Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Soulful Singing

Workshop Number: 
Ruth Fitz
Who may register?: 
Open to All (adult & high school)
Experiential Activities: 
part time-attenders welcome
half gathering attenders welcome
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

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 Description

   Each session will begin with warming up our bodies and our voices, then singing some light fare together, e.g., energizing, fun songs and easy rounds.   We will progress to songs with layered harmonies, interspersed with shorter songs and chants, and will allow space for worship and reflection as the Spirit guides. We will close the time together with worship or worship sharing.

  No singing or music reading experience is necessary to participate, just a willing spirit and a desire to sing.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement.

  I hope that participants will experience "where words come from" as we sing together, and will leave this workshop feeling refreshed and part of the larger community--with many songs, warm memories, and maybe some fresh insights or openings to accompany them on their journeys. 

Leader Experience

For 15 years I led singing with youth and adults in large gatherings and conferences; I also directed youth music camp, youth choirs, and intergenerational musicals. 

More recently:  I have helped to organize and lead singing in BaltimoreYearly Meeting's Friendly Sings, in Spiritual Formation Retreats, in BYM's Annual Session workshops, and in individual Monthly Meetings in Philadelphia and Baltimore Yearly Meetings.