Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


The 2017 Gathering has ended. Learn more about how to submit a workshop proposal for the 2018 FGC Gathering in Toledo, OH. The workshop proposal form will be live by mid-August, and the deadline to submit a proposal is September 30, 2017.

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 throughout the week, forming a small community within the Gathering. Each workshop meets from 9:15 to 12:00 noon every weekday. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing.

2017 Workshop Descriptions

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NOTE : Workshops are listed ten per page. Please scroll to the bottom and click on a page number or "next" to view more workshops.


Leadings move from Spirit and create ripples throughout the world. This workshop is for people seeking or clarifying their spiritual purpose in life, who want to live a life that is Divinely ordered or follows a leading. We will: worship share, do experiential exercises & build a community of support.

Workshop Number 11 | Lynn Fitz-Hugh

Anger, fear, hurt, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with the Spirit and our own healing energies. Practicing forgiveness sends ripples of healing Spirit through us and others. This workshop focuses on tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy.

Workshop Number 12 | Sue Regen

What ripples come from the movement of the Goddess -- the Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit -- in our lives as Friends?  In a fun, relaxed week, we'll sample several participatory experiences out of many, many possible Goddess and Nature ripples. 
[Feminist space. All welcome, especially LGBT; non-binary; women.]

Workshop Number 13 | Staṡa Morgan-Appel

This 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?

Workshop Number 14 | Heather M. Cook | Karen Reixach, Mason Barnett

We will explore how racism and white supremacy operate in our stories, bodies and communities and explore ways to interrupt and shift the normative stories and movements that keep racism moving. This is an intermediate level workshop for white people and people of color (including affinity groups).

Workshop Number 15 | Lucy Duncan | Noah White

Let's make kites!  We will create ripples with our kite-making and flying as we explore this metaphor of the Spirit. Slideshows and music incorporated with worshipful silence will help participants consider their experiences with wind and kites. $5 donation requested. HG1 participants warmly welcome.

Workshop Number 16 | Chuck Jones

Kundalini Yoga meets you where and as you are, asking only that you open to its richness. We include various moving and held body and hand positions, and breathing, all to musical accompaniment. The practice attunes the body, quiets the mind, and opens the way for worship and communion with Spirit.

Workshop Number 17 | Ann Ritter

The greater my Light, the greater the shadow it casts. We will explore individual and group practices inviting Spirit-led self-integration. As integrity or wholeness expands, we are better able to acknowledge our full scope for good and evil, and act in faithfulness and loving kindness.

Workshop Number 18 | LVM Shelton

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 19 | 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 20 | Bruce Dienes