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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The 'Quaker Cycle' is a unique approach to learning about our faith, helping both those just learning about Friends as well as those well-seasoned in their understanding. The 'cycle' is a tool which can help adults of all ages understand how we worship, make decisions, and how our beliefs can be turned into action.

Workshop Number 51 | Martha Roberts | Loyce Forrest

Collage lets us engage with images that hold personal meaning for us. Using the Soul Collage® process, we will discern the wisdom of our personally selected images. As we explore, we may be surprised, bemused, even amused. We are always enlightened. Glue, images, scissors–anyone can do this!

Workshop Number 52 | Carole McNamee

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 53 | John Smallwood

This writing workshop will encourage you to look back over your spiritual journey and explore its struggles, questions, and experiences. The part of you that is always listening to the whispers of God will open more fully, listen more deeply, and guide you into sharing that journey in narrative form.

Workshop Number 54 | Ellen Michaud

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 55 | Stephanie Bean | Dave Diller

Midlife and older couples face many changes. What are our fears and hopes for this next phase of our lives? How will our couple relationship change? Not a "retirement seminar," but a safe and supportive setting in which couples learn how to have these important but sometimes difficult conversations.

Workshop Number 56 | Gretta Stone | Jacob Stone