Young Adult Friends to Gather in South Africa

A gathering for Young Adult Friends from around the world will be held from 1 – 5 August 2024, immediately before the FWCC World Plenary Meeting, from the 5 – 12 August 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is a special opportunity and some funding support is available from FWCC America’s Section for interested Young Adult Friends.

Inspired by the Southern African word ubuntu, the theme will be based on Galatians 3:28 : “There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” The event is intended to improve mutual understanding of Quaker diversity amongst Young Adult Friends worldwide, to reinforce international Quaker identity, and to re-establish the Young Adult Friends global network, leading to joint actions and plans. The event is planned by an international team consisting principally of Young Friends from Africa, with some representation from elsewhere, supported by elders from Southern Africa Yearly Meeting and the Africa Section.

This post is to encourage young adult Friends, ages 18-35, to attend both conferences. Registration is open now at FWCC World Plenary Meeting. The cost for both conferences, all 12 days including room, board, and program, is $1300 for Friends from higher income countries like the US and Canada. For lower income countries, the cost is $130. Airfare and other expenses are separate.

The FWCC Section of the Americas is able to offer seven subsidized places for young adult Friends at the conference, at the $130 rate. To apply, please use the attached form and apply by November 17, 2023.

Most participants will need to arrange their own travel costs, but participants who need support can access this through the Young Adult Friends Development Fund. Applications for the conference subsidy can be made simultaneously. All participants should show a demonstrable commitment to Quakerism locally, through connection with Friends in their home country.

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