Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Naming God in Poetry

Summary
Workshop Number: 
22
Leaders: 
Maryhelen Snyder
Who may register?: 
Open to All (adult & high school)
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 
10%
Lecture: 
10%
Discussion: 
30%
Experiential Activities: 
50%
part time-attenders welcome
half gathering attenders welcome
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

The experience of the Light finds powerful expression in poetry. We sing our praises and we sing our griefs. We will use the reading and writing of poetry to touch the mystery of the Divine and the motion to love inherent in the Divine.

Workshop Description

Throughout human history, the motion to love finds powerful expression in poetry. We sing our praises and we sing our griefs. We will use the reading and writing of poetry to touch the mystery of the Divine and the motion to love inherent in the Divine. In poetry, we bridge the divide between theism and non-theism, and all the divides that separate us from each other. We ground our knowledge in experience. As Whitman wrote: "I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least."  Among the poets we will study are Whitman, Rilke, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Mary Oliver. Participants will be encouraged to create personal books of inspirational poetry including their own work. They will also be invited to bring from home poems that have particularly inspired and guided them.

Leader Experience

From 2009 Proposal :

I led this workshop at FGC in 2007. I have also given a similar one day workshop for my Meeting. I give numerous
interactive workshops at yearly meetings and other conferences, and have taught workshops in poetry for the last 4
decades.