Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


Worshipping together is a powerful way to feed our desire to let love be the first motion. Worship opportunities abound every day at the Gathering.

The Opening Worship and Welcome on Sunday night begins our week together gathering in the Spirit.

Closing Worship Saturday morning will help send us home renewed.

Throughout the week, other daily opportunities for worship are scheduled, including outdoor early morning worship under the care of Quaker Earthcare Witness and late afternoon worship under the care of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC). Friends receive a detailed list of worship-related activities upon arrival at the Gathering.

Friends use the Silent Place to sit quietly, engage in artwork, journal, read, meditate, or pray — away from the busyness of the Gathering.

As Quakers, we know worship happens throughout our lives and throughout the Gathering experience. Singing, dancing, and chatting with Friends of all ages can be relaxing, inspirational, and worshipful.

May these many opportunities for worship at the Gathering enrich your life, refresh your spirit, and nurture you so that you may be transformed as you return to your daily life.

Bible Half-Hour

This year’s Bible Half-Hour will be led by Joel Cook, a member of Palm Beach (FL) Friends Meeting. He will use stories and teachings from the Bible to examine where love might be the “first motion” in our lives. Bring your open heart ready to see what is revealed in Love by stories from the Bible.

The Bible Half-Hour takes place Monday-Friday 8-8:30 am.