FGC Program Arrives! Oops, too late
Today is March 30. Online registration for said Gathering opened March 1 and closed on March 6. To be fair, if you really want to go, you can still put your name on the waiting list. If you want more information, you can read why it is closed and what FGC is doing about it. But they already have more people on the waiting list than they have room for. I have heard that FGC is working hard to rectify a difficult situation as much as they can. I empathize, and I don't envy their position.
But I am really sad that some of the people I have come to know in the Northwest through this blogging thing are not going to be able to attend. I had hoped that there would be a real chance for a broad Convergent Friends conversation. I'm sure there will still be opportunities for folks to get together, but I don't know exactly what all they will be. And I'm trying to stay humble, especially because I've never been to a FGC Gathering before, and I am not familiar with the customs, conventions and hot buttons of the Gathering.
I had one idea, that arose from a string of comments on Kathy from Oregon's blog, Life 103.
What if everyone came to the opening meeting for worship on Sunday afternoon, even if they weren't officially registered for the Gathering?
What if it were truly open to anyone who wanted to come and worship with maybe 1500 Friends gathered in the Northwest? What if we advertised it to Friends in Northwest Yearly Meeting (EFI)and North Pacific Yearly Meeting (unaffiliated)? What if we advertised it to the general public? What kind of work would this require? What kind of permits, planning, preparation? Would it even be worth it? Would it end up being ungrounded, a popcorn meeting, hijacked for a multitude of agendas? What kind of faithfulness would be required? What would George Fox do?
Is it even my place to ask these questions? Is this just a whim or is it a leading to work on this idea? Is there some piece of this that is right and true and has my name on it? O Lord, let us pray.
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