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.
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2013 Workshop Descriptions
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For Friends of Color only. What do we have in common with each other and our Quaker ancestors? Learn about the lives of Friends of Color who joined RSOF from the 18th century on and about their experiences as members, and spend time sharing and documenting on paper and/or video our own personal experiences. (PT, HG1, HG2)
Our role in addressing climate change begs for complex corporate discernment: experiences of truth diverge, Unity evades, facts overwhelm, yet inaction is wrong. We seek a mix of those interested in climate change and those interested in using Friends process and testimonies to improve discernment.
The Goddess can be a powerful experience for Friends. Magic can be a powerful tool for transformation and change -- spiritual, personal, political, cultural. We’ll spend time with the Goddess in nature, ourselves, and each other, and working with magic as a spiritual and creative discipline. All genders welcome.
Participants are invited to explore and reflect on the historical context of immigration to the Americas, including their own families’ migration. Using the Who Is My Neighbor Curriculum, we will use interactive and creative methods to go deeper into solidarity, and take organized action for immigrant justice. (PT, HG1, HG2)
We will assist each other to actively and boldly engage in the Great Turning towards a creative, just and sustainable world, grounded in deep spiritual practice. We will experiment with small groups, various exercises, learning new skills, worship sharing, and participating in Spirit-led public witness.
Does it help to examine dreams? How? Dreams bring waking self-knowledge from our unconscious. Do they have greater meaning beyond ourselves? “Dream Groups” answer these questions. This workshop is a hands-on exploration of participants’ actual dreams and shows how dreaming can expand our understanding of self and God. (PT, HG1, HG2)
In this workshop participants will explore their inner world and experience how artistic expression connects us to the Spirit. By making art, participants will explore creativity as a dimension of our faith experience, engaging our intuition and honoring our imagination, authenticity, and spontaneity. (HG1, HG2)
We will explore early Friends’ experiences creating the Society of Friends and how their experience of leading and holy obedience is relevant to our time. We will contemplate and discuss early Friends’ experience of the transforming Spirit in their lives, and reflect on our journeys in the Spirit.
Ecstatic Dance is a modern spiritual practice that invites the frenetic energy of a dance party into a safe, spiritual setting. Leadings in Ecstatic Dance combines this practice with queries and other aspects of Quaker worship to try to reach new understandings that might not be found in silent worship. (PT, HG1, HG2)
Friends today are known more for their actions than for any statement of beliefs. Would your acquaintances be surprised to learn that you are a Quaker? Share your responses to queries and actual scenarios, and practice incorporating the testimonies of peace, equality, integrity, simplicity and community into your daily life. (PT, HG1, HG2)