Friends General Conference

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Workshops

The 2021 Gathering will be held virtually, June 27 - July 3, 2021. 

Workshops offer Gathering adults and high school participants the opportunity to be immersed in a topic with other interested Friends. Friends stay in the same workshop through multiple sessions, forming a small community within the Gathering. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing.


Workshop Sessions

At the 2021 Gathering, we are offering 3 different timeblocks for workshops.

Sunday, June 27 Workshops - Each workshop is held over three 90-minute sessions I EDT:12:00–1:30pm, 2:30–4:00pm, and 5:00–6:30pm I PDT: 9:00–10:30am, 11:30am–1:00pm, and 2:00–3:30pm. These workshops are numbered in the 100s

Monday-Friday Workshops - Each workshop is held over five sessions (Monday, June 28 through Friday, July 2). Each session runs from 2:00-3:30pm EDT (11:00am-12:30pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 200s

Saturday, July 3 Workshops - Each workshop is held over three 90-minute sessions I EDT:12:00–1:30pm, 2:30–4:00pm, and 5:00–6:30pm I PDT: 9:00–10:30am, 11:30am–1:00pm, and 2:00–3:30pm. These workshops are numbered in the 300s

All workshops will be held on video via Zoom. Some workshops leaders require participants to be able to see the Zoom video, but some workshop leaders have said participation by phone is ok, for those who don't have the ability to use Zoom and need to call in on a phone line. This is indicated in the workshop descriptions under "Audio-only participation". 


Frequently Asked Questions about workshops


2021 Workshop Descriptions

Click on the workshop title to read a detailed description. Use the filter tools to display workshop by audience type (age group), or by keyword. Workshops marked with * are for different levels of experience - learn more about anti-racism workshop levels. Workshops leaders will be adding more details to their workshop pages over the winter. You can sign up on the Gathering email list to be notified when the expanded descriptions are available.

NOTE : Workshops are listed ten per page. Please scroll to the bottom and click on a page number or "next" to view more workshops, or to view all the workshops at once, select "all" under "Items per page" in the filter box.

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Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 27) - three 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

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 100 | Patrick Lozada

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 27) - three 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: No

Our workshop will move from awakening to the crisis to hope for addressing it. Slides will present information and prompt discussion. Queries will invite reflection. Past workship participants ranged from Friends with basic questions to some who have taught climate change. All are welcome!

Workshop Number 101 | Emily Northrop

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 27) - three 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

This workshop is for teens and their meetings to support a claim as a conscientious objector within current Selective Service regulations.  It is for two simultaneous groups:  teens (men and women) exploring conscientious objection and for post-18-year-old adults—parents, mentors, FDS leaders—to adapt this curriculum for their meeting.

Workshop Number 102 | Curt Torell

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 27) - three 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: No

Quakers navigate secular law, a vision of justice, and our Sprit-infused testimonies. What tensions arise from these concerns? This one-day workshop explores Friends’ experience seeking “right relationship” with notions of Spirit, justice, law and loving acceptance.  Interactive role-plays involved.

Workshop Number 103 | Peter Phillips

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 27) - three 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

The apostle Paul’s quotes often resonate for Friends despite the dissonance we feel toward the Paul described by Christian tradition. In this workshop, we will re-consider Paul's Letter to the Galatians to understand it a bit more in its context and to explore what it means for us today.

Workshop Number 104 | Andrew Wright

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 27) - three 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

In his long poem "Song of Myself," Walt Whitman repeatedly declares himself at peace, only to have his peace troubled as he attempts to find more than mere personal comfort: a peace that encompasses all of humanity and creation. Together, we will share this painful and ecstatic journey with him.

Workshop Number 105 | Su Penn

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 28-July 2) - five 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

We are living in a time of change, across the world and across the landscape of the Religious Society of Friends. FGC’s General Secretary will facilitate discernment in where you are led, and to better understand how FGC might support individuals, monthly meetings and yearly meetings in broad spirit-led change.

Workshop Number 200 | Barry Crossno

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 28-July 2) - five 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

What if the needs of families and young people were at the heart of meeting life? What would change? What would be lost? What would grow? Sharing from research and experience, we will explore these questions and make space both to dream about possibilities and listen to the resistance.

Workshop Number 201 | Melinda Wenner Bradley

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 28-July 2) - five 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

The contemporary Religious Society of Friends encompasses a wide range of beliefs and practices. This workshop will seek to uncover an essential kernel of principles that define it. Sharing our stories and experiences, we will try to identify what is essential to being a Quaker.

Workshop Number 202 | Paul Buckley

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 28-July 2) - five 90-minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: No

We will explore together the spiritual content and power of our engagement with the arts, either as direct creators or as those experiencing creative works. In what ways does our artistic engagement become worship? How does our studio, workshop, writing nook, or other place of creation become another meeting house?

Workshop Number 203 | Arthur Fink

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