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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Strong and shy singers are welcome to join this circle of f/Friends singing rounds, sacred chants, spirituals, peace songs, hymns, and fun songs. We will sing together to energize our bodies and nurture our souls, with music that affirms our diversity, reflects our beauty, and celebrates our unity.

Workshop Number 31 | Ruth Fitz

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps us connect with that of God in ourselves and others. NVC takes us to the heart of compassion, teaches us to more fully speak our truth, and more clearly hear others' truth. NVC makes us more aware of our motivations and able to choose actions that fit our values.

Workshop Number 32 | Dorothy Henderson

Come learn in a worshipful setting about the radically transforming spiritual journey of the first Quakers, grounded in their understanding of scripture, and explore our experiences of God's transforming love and power.  We'll craft and tell stories that have the power to encourage the faith and faithfulness of others.

Workshop Number 33 | Marcelle Martin

We will investigate Yogic teachings and practices and suggest what they offer Quaker practice today. We will explore each of the eight yogic limbs, partly through written reflection and discussion, but primarily through an experiential engagement with yoga's concrete social, physical, and meditative practices.

Workshop Number 34 | Katy Hawkins

Participants will carry forward the historic legacy of Quaker collective action. Participants will practice new tools and skills for taking action, explore the impacts of social class, and on Thursday afternoon,  lead a nonviolent action sponsored by the Earth Quaker Action Team, and joined by other attenders at the Gathering.

Workshop Number 35 | George and Ingrid Lakey | M Schlotterbeck

A meditative art and play week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing. Create and share beautiful images from structured patterns, with magical and surprising results. Learn a new way to center down and build community with no art skills needed!

Workshop Number 36 | Sadelle Wiltshire | Ann Coakley

Let's delve into present-day controversies about membership, gifts, eldership, ministry, activism and the internet! These controversies are especially relevant for young adults who see possibilities for renewed ways of making meaning. Let's finally talk seriously about them and seek answers! We will write an epistle to report on our progress.

Workshop Number 37 | Zachary Dutton

Use art to reach your Divine and send it out into the world. We will explore the art form of blank postcards and various art media to give voice to our love and to discover more deeply how Spirit speaks to us and how we hold others in the Light.

Workshop Number 38 | Robin Greenler | Corry Greenler

"Every movement begins with the telling of an untold story."  Uncover stories which reinforce white dominance and tell stories that reveal pathways toward a future of equality. Draw from our spiritual roots to examine what gets us stuck, and learn tools to help us move forward in the conviction that we are One.

Workshop Number 39 | Lucy Duncan | Sharon Goens

Open only to ages 16-20. Participants will examine society's and their own values and perspectives around sexuality. As a group, we will discern testimonies around sex and sexuality and learn strategies to both advocate for healthy sexuality and reduce the use of sexuality as a weapon used to oppress people. Participants will go home prepared to create social change.

Workshop Number 40 | Guli Fager