Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


Way Will Open in many ways as we worship together at the Gathering. Opening and closing worship for the entire community book-end our week.  Numerous opportunities to celebrate, mourn, sing, center, heal, and pray together are sponsored by different centers and programs. Silent grace occurs at every meal and queries each day in the Daily Bulletin invite reflection. 

We have worship in our workshops and opportunities for worship under the care of: Quaker Earthcare Witness; Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC); and People of Color. The Junior Gathering and High School programs often invite Friends to worship with them. Sometimes there are impromptu opportunities that arise.  Check out the Daily Bulletin to see such options. 

The Silent Center offers an oasis for private worship, whether through reading, art, journaling, meditation, prayer, or other quiet modalities.

A list of all of the organized worship activities will be at on-site Check-In. 

Bible Half-Hour with Carl Magruder

Carl Magruder, M.Div., BCC, is a “cradle Quaker” of the waiting worship tradition. He lives in far northern California, where he works as a palliative care chaplain. In seminary, a Systematic Theology lecture on soteriology provoked a Quakerly rebellion and a desire for a dynamic, messy, mystical salvation wisdom.

How does Jesus save? In these Bible Half Hours, we will explore the various ways that Jesus is a Trickster! Born of a virgin? Turning water into wine? Gender bending? Hiding from authorities? Speaking riddles? Breaking rules? Doing justice? Traveling between worlds? Holy Trickster Jesus saves us by pulling the rug out, shocking us into metanoia—the changing of our consciousness. Early Friends knew this Trickster magic, defying the social order, talking with the Sultan, taking a beating and Coyote-style popping up again, riding into Bristol town on a pony, or going back to Boston for the third time in defiance of Puritan law and Death itself. In these troubled times, we need Trickster, the light-bringer. With discussion and serious play, we will get our hands into the text, and risk being changed by it. Afternoon sessions will be intergenerational, and therefore, particularly Tricksy!

At the 2020 FGC Gathering Bible Half Hours will be held Monday-Friday 8:00am, and all-ages Bible Hour will be held Tuesday & Thursday afternoons 3:15-4:15pm. 

Worship Sharing

Are you looking for a small group experience within the larger Gathering? Do you wish to meet new Friends and build community?  Worship Sharing Groups of six to eight people will meet each afternoon to consider queries and seek how way is opening individually and corporately.  Indicate your interest when you register; you’ll be assigned to a group.

Leadership Needed: If you are willing to be considered as a worship sharing leader, volunteer when you register for the Gathering.