May E-news: Traveling Ministers On Their Way!

FWCC NEWSLETTER
May 2017
Our Traveling Ministers are starting to travel.
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“The heart of FWCC’s mission calls us to serve as an instrument of healing and inspiration in the midst of polarizing tensions among Friends.”

This line from our 2015-2023 Weaving the Tapestry strategic plan still clarifies our work for me. This newsletter has reports from our recent Section Meeting about how Friends there experienced this mission. But you don’t have to travel to New York or Peru to be part of it.

If you would like to bring this healing and inspiring experience to your local meeting or church, invite an FWCC Traveling Minister to visit this year. These Friends in North and South America are ready and willing to bring the Friends World Committee to you – face to face and heart to heart.

And read all the way to the end to find the theme for World Quaker Day 2017!

Robin Mohr

In friendship,

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Robin Mohr
Executive Secretary

Host a Visitor from FWCC Section of the Americas
Traveling Ministry Corps
One Easy Way to Help the Section of the Americas!
At FWCC, every single gift makes a real difference in our bottom line. If you are already a donor to the Section of the Americas, thank you for your financial contribution. And if you are a U.S. Friend, you can make your gift even more powerful by becoming a “sustaining” or “recurring” donor to the Section, even if you are not able to increase your current contribution amount.
The Development Group, a small group of volunteers who help with fundraising activities for the Section, has set of goal of having 100 “recurring” donors by the end of 2017.  And we are getting close to meeting our goal! We were at 60 sustainers before the Section Meeting this past March, and succeeded in adding 30 new sustainers during the meeting.  If you give to FWCC once or twice a year, please consider going online to the SoA website where you can click on the prominent “Donate” button to see where you can enter your information to become a sustainer. Simply break your annual contribution into monthly or quarterly amounts that are automatically charged to a bank card or pulled from your bank account (monthly or quarterly) with a minimum contribution of $10 per interval.  And if you are able to round the amount up or increase it-even better.  Recurring contributions are not practical for Friends outside the U.S. because of currency exchange fees.

How does this help the Section? It evens our cash flow and gives us a more dependable revenue stream to continue our mission of making connections and building bridges among diverse groups of Friends.  Sustainers receive only one appeal letter and one thank you letter per year, so more of your donation goes to support our mission and less to administrative costs.

Sustainers on January 1 vs May 1 (2017)

Become a Sustainer!

Looking at Section Meeting Evaluations
Did you ever wonder, “why on earth am I filling out this evaluation, no one’s ever going to look at it and if they do what are they going to do with that information anyway?” The convocations committee would like Friends to know that we take the evaluations quite seriously. We have looked at them carefully as a committee and will refer back to them as we plan for future meetings. We want to share with you a few of the standout findings from the Section Meeting.
Areas for continued work included several requests to integrate more free time, more music and a better orientation for first time attenders. Some Friends also missed unprogrammed worship. It also seems we must be ever vigilant and keep working to make our gatherings completely bilingual and integrate all cultures in the Section of the Americas. The staff, facilities and food at Stony Point Center were all highly praised.
The responses regarding spiritual enrichment from the gathering were many and varied, almost all quite positive. It seemed clear that God’s love has no language barriers and flowed freely among us and that Friends had gathered with open hearts and minds. There were many reports of new learning, spiritual growth and inspiration. Connections were made across theological and geographic boundaries. It seemed many Friends left better prepared to do God’s work among Friends in the world

Events

What Is The Work of FWCC?

by Anthony Manousos

Friends at the 2017 Section Meeting

When we come back from FWCC gatherings, we are often asked, “What did you do there?” During a worship session, Friends had a chance to respond briefly to this question. Here’s a sampling of responses from the FWCC gathering that took place at Stony Point, NY, in March 2017:

  • FWCC has given me a place to be myself within the wider family of Friends, a perspective on Quakerism beyond the limits of my own meeting and tradition.
  • Esta reunión me ayudó en analizar cómo se encuentra mi salud espiritual, cómo está mi relación con Dios. [This meeting helped me to analyze how my spiritual health is, and how my relationship with God is.]
  • FWCC made me do the work of engaging with my Yearly Meeting, which has transformed my life, giving me important work of peacemaking among Friends.
  • In Pisac I became an elder for a group of young adults. After a long afternoon of spiritual accompaniment, I looked around for an elder so I could debrief. Then I realized the elder was me.
  • What I am called to do: raise awareness of the riches to which I am exposed so that others may come to know them, make connections, use my translation and interpretation abilities in the service of communicating things that can deepen our communities.

Read more at Anthony’s blog.

QUNO Geneva seeks a Representative, Peace and Disarmament
QUNO has an outstanding opportunity in their unique, integrated and friendly team. They seek a committed person with excellent leadership, analytical, visioning and inter-personal skills, and considerable knowledge and experience in relevant aspects of peace and disarmament, including at the United Nations.

S/he will carry forward and develop QUNO Geneva’s peace work, including input to QUNO’s other work and fundraising. The position is open to Quakers and those sharing Quaker values. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2017. Applicants should follow carefully the instructions provided in the job description.

World Quaker Day 2017
FWCC invites every Quaker meeting and church from around the world to celebrate WORLD QUAKER DAY (WQD) on October 1, 2017. The theme, Gathering in Worship Around the Globe, focuses on on uniting Friends in different parts of the world and from different traditions in one big virtual worshiping community. You can find videos and program guides on the Section of the Americas website.
Whatever you do as a worshiping community, we hope you will share this with others through FWCC. It can be very simple – send us a description, a poem, a short video from a mobile phone, a few photos – we will post them on this web site so that you can see what other churches and meetings were doing on the same day. There are three ways to let us know about your activities: Email items to us, post them to the FWCC World Office Facebook page, or Twitter, hashtag #wqd for posting to the website.
See how Friends around the world celebrated the day in 2016 at www.worldquakerday.org.
As the sun rises in each area of the world, we remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. We are united in love and accompany each other on this special day that draws us together. As we worship, we hold each other in prayer and thanksgiving, and let our hymns of praise resound across the world.
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