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.

2014 Workshop Descriptions

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Elias Hicks was not who you thought he was. Even today, he challenges our opinions about Christianity; our relationships with God, creation and each other; and how Quakers lead faithful lives, earn a living, and are involved with government. Participants will consider how they respond to Hicks’ challenges.

Workshop Number 11 | Paul Buckley

Individuals and meetings embody a dynamic balance among four aspects of spirituality -- belief, community, activism, and mystery -- which change with experience. Participants will assess their "spiritual fitness" profile and revitalize their individual spiritual practices, enhancing growth in awareness and faithfulness.

Workshop Number 12 | La Verne Maria Shelton

All are called, few respond. Are you among the few? Our Religious Society depends on helping one another to be faithful as we support the ministries in our midst. We'll use tools and practice a process to ground a leading, enliven the meeting community, and hold all involved lovingly accountable.

Workshop Number 13 | Viv Hawkins | Lola Georg

An advanced workshop for Friends actively engaged in racial justice work. Through interactive activities and discussion we will focus on enhancing our understanding of racial and ethnic divisions. We will share approaches that have succeeded in helping people understand the impact of racism/classism and gender bias.

Workshop Number 14 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik

In this time of never-ending conflict, how does our peace testimony find expression--not only in the world, but in the nation, in our Meetings and communities, in our families and ourselves? What can we discover from sharing and reflecting on our own experiences? Let's come together and learn from each other.

Workshop Number 15 | Rosemary Coffey

Through sharing our experiences we affirm for Friends of color that what they know and feel is true, that they are heard and it matters; for white Friends we increase awareness of how to notice and change subtle racist behaviors. The last session will focus on individual and collective ways to counteract racism.

Workshop Number 16 | Kathy Miller | Victoria Greene

We will begin and end each day with worship that will include body prayer and movement. We will honor the stories of our lives (including stories in which "Love was the First Motion") using both words and art.  Art media will include string art, water colors, painting and making small books.

Workshop Number 17 | Jennifer Elam

Using real life examples and contributions from those directly involved, this workshop will focus on understanding our broken penal system, from the inequities in society and education that contribute to youth arrests, through incarceration and isolation, to the discrimination experienced by prisoners on release. Participants will explore practical action ideas.

Workshop Number 18 | Scilla Wahrhaftig | Lewis Webb, Jr.

Kundalini Yoga meets you where and as you are, asking only that you open yourself to its richness. This workshop includes various moving and held body and hand positions, and breathing, all to musical accompaniment. The practice attunes the body, quiets the mind, and opens the way for worship and communion with Spirit.

Workshop Number 19 | Ann Ritter

John Woolman’s journal from 1761-62 speaks to the need to be open and loving towards others with differing perspectives.  Through discussion of the journal and building mobiles, Friends will explore how our minds, hearts and spirits may respond to similar challenges we face today.

Workshop Number 20 | Tricia Milford