For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face.
1 Corinthians 13:12a
Visitation is the essential work of FWCC. Visitation is like opening windows and letting the light of understanding shine in. Through visitation, Friends meet “face-to-face and heart-to-heart” to share both that which unites and that which divides them in the life of the Spirit. With God’s help, open exchange builds understanding, respect, trust and love, and renews awareness of a world-wide family of Friends.
Salt and Light
In 2010, the Section of the Americas sponsored visitors from twelve different yearly meetings in nine countries to visit local churches and meetings and speak on the theme of the 6th World Conference of Friends, “Being Salt & Light: Friends Living the Kingdom of God in a Broken World.” Over the course of two years, over 1700 Friends at over 55 gatherings in eight countries throughout the Americas were reached by this program. For some Friends this was a rare opportunity to welcome Quaker ministry from afar, to learn about how Friends express their faith within the global family of Friends, and to ask each other: how do Friends hope to be the salt, and be the light, in their local communities?
Read more about this successful program.
In 2012, a new theme will be chosen based on the experience of Friends at the 6th World Conference in Kenya. Until that theme is chosen, we are calling this program “New Light.” Meetings and churches (including quarterly meetings and yearly meetings) who would like to receive a visitor in the coming year are encouraged to inform the FWCC office as soon as possible by sending us an email.
Friends who have a leading to share a message on this “New Light” theme with Friends in other yearly meetings will be encouraged to apply to be a New Light speaker. New Light speakers will be selected by the New Light/Visitation Resource Group. FWCC sponsors visitors who express concerns that are deeply rooted in the Spirit, and who can transcend differences and division to seek broader unity in the Light. If you would like to be considered as a New Light speaker, please read the following information [coming soon] and then email us as soon as possible.
Friends who would like to support this essential work of FWCC are welcome to make financial donations. Click here to make a donation to the Section of the Americas.
Long Term Visitation Program
For many years FWCC Section of the Americas sponsored visitation between Yearly Meetings across North America. Gradually, this has come to include more and more visitation exchanges between Latin American and US/Canadian Friends. Our goal is still to further draw the strands of Quakerism in the Americas together into the rich tapestry that is the Religious Society of Friends. After the Section Meeting in 2013, Friends will evaluate the progress of the New Light visitation program and consider whether to continue in this format or to experiment with other forms of visitation.