Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Daily Extended Meeting for Worship

Workshop Number: 
Jorge Arauz
Who may register?: 
Open to all adults and high school
Experiential Activities: 
part-time attenders welcome (can come any day; some might only attend Thursday or Friday)
half gathering attenders welcome
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

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 Description

We meet to worship, yielding to the awareness of the Divine in our souls, allowing its Light, its Power, its Love, its Truth to embrace, suffuse, pierce our minds, our bodies, our souls, our gathered community.

Stilling our minds, in openness and trust, we turn our souls in loving devotion to
the source of our life and strength. We listen, we watch, we follow the divine movement; we let the waters be stirred, we dive into them, we rise and soar in the sunlight, we affirm our feet upon the path they have been given.

In worship we reenter the garden where we behold the Tree of Life again, and in it we are reattached to the eternal Vine. In worship we are one with it, we are nourished with its very sap, and we blossom and give fruit. We, as beloved children of the Eternal, find there the instruction, the nourishment, the victory that are ours, as our birthright.

We come together “in Spirit and Truth” (John 4:24). In the simplicity and fullness of our encounter with our Source we find our own spirit and our own truth; we find our real identity and we release the falsehoods that masked our souls.

Then, bathed in the Jordan of love and blessed acceptance, healed and whole, we are born to Life, and born to Freedom.

''Come! Come to the joyful wedding, come to the bountiful banquet! Come to the luminous tent, and partake in the miracle:
A people have gathered in the presence of God.'

Leader Experience

I have facilitated many kinds of workshops and retreats in religious and secular settings. Most importantly, I am a seeker after the true waters of Life. I cherish worship, as a privileged place for the transforming encounter with truth, the searing and healing, personal and eternal, truth that sets us free. During the week, I see my role simply as that of a host and a housekeeper, whose task is to prepare the space, welcome Friends, be present, and join them in God's presence. At times, an ad-hoc “care committee” has emerged from the worship community, with Friends who feel a particular call to participate in the care of the extended meeting for worship community. This committee would gather as needed to assess and identify ways to meet the needs of the community. This has been a precious source of support and counsel for my service through the week.