Dear Canadian Yearly Meeting,
We hope that you are having wonderful annual sessions.
We are writing to invite you all to FGC Gathering, July 2-8, 2017 at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York. This Gathering is being planned by a number of Canadian and New York Yearly Meeting F/friends – and if you would like to be involved in the planning, please be in touch. The next in person planning meeting will be held in Toronto in late September. Please contact katrina@fgcGathering2017.org for more information and to express your interest. The theme for Gathering 2017 is “Ripples start where spirit moves”. There will be all of the usual gathering activities such as having wonderful workshops; interest groups; field trips; junior gathering groups; high school program; young adult activities; pre gathering retreats for business, young adults and friends of Colour; as well as the various centers, camping and cooperative cooking. 2017 will also be the 100th anniversary celebration of American Friends Service Committee and the 50th celebration of Right Sharing of World Resources. We are excited that Canadian Young Friends are planning a weekend retreat to coincide with a group of them being able to then travel together to the Gathering, and hope that adults from Canadian Yearly Meeting will feel drawn to join us as well! There are limited scholarships for first time attenders, as well as work grants for a variety of service opportunities such as leading workshops, and working with the Jr gathering or high school programs. For the best chance of receiving scholarship money, be sure to apply during early registration in April.
If you have any questions, ideas or need more information, please get in touch.
All the best,
Katrina McQuail and Steve Molhke
Co-clerks FGC Gathering 2017
Ripples Start Where Spirit Moves