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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Couples Social Dancing as a Spiritual Discipline. Dancing gets a bad rap in Western religions. Explore responding to "that of the Divine" on the dance floor -- a 21st century rebuttal of 17th century Quaker fears of artistic expression. Soft-soled shoes required -- partner optional.

Workshop Number 10 | Demi Miller

By studying Quakers and other mystics, we plan to experience a greater union with the Spirit in our lives. We will study and practice worship sharing, meditation, centering prayer, and a brief Tai Chi exercise, along with teachings from George Fox, Edgar Cayce, the Bible, Rex Ambler, and Thomas Kelly.

Workshop Number 11 | Jerry Knutson

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 12 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik

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 13 | Roy Taylor

Anger, fear, hurt, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with Spirit and our own healing energies. Choosing to practice forgiveness can move us towards inner peace and renew our relationship with self and others. Focus is on tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy.

Workshop Number 14 | Sue Regen

An opportunity for non-economists to identify big issues and dynamics in our economic system; clarify links with environment, politics and culture; apply lens of faith values; and engage in spiritual muscle-building as we consider what we’re called to as individuals, community members, and citizens of this nation and earth.

Workshop Number 15 | Pamela Haines

This tumultuous period saw the Great Separation. The Underground Railroad. Traveling ministers. Quaker schools and colleges. The Civil War and conscientious objection. Peace work and missions. Revivals and pastors. See it all through the Autobiography of Allen Jay, who Rufus Jones called “the best-loved Friend in America.”

Workshop Number 16 | Joshua Brown

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 exploring our dreaming can expand our understanding of self and God.

Workshop Number 17 | Jude (Judith) Filler

Through sharing stories we make possible for Friends of Color to affirm what they know is true, they are heard, and it matters; we create space so they don't have to take care of white people’s feelings; white Friends increase awareness of how to notice and change unaware racist behaviors.

Workshop Number 18 | Kathy Miller | Victoria Greene

Do you ever feel you are constantly complaining?  What if we limited our complaining to one day a week, and chose Thursdays?  In this workshop, we will experiment with non-complaining as a spiritual practice of inward peacemaking, seeing what is, and perhaps even gaining a humorous perspective on our lives.

Workshop Number 19 | Mike Heller