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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This is for persons who have known what they call a mystical experience to come and share  their experience. These sharings will be be grounded in Quaker meeting for worship. Those who seek such an experience or wonder how to name their experiences are also invited.

Workshop Number 21 | Elaine Emily | Joe Garren

This workshop will explore the role of boycott as a practice of Quaker faith in action, starting with an exploration of boycott as used by historical Quakers including John Woolman and working through to discussions of contemporary Quaker efforts to boycott settlement products profiting from the Israeli occupation.

Workshop Number 22 | Maia Hallward | Max Carter

We’ll explore Quaker involvement in prisons from 1790 to the present day. How responsible are we for the “penitentiary experiment?” What are the differences between reform and fundamental change of a broken system? What are we called to do in an era of mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow?

Workshop Number 23 | Laura Magnani | Jerry Elster

The apostle Paul’s quotes often resonate for Friends despite the dissonance we feel toward the Paul described by Christian tradition. As a community of learners, we will re-consider Paul’s Letter to the Romans, listen for its meaning for us today, and support each other to integrate our wider Gathering experiences.


Workshop Number 24 | Andrew Wright

Shift thinking about  individual pieces of the global crises to understand the wholeness of the Sustainability Spectrum. Energy, water, food, population, money and economics, world resources, and poverty all interact  in profound ways. Come learn how Seeking Wholeness (including Spirit) can solve the greatest challenge of our time.

Workshop Number 25 | Roy Taylor

Strong and shy singers are welcome to join this circle of f/Friends singing rounds, sacred chants, spirituals, peace songs, hymns, and fun songs. We will sing together to energize our bodies and nurture our souls, with music that affirms our diversity, reflects our beauty, and celebrates our unity.

Workshop Number 26 | Ruth Fitz

Do you or your meeting have difficult discussions about money? Do folks who understand the Spirit seem to discount finances? Conversely, do folks who understand finances seem unspiritual to others? This workshop aims to bridge this gap by exploring monetary issues within a spiritual framework.

Workshop Number 27 | Lola Georg | Viv Hawkins

Individuals and meetings embody a dynamic balance among four aspects of spirituality—mystery, activism, belief, and community—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 28 | LVM Shelton

People of faith are called to work with our neighbors to foster a spiritually fulfilling, socially just, and ecologically sustainable human presence on our planet. This workshop will provide ideas and tools on how to face our global challenges through local Transition Town Movement organizing.

Workshop Number 29 | Ruah Swennerfelt | Steve Chase

We will explore the triple jewels of movement, meditation, and writing as a means of being present to ourselves. Through basic yoga poses, breathing, meditation, and writing, participants will experience their own creative integration of body, mind, and spirit. Each student will develop a practice to take home with them.

Workshop Number 30 | Ann Hostetler