Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Workshops

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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When was the last time your entire body relaxed, you were free of worry, and you really laughed? Wouldn’t it be great to have all this 5 mornings in a row? Learning simple energy work, massage, and meditation will deliver this gift of grace. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.

Workshop Number 41 | John Calvi

Let’s face it, many of us are uneasy with the topic of death.  Join us as we explore our emotional and spiritual relationship to death and dying using artistic elements such as collage, music, poetry, photography, and more.  This workshop will be particularly helpful to personal and professional caregivers.

Workshop Number 42 | David Foster | Julie Hliboki

You are invited to experience living more from the center, grounded in God, listening to the Spirit, and present in the moment while challenged by the busyness of the Gathering. We will practice together spiritual disciplines that encourage contemplative living: worship, walking meditation, contemplative scripture reading, worship sharing, active silence.

Workshop Number 43 | Patty Levering | Jan Blodgett

Discover how digital photography can help you see the world around you more clearly and experience it more deeply. Explore a variety of practices that will open new ways of seeing, grow your Quaker faith, and connect you more closely with yourself, your environment, and your community.

Workshop Number 44 | Peter West Nutting

Talking about the end of life makes many of us uneasy, even though we know we should make these important decisions.  We will discuss the decisions that need to be made, how our Quaker values can help guide us, and the impact of our past experiences.  This will be experiential and fun. 

Workshop Number 45 | Anita Paul | Barbara Spring

Explore your spiritual autobiography through intuitive free writing and deep listening to ourselves and each other. Using tools from group spiritual nurture, we will write in response to queries and brief readings. As we share our stories, we will find the sacred shining through the ordinary events of our lives.

Workshop Number 46 | Daphne Clement | Kathie Klein, and Lewis Fuller

We will discover the experiences of body awareness, movement, internal energy (chi), and meditative practice. Participants will be taught a simplified tai chi form called Tai Chi Chih. We'll also explore the Taoist, contemplative classic, the Tao Te Ching. We will practice and examine silent waiting Quaker worship.

Workshop Number 47 | John Smallwood

Sharing our spiritual stories is one of the most important ways we have to build the beloved community. The stories help us discover how we struggle throughout life to translate faith into practice. This workshop will help you tell your story and listen deeply to the stories of others.

Workshop Number 48 | Mary Ann Downey | Bill Holland

For couples in committed relationships, this workshop includes worship, worship sharing, and experiential exercises in a group atmosphere of increasing trust. Using couple dialogue, we hope to increase communication skills, spiritual depth, intimacy, and the ability to handle conflict and anger. Our goal is enrichment of the relationship, not therapy.

Workshop Number 49 | Stephanie Bean | Dave Diller

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