Friends General Conference (FGC) presented two separate events in July.
Virtual Gathering 2022, attended by 484 Friends, was held July 3–9 and carried the theme “. . . and follow me.” The event featured keynote addresses from Jackie Stillwell, whose topic was “A Journey of Resistance and Obedience”; Yolanda Webb, who spoke on the theme “. . . and follow me: On Being Human and Becoming Divine”; and Margaret Jacobs and Sa’ed Atshan, in a plenary conversation around the theme “Invoking Unsettling.” Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) sponsored a virtual dance party with DJ OHLA. Bible Half-Hour was facilitated by Leslie Manning of Durham (Maine) Meeting. Workshops were held throughout the week on various topics, including anti-racism, non-theism, writing, movement, and Quaker history.
During the same week, FGC also launched a smaller in-person event called YAY, a gathering for young adults, youth, and their families. This event, held July 6–10 on the campus of Radford University in Radford, Va., included intergenerational worship, recreation, workshops, and local excursions.
An in-person Gathering will return in July 2023 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore. The theme will be “Listen So That We May Live.”
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