Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


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.

2017 Workshop Descriptions

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Conservative Friends are a small branch of communal faith and practice amid the larger Quaker stream.  Come explore the historical roots and current understandings of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) as an opportunity to consider your personal beliefs and commitments.

Andrew Wright

For those seeking to move with the Spirit, this workshop provides a worshipful opportunity to explore ten elements of the Quaker spiritual journey, as experienced by early Friends and by ourselves.  We'll help one another discern next steps in following our leadings, pray for each other, and go forth encouraged.

Workshop Number 2 | Marcelle Martin

Chanting takes us directly to the place of Spirit. Starting simply, the music grows richer; the worship deepens. Various words for the Divine, from many traditions, will be used, and not every chant will express every worshipper's truth. Expect joy, tears, healing, and surprises! No special singing experience is necessary.

Workshop Number 4 | Beverly Shepard

George Fox was a healer.  We will explore his healing gifts as described in his Book of Miracles. We will hold Meeting for Worship for Healing in the context of the times in which he lived.  Friends will explore their leadings and healing gifts and go wherever the Spirit leads.

Workshop Number 16 | Richard Lee

Through interactive exercises and dialogue, we will share practical strategies to assist men to become leaders in building healthy, safe communities. Learn how to become an effective ally in ending violence against women and girls, and motivate men and boys in your communities to join with you in this work.

Workshop Number 17 | Bruce Dienes

The ecological worldview provides guidance for coping with the breakdown of industrial-consumer civilization and rebuilding a life-centered economy. We will bookmark the origin and trajectory of this breakdown, investigate modes of response (including Friends testimonies), consider fatalism, and focus on the place of beauty in ecological guidance.

Workshop Number 28 | Keith Helmuth | Bruce Birchard

This workshop on faith and nonviolent direct action will be highly experiential, and will integrate intergenerational stories of action and radical faithfulness into each day, while participants of all ages learn the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning. On Thursday, participants will have an opportunity to practice worshipful action.

Workshop Number 33 | Lina Blount | Walter Hjelt Sullivan

When was the last time you were free of worry, really laughed, and your entire body relaxed? This workshop is for seekers and the weary to rest. We’ll learn simple forms of energy work, clothes-on massage, or meditation each morning, working in pairs. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.

Workshop Number 38 | John Calvi

This writing workshop will encourage you to look back over your spiritual journey and explore its struggles, questions, and experiences. The part of you that is always listening to the whispers of God will open more fully, listen more deeply, and guide you into sharing that journey in narrative form.

Workshop Number 48 | Ellen Michaud