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.
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2015 Workshop Descriptions
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For those wanting to become more whole-heartedly responsive to God's call to faithfulness and deep transformation. In this workshop we'll explore the radical Quaker spiritual journey toward wholeness in God and help each other discern next steps in following our leadings. We'll pray for each other and go forth encouraged.
The workshop will advance understanding and convey skills in identifying and engaging with conflict within Quaker meetings. How can engagement with conflict transform us and our meetings? What are the costs of ignoring conflict? How can we approach conflict in ways that are in alignment with our faith?
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) uses experiential activities to practice peace personally, in community, and globally. This will be a classic though slightly shortened Basic workshop. We will experience the work directly while being introduced to applications which make a powerful contribution in the US and around the world.
We will seek God and a sense of each other as we explore the mountains of North Carolina on our bicycles. The terrain is mountainous and beautiful. We will ride at least 10 miles a day.
Chant, from many traditions, takes us directly to the place of Spirit. Starting simply, the music grows richer; the worship deepens. Various words for the Divine will be used, and every chant may not express every worshipper's truth. Expect joy, tears, healing, and surprises! No special singing experience is necessary.
The workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience sharing. All work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a $10 materials charge.
Through story sharing, interactive exercises, in-depth discussion, and personal reflection, participants will explore root causes of migration, discuss US-Mexico border issues, and review sociopolitical realities affecting immigration. Participants will gain tools and techniques to take back to their Meetings to join the struggle in support of immigrant justice.
We gather in God's presence, turning our souls' attention to the transforming power of Spirit, letting the giver of true life rise in our hearts and lead us in the way of truth and peace.
This workshop offers Friends who love to dance -- any kind of dance -- a chance to reflect on dancing as spiritual practice : physical, emotional, communal, sexual, playful, grounding, transcendent. Sessions will have a balance of worship, dance, and discussion activities.
Couples Social Dancing as a Spiritual Discipline. Dancing gets a bad rap in Western religions. Explore responding to "that of the Divine" on the dance floor -- a 21st century rebuttal of 17th century Quaker fears of artistic expression. Soft-soled shoes required -- partner optional.