Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are not holding an in-person Gathering in 2020. Check back later in the spring for information on the program for online Gathering offerings in summer 2020.


A rising China will help define the 21st century. Yet despite Quaker commitments to peace, there are linguistic, cultural, and political barriers that prevent Friends from engaging with China. This workshop seeks to overcome these barriers using Quakers' long history in the country as a roadmap for future engagement.

Workshop Number 1 | Patrick Lozada

For those wanting to become more whole-heartedly receptive and responsive to divine guidance. In this workshop we'll explore practices to support each other in faithfulness and help each other discern next steps in following our calls and leadings, as way opens. We'll pray for each other and go forth encouraged.

Workshop Number 2 | Marcelle Martin

Friends will build a plan to bring advocacy opportunities into their Meetings or schools. After developing advocacy toolboxes, Friends can create and build momentum for Quaker advocacy in their communities. Participant experiences and leadings will help shape the workshop, alongside Christine and Lauren’s education and advocacy experiences. 

Workshop Number 3 | Christine Ashley | Lauren Brownlee

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) BASIC workshop offers experiential exercises followed by reflection to examine our responses to situations where injustice, prejudice, conflict, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence. The core aspects of Fox’s, Gandhi’s and Martin Luther King's nonviolent approaches are practiced. 

Workshop Number 4 | Nancy Shippen | Carolyn Schodt

Quakers have traditionally used communal spiritual discernment to test our personal leadings. This was a check on just doing anything we wanted. Too often today, the hard work of discernment is neglected in favor of being supportive. This workshop will explore discernment and offer participants opportunities to practice it.

Workshop Number 5 | Paul Buckley

We will seek God and a sense of each other as we explore the hills of Western Virginia on our bicycles. We will ride at least 10 miles a day.

Workshop Number 6 | Chris Hollingshead

Listening and connecting, engaging in conflict and repair, listening for and speaking truth, facing grief, and cultivating hope and courage – these are the “muscles” we need to build to be effective peace, justice and climate activists. We’ll develop and practice a non-violent workout routine to exercise these muscles. Highly interactive.

Workshop Number 7 | Pamela Haines

Sharing initiatives by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Friends, with an anti-racist faith community as our eventual destination, we’ll use presentations, readings, discussions, and deep worship to explore various ideas and strategies as means to investigate our work towards racial equality. We affirm diversity as a means to truth.

Workshop Number 8 | Sheila Murdock | Marcia Ormsby

An advanced workshop for Friends actively engaged in racial justice work. We will share successful approaches to addressing White Supremacy and colonialism that will enhance our techniques for challenging racial and ethnic divisions. Participants must write a statement about their work and facilitate an exercise with the group.

Workshop Number 9 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik

This 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 opportunties for experience sharing. All work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a suggested $10 materials charge.

Workshop Number 10 | Steve Mohlke | Arthur M. Larrabee