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.

2016 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. 

Please see the two additional workshops listed Body Prayer  (50) with Amanda Ann Godwin and Meeting for Worship for Healing (51) with Richard Lee.

Couples Social Dancing as a Spiritual Discipline. A chance to try  responding to "that of the Divine" - on the dance floor. A kinaesthetic exploration of the 'I-Thou' relationship - a la Fred and Ginger! Soft-soled shoes required;  partner optional;  deLight guaranteed!

Workshop Number 11 | Demi Miller

Do you love to dance -- any kind of dance?  Join us to reflect on dancing as bold and humble spiritual practice--physical, emotional, communal, sexual, playful, grounding, transcendent. Sessions will have a balance of worship, discussion, dancing (all kinds!) and other activities.

Workshop Number 12 | Jenny Beer | Patty Scott

A week of "heart-opening.” Simple sacred circle dances, accompanied by guitar & hand drum, done while singing or chanting phrases or Divine names from world spiritual traditions.   Simple songs & movements taught prior to each Dance - no experience needed. Also time for worship-sharing, and reading aloud from Sufi poets.

Workshop Number 13 | Francis Gurtz | Colette Miller

By studying Quakers and other mystics, we plan to experience a greater union with the Spirit in meditation, worship and our lives. We will study and practice worship sharing, meditation, and brief Tai Chi , along with teachings from George Fox, Edgar Cayce, the Bible, Rex Ambler, and Thomas Kelly.

Workshop Number 14 | Jerry Knutson

Early Quaker theology is exciting! It provides enormous resources for present-day Quakers, resources that we often know little about. We will focus on four Quakers: Richard Farnworth, Dorothy White, Samuel Fisher, and Elizabeth Bathurst. We’ll find out what early Quakers had in common and about the variety among Early Friends.

Workshop Number 15 | Stephen Angell

A workshop focused on economic activism as a tool for peace and justice, through the exploration of corporate power and its role in war, incarceration and occupation, a discussion of historical and present campaigns and a conversation on Palestine.

Workshop Number 16 | Jennifer Bing | Dalit Baum

In what ways do Catholic and Quaker spirituality both approach a more inclusive love of God? Come test the ways various traditional approaches resonate with our own experience and understanding, engage in some experimental ritual and meditative practices, and share stories that arise around central Roman Catholic themes.

Workshop Number 17 | Peter Shea | Mary Ellen Shaw

This workshop will explore the rich history of Quakers in education from the founding of public schools to the Quaker schools of today. Through various methods, together as parents, grandparents, students, and teachers of all kinds we will examine, share, and shape our experiences as Quakers in education. 

Workshop Number 18 | Latrisha Chattin

How do we connect our Faith and Practice with a robust and invigorated political life? How do I integrate my faith journey with service? How does my inner life guide and serve me in my political work? Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Field Secretary Christine Ashley will facilitate.


Workshop Number 19 | Christine Ashley


An advanced workshop for Friends currently engaged in racial justice work. We will share approaches that have been successful in helping people understand the impacts of racism/classism and gender bias.   We will explore how to increase racial equity within the Religious Society of Friends including Friends General Conference.


Workshop Number 20 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik