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.

Facing historic exploitation of the poor and communities of color and dire threats to Earth's habitability evokes emotions that “prowl the heart's chambers like lions.” We'll explore how to convert demoralizing emotions into strong allies for action through role play and story in pursuit of leadings humble, faithful, and bold.

Workshop Number 21 | Terry Hokenson | Erin Pratt, and Louis Alemayehu

Through sharing stories Friends of Color can affirm what they know is true, they are heard, and it matters. We create space so they don't have to take care of white people’s feelings. White Friends increase awareness of how to change unaware racist behaviors and challenge societal structures that hold racism in place.

Workshop Number 22 | Victoria Greene | Lucy Duncan

Let’s make kites!  We will be humbly faithful with our kite-making and flying as we explore this metaphor of the Spirit. Slideshows and music will be incorporated with worshipful silence to help participants consider their experiences with wind and kites. $5 donation requested. First of week half-gathering participants welcome.

Workshop Number 23 | Chuck Jones

Participants will learn principles of restorative justice and utilize techniques of story telling, talking circles and small group dialogue to experience the power of truth and reconciliation as a way to  work towards healing  the effects historical trauma and moral injury related to racial injustice.

Workshop Number 24 | Sharon Goens-Bradley | Jerry Elster

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 25 | LVM Shelton

This workshop will use worship sharing to explore topics vital to the health of our Meetings: deepening worship, outreach, retention of members, eldering, handling mental health problems in Meeting, corporate witness, practice that supports health of the Meeting. We will practice spiritual friendship with each other. Leave centered and hopeful.

Workshop Number 26 | Lynn Fitz-Hugh

Body-mind awareness opens us to divine revelation whether in worship or doing the laundry. We’ll practice Qigong, learn Vipassana (insight) meditation, and explore everyday movement to re-member (literally) our divine nature. Show up, slow down, and cultivate compassion for ourselves and others as we relax and play together.

Workshop Number 27 | Amy Ward Brimmer

This workshop examines both socially dominant and Quaker narratives related to peace and war. We will use case studies, including the American Friends Service Committee’s narrative change work, to explore how narratives can be shifted to encourage new understandings and to build power for social transformation.

Workshop Number 28 | Jeannette Raymond | Patricia DeBoer and Mary Zerkel

In this workshop we’ll practice trusting our creative instincts as we work on shared fabric projects. Bring a starter piece to share. We’ll deepen our understanding of ourselves as co-creators, worship with metaphors for piecing/quilting, participate in each other’s creations and see how creativity enriches our spiritual lives.

Workshop Number 29 | Joann Neuroth | Paula Cell

Healing the Land can be a spiritual undertaking. Creation is sacred because it is created by God. Through worship and worship sharing, thought-provoking queries and discussion, and outdoor time in a natural setting, we will strengthen our spirituality, and our relationship to the natural world.

Workshop Number 30 | Dave Crawford