Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


The 2017 Gathering has ended. Learn more about how to submit a workshop proposal for the 2018 FGC Gathering in Toledo, OH. The workshop proposal form will be live by mid-August, and the deadline to submit a proposal is September 30, 2017.

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.

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.


New Title : Indigenous & Quakers as Allies

It is the intent of this workshop that we, as Indigenous and Euro Americans together, begin to remember the place we all call home.

With the wisdom and personal connection of Indigenous Knowing and in the spirit of Joanna Macy's "The Great Turning", we will look to find new ways forward in a community of a respectful, honest, caring, emboldened and inspired "Active Hope".

 (Tansi: Cree for 'hello.')

Workshop Number 31 | Emily Boardman | Buffy Curtis

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.

Workshop Number 32 | Sahar Vardi | Oskar Castro

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.

Workshop Number 33 | Keith Helmuth | Bruce Birchard

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.

Workshop Number 34 | Marijke van Roojen | Justin Connor

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.

Workshop Number 35 | Andrew Wright

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.

Workshop Number 36 | Gail Thomas

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.

Workshop Number 37 | Lina Blount | Walter Hjelt Sullivan

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!

Workshop Number 38 | 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 39 | Ida Trisolini

Experience the Quaker perspective on body balancing, a high ropes course, spinning poi, hiking, and more. 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: $14.00 CASH (financial aid available).

Workshop Number 40 | MaryHelen Lewis | Jessica Klaassen-Wright