[saymaListserv] FYI Perry

Perry Treadwell perryt at bellsouth.net
Sat Feb 16 09:41:24 JEST 2002


Time to think of applying for grants from your monthly and yearly
meeting and from FGC so you can attend.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLEASE USE FOR YOUR NEWSLETTERS OR OTHER PUBLICATIONS!

You may request a digital copy of this release from
gathering at fgcquaker.org

Friends General Conference will hold the 2002 Gathering of Friends at
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, June 29-July 6, 2002. The
theme
is "To Be Gathered Still."

"Our theme recognizes the 350th anniversary of George Fox's vision from
Pendle Hill of a great people to be gathered," explains Gathering
Committee
co-clerk Paul Buckley, member of 57th Street Meeting in Chicago.

"Now, more than ever, we see that there are still so many who long to
experience the Divine embrace," adds Peggy Spohr of Richmond, Indiana,
who
is also co-clerking the Gathering Committee.

The Gathering Community will be gathered in worship, from the opening
meeting on Sunday morning through a closing meeting on Saturday, July 6.
On
Thursday evening, July 4, attenders will have an opportunity to
experience
some of the many forms worship can take as they participate in
All-Gathering
worship facilitated by Junior Gathering. A daily Bible half-hour, FLGC
worship and the Silent Center will also be available.

John Punshon, noted British Friend, will offer reflections on the theme
of
the Gathering on Sunday evening, June 30. He will also offer a series of

less formal afternoon sessions with interested Friends, reflecting on
the
nature and consequences of the traditional Quaker testimonies.

Monday evening, July 1, Quaker author Walter Wink will speak on
"Nonviolence
for the Violent." Friday evening will feature Mary Rose O'Reilley,
author of
The Barn at the End of the World.

Wednesday evening's traditional intergenerational music event will this
year
highlight talented Friends from our Gathering community in a "Quilt of
Quaker Musicians." Susan Stark will emcee the program, and promises a
variety of performers, each adding color to the quilt.

Junior Gathering Young Friends will explore in the midst of worship,
games,
arts, music and much more. Theme groups for children entering grades 1
to 7
will offer an alternative to age based programming.

High Schoolers may expect to experience a loving spiritual community
composed of friendship and zany antics. Adult Young Friends is a
community that provides an
intimate space within the Gathering for post high school age Friends to
live and have fun together while exploring their spirituality and roles
as
adult Quakers.

Music making and singing will abound. Yoga, contra dancing, folk
dancing,
and other movement opportunities will occur throughout the Gathering.
Friends creativity will be displayed, performed and celebrated again
this
year in the Lemonade Art Gallery. The Gathering Store will offer a
unique
collection of books, First Day School Materials, tapes, Gathering and
FGC
merchandise, and handcrafted consignment items.

Normal is located in the heart of one of the richest agricultural areas
in
the United States. In the center of the Illinois prairie, Normal is
easily
reached by interstate. Several airlines serve Bloomington-Normal's
airport,
15 minutes from the ISU. The Amtrak station is only two blocks from the
campus.

Friends General Conference has financial support for Gathering
attenders.
Scholarships and workgrants are available to help make Gathering
affordable.
First time attenders scholarships match grants from monthly and yearly
meetings. General scholarships assist families and individuals with the
expenses of room/board and registration. Workgrant opportunities include

staffing the Junior Gathering program, assisting at the information
desk,
helping with routine tasks or taking on a specialized assignment.
Additional
information is available from Liz Perch, Conference Coordinator, at the
address below. Friends are urged not to let cost issues keep them from
considering attendance.

Detailed information about the Gathering will be available in the
Advance
Program. The Advance Program is mailed to all Friends on Yearly Meeting
mailing lists in March and should arrive by 1 April 2002. You may also
request an Advance Program by contacting Friends General Conference at
1216
Arch Street, 2B, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 561-1700 or email
(gathering at fgcquaker.org).

More information about the Gathering and FGC is available on the World
Wide
Web at http://www.fgcquaker.org/gathering/. Access to the World Wide Web
is
often available at your local library.

The Gathering of Friends is a program of Friends General Conference,
which
provides resources to help members and attenders of constituent meetings

discover how God's Spirit is leading us individually and corporately and
to
follow that leading.


Liz Perch
Conference Coordinator
Friends General Conference
1216 Arch Street #2B
Philadelphia, PA  19107
(215)561-1700
lizp at fgcquaker.org
http://www.fgcquaker.org




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