conference, Resources for your meeting using the QuakerCloud, the Yearly Meeting Visitors Program, and Book list.

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Dear Friend,

As you make plans for the summer such as post-graduation trips, picnics, and registering for the 2016 FGC Gathering, we invite you to turn your sunny thoughts to new opportunities for collaboration and connection among Friends. In this newsletter we're sharing Quaker news from New York Yearly Meeting, an individual reflection on the White Priviliege Conference, and an opening for a new Online Communications Fellow at Friends General Conference. As you get ready to attend annual sessions at your Yearly Meeting we hope you'll take a moment to read about the connection and collaboration support by Friends General Conference's Yearly Meeting Visitors Program. Another way to connect broadly among Friends is the Quaker Cloud, we share Gunpowder Friends Meeting's tips in this newsletter. And be sure to check out more ways to learn and grow in Religious Education through an upcoming QREC gathering, and a book recommendation list for friends of all ages.


In the Spirit,
FGC Staff

This issue contains:
- FGC Friends: New York Yearly Meeting
- White Privilege Conference
- Seeking Online Communications Fellow
- Program Spotlight: Yearly Meeting Visitors Program
- Resource: Using the Web to Bring Seekers to Your Meeting
- Children's and Young Adult Recommendations Book List
- "Instilling Quaker Identity through Religious Education"

New York Yearly Meeting

 FGC Friends is a feature of our monthly Vital Friends eNewsletter that highlights a Quaker meeting, organization, or individual Friends who work with FGC to nurture faith and Quaker practice. We're pleased to feature FGC-affiliated New York Yearly Meeting for the month of May.

White Privilege Conference


Piper Lewis shares her reflections on the White Privilege Conference, and highlights from the notes she took at the Conference. Read more here.

Seeking Online Communications Fellow


Are you computer savvy? Interested in social media? Excited to share the good work FGC is doing with the wider Friends community and the world? Come help tell FGC's story!
photo by Joann Clapp Fullagar

Program Spotlight: Yearly Meeting Visitors Program

Through the spring and summer many Yearly Meetings are having their annual sessions. If you go to annual session, be sure to keep an eye out for your Friends General Conference Yearly Meeting Visitor. FGC has been sending the Yearly Meeting Visitors (both staff and volunteers) for many years. As we collaborate with Yearly Meetings, the Yearly Meeting Visitor’s program allows FGC to have an informed perspective of the excitement and work occurring in our affiliated Yearly Meetings. Read more about the Yearly Meeting Visitors Program here.

Resource: Using The Web to Bring Seekers to Your Meeting

Jennifer Robinson of Gunpowder Meeting shares the tips for how to make a Meeting website that can help draw seekers like herself. Many potential newcomers use the web to find a spiritual home. Gunpowder Friends Meeting now uses the Quaker Cloud to be accessible and welcoming to new attenders and seekers, and to foster community of those already attending the Meeting. You can read Jennifer’s tips here:https://www.fgcquaker.org/resources/beautiful-simplicity-tips-gunpowder-friends-meeting-using-quaker-cloud

Want more information on the cloud, check it out: http://www.fgcquaker.org/services/quaker-cloud

FGC will be holding a pre-Gathering retreat for Meetings interested in Quaker Cloud or using the Quaker Cloud. We hope you will  attend. https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering/programs-and-events/pre-gathering-events/your-meeting-online-support-meeting There will also be afternoon information sessions held at Gathering!

photo by Joann Clapp Fullagar

Children's and Young Adult Recommendations Book List

Are you looking for a good gift for a child you love? Engaging reads for first day school? Check out this list of thought provoking and inspirational stories not only for Children and Young Adults, but all ages!
Reading List.

"Instilling Quaker Identity
through Religious Education"
 


Registration is open for the Quaker Religious Education Collaboration's 3rd Annual gathering June 10-12th. 

Read more and Register here.
 
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