Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice


This information is about the 2017 Gathering. Check back in mid-December 2017 for information specific to the 2018 Gathering at the University of Toledo.

From opening worship Sunday night to closing worship Saturday morning, there are ample opportunities to worship at Gathering. We hope our worship together will create ripples of deepening and growth throughout the week and beyond.

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); People of Color; and Intergenerational Worship with Junior Gathering.

Use the Silent Place for personal reflection or to engage in artwork, journal, read, meditate or pray.

A list of all of the organized worship activities will be at registration. We welcome everyone, including children, at any worship opportunity.

May these many opportunities for worship at the Gathering enrich your life, refresh your spirit, and nurture you so that you may be transformed as you return to your daily life.

Opening Thanksgiving, Worship, and Welcome

Thanksgiving Address: These traditional Native American words of thanksgiving come from the people of the Six Nations — the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora — also known as the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee, who live in upstate New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Spoken as a spiritual address to the powers of the natural world, these words are used to open gatherings in order to bring the minds of the people together as one and align the gathered minds with Nature. The roots of these words reach back thousands of years to the very origins of the Haudenosaunee as a people.

G. Peter Jemison is a Heron Clan member of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Bible Half-Hour with Regina Renee Ward

Regina Renee Ward identifies as a Christian Friend and attends Mountain View Friends Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Her favorite book in the Bible is James and her life verse is Micah 6:8 :

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Regina Renee is a public librarian, and former public school teacher. She is passionate about social justice, intellectual freedom, books, and labyrinths.
You can find her online at A Friendly Journey and on Twitter and Instagram: (at)FriendRsquared.

The Bible Half-Hour takes place Monday-Friday 6:00-6:30 pm.

Community Worship

NEW THIS YEAR! We will start our day worshipping together as a community in family friendly worship. It will include music, stories, queries, and open worship. It is half an hour and intended for absolutely everyone! Join us in being community together, creating Ripples, experiencing Spirit moving amongst us.

Touchstone Groups

Looking for a small group experience within the larger gathering? Touchstone Groups of roughly eight people meet daily for worship sharing around queries and growth opportunities rippling from Spirit's movement in the Gathering and our lives. When you register, choose a time of day you'd like to meet and you'll be assigned to a group.

Leadership Needed: Volunteer when registering if you are willing to lead a Touchstone Group.