Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Quakers & Business Conference

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Spiritual Gifts in Business Practice

Quakers are called to have integrity and to be spiritually consistent throughout their life.  How do we apply our spirituality in our work lives?  One way is to examine our gifts from a spiritual perspective and to be mindful about how we use them in our business practices. Our keynote speaker, Jan Wood of Good News Associates, will share the system she and a colleague have created to help us discover, claim and use our gifts.  We will work to identify the ways we implement those gifts in our work and ways we can increase our use of them.

The Conference includes worship and activities to help us get to know each other as we continue to build a community of Quaker business people.   Those who are involved in or interested in business are encouraged to attend.

The Quakers and Business Group is open to all Quakers who have a heart and mind for business, and who are interested or are already applying Quaker principles to their work and life. Open to Gathering registrants and also those not staying for the Gathering.

Where and When

The Quakers & Business Conference takes place immediately before the FGC Gathering at the College of Saint Benedict, about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Conference begins Friday July 1 at 7:00pm and ends Sunday at 12:00noon. Conference registrants may choose to also register for the FGC Gathering which begins Sunday evening.
Transportation is available from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport (MSP).  Read more about transportation.


The costs of the conference include

  • Conference fee of $100 (financial aid is available)
  • up to six pre-Gathering cafeteria meals
  • on campus housing  (ranging from $8/person/night for camping to $40/person/night for a single air-conditioned room)

On-campus housing is available to conference registrants regardless of whether they are staying for the FGC Gathering.  A Friend registering for both events will be assigned the same room for both events. 

See conference housing prices in the Early Arrival Room Fee table.

Childcare Is Available

If you are bringing children eighth grade or younger to the Gathering, childcare is available for the retreat.  You will only need to pay for housing and meals for your child.  Read more about childcare for pre-Gathering events.

How to Register

Registration opens April 1 and closes June 10. Late fees begin June 1. 

To register for both the Gathering and the Q&B Conference, choose the “Quakers & Business Conference” while completing your Gathering registration form.

To register for the Quakers & Business Conference only, please call the Gathering Office at 215-561-1700, option 2 on the menu. Please allow about 30 minutes to register by phone.


Send requests for scholarship assistance to the Quakers & Business Conference organizer