Workshops offer Gathering attenders the opportunity to be immersed in a topic with other interested Friends. Attenders stay in the same workshop throughout the week, helping form a mini-community within the Gathering. Each workshop meets from 9:00-11:45 AM each weekday. Most workshops include worship or worship-sharing each day.
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2013 Workshop Descriptions
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What does your spirituality say about drinking, using drugs (including tobacco), gambling, and overeating? Explore how recovery principles and practices work alongside Quaker faith and practice. Includes those who live with people with addictions or compulsions and others who wish to explore these issues in a safe and supportive environment.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop offers experiential exercises followed by reflection to examine our responses to situations where injustice, prejudice, conflict, frustration, and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence. The core of Fox’s, Gandhi’s, and Martin Luther King’s nonviolent approaches are practiced.
Survey of historical meanings and functions of Quaker testimonies, evolving through different eras, reflected in queries, pamphlets, journals, disownments. How did/do they feel? Consider their role in Quaker identity and what testimonies were and were NOT, with space for fresh consideration of the possibilities of God working through the RSOF.
Both individuals and meetings embody a dynamic balance among four aspects of spirituality: belief, community, activism, and mystery, which change with experience. In this “spiritual fitness” workshop, participants will assess their current spiritual profile and revitalize their corpus of individual spiritual practices, enhancing growth in awareness and faithfulness. (HG1, HG2)
Simple melodies and simple words sung over and over can become extraordinarily powerful, especially when each chant emerges from and returns to deep silence. Enter into and become part of a sacred river of sound and silence – trusting that its current will take you where you need to go. (PT, HG1, HG2)
The workshop will feature discussion of contemporary children’s books and ways they could be used in various Religious Education settings for both children and adults. We will also write some actual lessons utilizing books provided by the leader or participants.
The workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience sharing. All work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a $10 materials charge.
The Bible has played a vital part in Friends' experience and testimony since our beginnings. There is great power in reading and reflecting together in the Spirit, which is how we will spend most of our time, engaging the texts in an open, non-didactic framework. Beginners to experts, all welcome. (PT, HG1, HG2)
“Convergent Friends” describes a movement of Quakers coming together across the branches of Friends to discover the best of our tradition. We will explore different kinds of worship and share how God is at work in our lives. Come prepared to be changed by the Spirit present among us.
We worship. Gathered in God's presence, we deliver ourselves to the love and care of the Spirit, the giver of true life, peace, and understanding. (PT, HG1, HG2)