Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


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.

2015 Workshop Descriptions

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For those wanting to become more whole-heartedly responsive to God's call to faithfulness and deep transformation.   In this workshop we'll explore the radical Quaker spiritual journey toward wholeness in God and help each other discern next steps in following our leadings. We'll pray for each other and go forth encouraged.

Workshop Number 1 | Marcelle Martin

The workshop will advance understanding and convey skills in identifying and engaging with conflict within Quaker meetings. How can engagement with conflict transform us and our meetings? What are the costs of ignoring conflict? How can we approach conflict in ways that are in alignment with our faith?

Workshop Number 2 | Heather M. Cook | F. Peter Phillips

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) uses experiential activities to practice peace personally, in community, and  globally.  This  will be a  classic though slightly shortened Basic workshop. We will experience the work directly while being introduced to applications which make a powerful contribution in the US and around the world.

Workshop Number 3 | Nancy Shippen

Chant, from many traditions, takes us directly to the place of Spirit. Starting simply, the music grows richer; the worship deepens. Various words for the Divine will be used, and every chant may not express every worshipper's truth. Expect joy, tears, healing, and surprises! No special singing experience is necessary.

Workshop Number 5 | Beverly Shepard

Through story sharing, interactive exercises, in-depth discussion, and personal reflection, participants will explore root causes of migration, discuss US-Mexico border issues and review sociopolitical realities affecting immigration. Participants will gain tools and techniques to take back to their Meetings to join the struggle in support of immigrant justice.

Workshop Number 7 | Lori Fernald Khamala | Chia-Chia Wang

We gather in God's presence, turning our souls' attention to the transforming power of Spirit, letting the giver of true life rise in our hearts and lead us in the way of truth and peace.

Workshop Number 8 | Jorge Arauz

This workshop offers Friends who love to dance -- any kind of dance -- a chance to reflect on dancing as spiritual practice : physical, emotional, communal, sexual, playful, grounding, transcendent. Sessions will have a balance of worship, dance, and discussion activities.

Workshop Number 9 | Jenny Beer

By studying Quakers and other mystics, we plan to experience a greater union with the Spirit in our lives. We will study and practice worship sharing, meditation, centering prayer, and a brief Tai Chi exercise, along with teachings from George Fox, Edgar Cayce, the Bible, Rex Ambler, and Thomas Kelly.

Workshop Number 11 | Jerry Knutson

An opportunity for non-economists to identify big issues and dynamics in our economic system; clarify links with environment, politics and culture; apply lens of faith values; and engage in spiritual muscle-building as we consider what we’re called to as individuals, community members, and citizens of this nation and earth.

Workshop Number 15 | Pamela Haines

This tumultuous period saw the Great Separation. The Underground Railroad. Traveling ministers. Quaker schools and colleges. The Civil War and conscientious objection. Peace work and missions. Revivals and pastors. See it all through the Autobiography of Allen Jay, who Rufus Jones called “the best-loved Friend in America.”

Workshop Number 16 | Joshua Brown