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.
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2017 Workshop Descriptions
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Before Settlers arrived North America was occupied by independent Indigenous Nations. Euro-settler colonizers brought conflict, diseases, and genocide, claiming land and destroying Peoples. Today's Quakers are invited to transformed relationships with Indigenous Peoples. This workshop explores how Quakers become more effective allies on this spiritual journey. (Tansi: Cree for 'hello.')
Security has become a buzz word in the world around us. It’s used to conscript youth into militaries, to excuse surveillance on our communities, militarization of our police forces, etc. The workshop will examine ways in which we can challenge militarization in our communities, learning tools from around the world.
The ecological worldview provides guidance for coping with the breakdown of industrial-consumer civilization and rebuilding a life-centered economy. We will bookmark the origin and trajectory of this breakdown, investigate modes of response (including Friends testimonies), consider fatalism, and focus on the place of beauty in ecological guidance.
A highly-interactive beginning-level workshop for people of European American descent interested in understanding the forces of racism in 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.
Whitman's sprawling poem "Song of Myself" is a foundational poem of American literature. Influences include Quakerism, the Bible, Eastern religious texts; its themes include ecstasy, evil, God, nature, worship, love, birth, death. It even has dinosaurs. Reading it together is always a gift; it waits for us to open it.
Conservative Friends are a small branch of communal faith and practice amid the larger Quaker stream. This workshop will explore the historical roots and current practices of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) in order to offer participants an opportunity to explore their own beliefs and commitments.
Explore an early Christian community's understanding of Jesus and his message. Discover parallels to Jewish Wisdom texts. Be challenged by the beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. Experiment with prayer, especially centering prayer, and listening as well as finding words.
This workshop on faith and nonviolent direct action will be highly experiential, and will integrate intergenerational stories of action and radical faithfulness into each day, while participants of all ages learn the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning. On Thursday, participants will have an opportunity to practice worshipful action.
Learn and share the Zentangle method of meditative drawing and other art techniques to recognize your own gifts and those of others. We will build community as we create and share with each other, exploring ways to share art as a peace-making process. Let's create Visual ripples where Spirit moves!
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.