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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Mass incarceration impacts our lives in ways that are not always understood, claiming a huge proportion of government budgets, imbedding racism in our culture, and perpetuating violence. Explore the dynamics of mass incarceration spiritually and socially, focussing on the advocacy work being done and yet to be done by Friends.
God is everywhere, not just in a meetinghouse or a college
classroom. We will be seeking God in the flats and the hills of Colorado. We will ride at least
10 miles a day, with some of us riding up to 35 miles. (PT, HG1, HG2)
Through worship-sharing, reflection, and discussion of published and emailed writings and participants' personal experiences, we will explore the long history of Palestinian nonviolence--including the support and participation of Israeli and foreign Jews and other internationals--and ways Friends might further the aim of a just peace in the region. (HG1) HG2 should check with leader.
In a new publication on Quaker testimonies, AFSC includes Care for the Earth and Its Inhabitants. Permaculture and the Transition Town Movement allow us to live this testimony in a way that fosters resilient communities and engaged citizens. Take home tools to make a difference in your community. (PT, HG1, HG2)
Prophetic ministry -- God’s Spirit speaking though our lives -- is at the foundation of Quaker witness. Reflecting on the prophetic stream from the Hebrew prophets to our modern condition, we will share stories of how the Spirit continues to speak through us today, bringing healing to a broken world.
Our conversation with the Holy Presence is the most important one of our lives. What would it be like to have a prayer language that grew out of the way God *is* in our individual and corporate lives? Can we look to the actions of God to grow our vocabulary of images that illuminate and nurture the divine relationship?
Simple dances to glorious music from many cultures. Lively or meditational, all are done in a spirit of worship. Simple steps allow us to give ourselves over to the spirit which builds in dancing with others to beautiful music. Dances are interspersed with time for meditation, journaling, and related queries.
A participatory exploration of sensory experience as doorway into deepening worship and artistic Spirit-led ministry. We will combine meeting for worship with musical improvisation, creative movement, visual art, and other artistic expressions. In worship sharing, we will discuss how these help us open to new gathered experiences of the Divine.
We will deeply explore the varieties of spiritual experience that unify us in the mystical thread woven within Friends’ non-creedal theological diversity. Spiritual experiences are a cross-cultural universal phenomenon of profound emotions, perceptions, and thoughts. Experiential exercises will take us beyond theology to discover, "What canst thou say?"
“Every movement begins with the telling of an untold story." We will uncover stories which reinforce the status quo and tell stories that provide pathways to a transformed future. Drawing from our spiritual roots, we will create a new narrative of who and how we are in the world.