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White Privilege Conference March 20-23, 2019

This year’s White Privilege Conference (WPC) will be March 20-23, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As usual, FGC is offering discounts to all Friends. This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years. There will be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference. FGC is working on ways to support Friends with less expensive overnight housing.

Find out more and register with FGC to receive a discount

You will still need to register with the White Privilege Conference

What is the White Privilege Conference?

1. WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

2. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks.

3. It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.

4. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

5. WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism.

6. WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”

Who attends the WPC?

The conference is unique in its ability to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, nonprofit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, and members of the spiritual community and corporate arena. Annually, more than 1,500 attend from more than 35 states, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, and Germany.

Friends General Conference pre-registration for the White Privilege Conference is open. You must complete the Friends General Conference pre-registration form in order to receive the FGC group discount. Instructions for how to complete the whole registration process are provided on our pre-registration form. Additionally, folks requesting home hospitality will have the opportunity to sign up on this form.

Find out more and pre-register with FGC to receive a discount

You will still need to register with the White Privilege Conference

We encourage you to complete the registration form on the White Privilege Conference website as soon as possible because completing the FGC pre-registration does not reserve you a spot at the Conference. Your spot at the WPC will only be confirmed after you complete registration on their website.

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FGC announces discounts for families, teens, and young adults for the 2019 Gathering

Is this a year for you and your loved ones to go to the Gathering?

Thanks to a very generous donation to support family and youth attendance, FGC’s Gathering team has announced that the cost for attending the 2019 Gathering for families and teens has been substantially lowered. The Gathering, FGC’s highly-anticipated week of workshops, worship, and community for all ages and from all over North America, will be held at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa from June 30-July 6, 2019.

There will be substantial discounts on program fees as well as the availability of more scholarships for families, teens, and young adults, including:

  • Children and teen program fees are WAIVED
  • 50% of children and teen meal costs are COVERED
  • More scholarships are available to families and teens
  • Young adult Friends (age 18-35) receive a $55 discount on their program fee

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News on anti-racism steps in FGC

Posted 11/6/18

A few weeks ago, a detailed report and recommendations on steps we can take to move Friends General Conference toward being an anti-racist organization were brought to FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, by an FGC task force that includes three LEYM Friends. Central Committee, which includes a number of additional LEYM Friends, endorsed these steps and is moving forward with the work. You can read the October Progress Report for FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within FGC on FGC’s website at the following link:

https://www.fgcquaker.org/news/october-report-institutional-assessment-racism-task-force-recommendations-fgc-central-committee

In short, the approved Central Committee minute reads as follows:

Central Committee approves the establishment of a group to implement the work of the Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within Friends General Conference.  Its charge shall be to guide the transformation of Friends General Conference into an anti-racist organization.

Consistent with the decision of Central Committee in 2017 to prioritize the work of anti-racism, FGC commits to work to eliminate white supremacy within the Religious Society of Friends and to model anti-racism as we support the work of this implementation group.

Central Committee authorizes the Institutional Assessment Working Group (IAWG) to serve as a naming committee to bring forward the names of eight Friends to serve on this implementation group.  The names for the implementation group shall be brought forward for approval to Executive Committee at its winter 2019 meeting. The individuals to be recommended shall constitute at least 50 percent Friends of Color and consideration shall be given to include Young Adult Friends and broad geographic representation.

The Implementation Group will use the information and recommendations from the Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within Friends General Conference 2018 report to begin their work and its work shall not be limited to the scope of the report and its recommendations. The implementation group shall be accountable to Central Committee and will report its progress to each Executive Committee Meeting and annually to Central Committee.  Central Committee authorizes the IAWG to propose an appropriate budget to support the work of the implementation group and authorizes the Executive Committee to approve that budget at its winter 2019 meeting.

You can also read the Executive Summary and the the full Institutional Assessment Report to FGC’s Central Committee.

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Update on FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Racism Oct 2018

Posted 10/5/18

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting strongly supports FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Racism with both donations and participation. The Assessment is looking at where FGC Friends currently stand in being complicit with the institutionalized racism that permeates North American culture and how Quakers can move toward being anti-racist in our culture and institutions.

Three Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends serve on the Institutional Assessment Task Force: Marvin Barnes (Birmingham Meeting), Carolyn Lejuste (Red Cedar), and Dwight Wilson (Ann Arbor). The Task Force has just provided an update on the progress of their work as they prepare to bring recommendations for change to FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, later in October.

The report and links to background on the Assessment

More recent news as of 11/10/18

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