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.

Strong and shy singers are welcome to join this circle of f/Friends singing rounds, sacred chants, spirituals, peace songs, hymns, and fun songs. We will sing to energize our bodies and nurture our souls, with music that affirms our diversity, reflects our beauty, and celebrates our unity. No experience necessary!

Workshop Number 31 | Ruth Fitz

This workshop creates space for Friends to develop and refine their financial toolkit to better assist committees on which they serve, businesses they operate, or non-profits they manage. Participants will strengthen their faith and practice, deepening understanding of financial/accounting tools for better decision making.

Workshop Number 32 | Tom Kangas | Lisa Smith

People of faith are called to work with our neighbors to foster a spiritually fulfilling, socially just, and ecologically sustainable human presence on our planet. This workshop will provide ideas and tools on how to face our global challenges through local Transition Town Movement organizing.

Workshop Number 33 | Ruah Swennerfelt | Pamela Boyce Simms

Be Humble.  Be Faithful. Be Bold.  The narrative account of Jesus’ life, ministry, and death in Mark’s Gospel exhorts us to a life of discipleship.  Do we find that this story makes a claim on our lives as we seek to be faithful listeners to the Spirit?

Workshop Number 34 | Andrew Wright

A highly interactive workshop for people of European American descent interested in understanding the forces of racism in ALL of our lives. We will explore the impact of racism through presentations, films and discussion. We will consider our own racial justice response, and our part in co-creating the beloved community.

Workshop Number 35 | Marijke van Roojen | Justin Connor

Jesus asked his disciples “Who do you say I am?” For centuries, Christians and non-Christians gave different answers. Is Jesus a prophet, an ethical teacher, a healer, an ordinary man, the only Son of God? Using the Bible and other sources we’ll share our own responses and experiences of Jesus.

Workshop Number 36 | Mary Lord

Spend the week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing and visual journaling. Learn a new way to center down and build community as we create and share beautiful images from structured patterns. Learn to use art as a way to share your special gifts and find gifts in others.

Workshop Number 37 | Sadelle Wiltshire

High School Program participants join experienced Junior Gathering leaders to create a fun, safe, and Spirit-filled Junior Gathering environment for our youngest Gathering participants. Learn to lead, and use your talents to give back to our community! Early arrival by 8:30 am Sunday morning is mandatory. Application with references required.

Workshop Number 38 | Ida Trisolini

Experience the Quaker perspective on slacklining, body balancing, spinning poi, and more. In this workshop we will practice challenging physical activities that clear mental distractions, promote present-centeredness, and harness physical energy towards spiritual experience. Come be vibrant in body and spirit! Activity fee: $10.00 (financial aid available if needed).

Workshop Number 39 | MaryHelen Lewis | Jessica Klaassen-Wright

How have you developed spiritually? Are there once-firm beliefs you now question, or questions you once had, now resolved? We invite you to deepen self-knowledge and share a creative process of spiritual autobiography. Through meditation, guided writing, journaling, collage, and poetry, we will compile expressions of our evolving beliefs.

Workshop Number 40 | Brianna McMichael