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.

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.

Conservative Friends are a small branch of communal faith and practice amid the larger Quaker stream.  Come explore the historical roots and current understandings of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) as an opportunity to consider your personal beliefs and commitments.

Andrew Wright

For those seeking to move with the Spirit, this workshop provides a worshipful opportunity to explore ten elements of the Quaker spiritual journey, as experienced by early Friends and by ourselves.  We'll help one another discern next steps in following our leadings, pray for each other, and go forth encouraged.

Workshop Number 2 | Marcelle Martin

Chanting takes us directly to the place of Spirit. Starting simply, the music grows richer; the worship deepens. Various words for the Divine, from many traditions, will be used, and not every chant will express every worshipper's truth. Expect joy, tears, healing, and surprises! No special singing experience is necessary.

Workshop Number 4 | Beverly Shepard

We gather in God's presence, turning our attention to the transforming power of Spirit, letting the Source of true life rise in our souls and lead us in the way of love and peace.

Workshop Number 6 | Jorge Arauz

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 9 | Lynn Fitz-Hugh

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 11 | Heather M. Cook | Karen Reixach, Mason Barnett

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 13 | Chuck Jones

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 16 | 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 17 | Bruce Dienes

We will use activities and discussion to explore Quaker life not centered on belief in God. What is spirituality for nontheist Friends?

What are our challenges? How can all Friends grow from the diversity within Quakerism? All seekers will find a safe space to

celebrate and deepen their spiritual lives.


Workshop Number 19 | Robin Mallison Alpern | Rosemary Coffey