Friends General Conference

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Workshops

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 through multiple sessions, forming a small community within the Gathering. Most workshops include daily worship or worship sharing.

Workshop Sessions

At the Virtual Gathering, we are offering 3 different timeblocks for workshops.

  • Monday-Friday Workshops - Each workshop is held over five sessions (Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3). Each session runs from 1:30-3pm EDT (10:30am-12pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 300s
  • Sunday, June 28 Workshops - Each workshop is held over three 90-minute sessions: 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm, and 4:30-6pm, EDT (8:30am-10am, 11am-12:30pm, and 1:30-3pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 100s
  • Saturday, July 4 Workshops - Each workshop is held over three 90-minute sessions: 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm, and 4:30-6pm, EDT (8:30am-10am, 11am-12:30pm, and 1:30-3pm PDT) These workshops are numbered in the 200s

Workshops will be held on Zoom. Some workshops leaders have said participation by phone is ok, for those who don't have the ability to use Zoom and need to call in on a phone line. These are noted in the workshop descriptions under "Audio-only participation?". 

Workshop Materials

Several workshops will be sharing materials on FGC's Spiritual Deepening eRetreat platform - those are indicated the workshop descriptions.

If your workshop leader has recommended reading, look for it in the Virtual Gathering Bookstore.

Frequently Asked Questions about workshops

2020 Workshop Descriptions

Click on the workshop title to read a detailed description. Use the filter tools to display workshop by audience type (age group), or by keyword. Workshops marked with * are for different levels of experience - learn more about anti-racism workshop levels. Workshops leaders may be adding more details to their workshop pages.  

NOTE : Workshops are listed ten per page. Please scroll to the bottom and click on a page number or "next" to view more workshops, or to view all the workshops at once, select "all" under "Items per page" in the filter box.

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Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 28) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?:

Come explore the spiritual practice of Couple Dialogue - a way of being with your partner that asks you to listen deeply, speak compassionately, and hold each other lovingly. In this safe and sacred space, we invite couples to reconnect with their beloved and to the Spirit within and between them.

Workshop Number 100 | Michael Green | Marsha Green

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 28) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes (but with limited/incomplete participation)

Diane Randall and Amelia Kegan will present about FCNL’s Quaker advocacy on the federal response to COVID-19. Then, FCNL advocacy trainers will lead interactive workshop sessions on advocacy storytelling, communicating with Congress, and virtual lobbying on COVID-19. Learn how to put your faith into action to change public policy!

Workshop Number 101 | FCNL Staff

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 28) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

Focusing on the Defund Hate campaign, participants will learn to enact the Quaker Social Change Ministry in their Quaker Meeting or community to accompany immigrants. Through this spirit guided social change model, participants will practice making connections between immigration detention and deportation and immoral funding decisions made in Congress.

Workshop Number 102 | Peniel Ibe | Maggie Fogarty

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 28) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: No

We will study skills that help Meetings, and groups within and outside Quakers, resolve issues, find vision, direction, unity of understanding. In this shortened timeframe we will concentrate on deep listening; on forgiveness; and on using these tools to help open the way to new vision, to unity.

Participants in this workshop will have access to materials and supplemental resources through FGC's Spiritual Deepening eRetreat platform​.

Workshop Number 103 | Tom Rothschild | Ed Elder

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 28) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

SPICES are values Quakers agree should guide their movements through the world. It seems implicit that “equity” is embedded within all of these other values, but the culture of white America doesn’t guarantee Friends always have equity on their minds. We’ll discuss ways to integrate equity consciousness into our practice.

Workshop Number 104 | Oskar Castro

Workshop timeslot: Saturday (July 4) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes

For those wanting to become more whole-heartedly receptive and responsive to divine guidance. In this workshop we'll explore practices to support each other in faithfulness and help each other discern next steps in following our calls and leadings, as way opens. We'll pray for each other and go forth encouraged.

Participants in this workshop will have access to materials and supplemental resources through FGC's Spiritual Deepening eRetreat platform​.

Workshop Number 200 | Marcelle Martin

Workshop timeslot: Saturday (July 4) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Welcome to join, but may diminish their experience

We will spend the day around the question, "What does it look like for People Of Color to de-center whiteness and practice self care within Quakerism?" We will think within the frameworks of past, present, future and mind, body, spirit. For People of Color only.

Workshop Number 201 | Regina Renee Ward | Sarah Haber

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 29-July 3) - five 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes 

When was the last time you were free of worry, really laughed, and your entire body relaxed? This workshop is for seekers and the weary to rest. We’ll learn simple forms of energy work, clothes-on massage, or meditation each morning, working in pairs. All abilities welcome. Oodles of grace.

Workshop Number 300 | John Calvi

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 29-July 3) - five 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: No

Friends will build a plan to bring advocacy opportunities into their Meetings or schools. After developing advocacy toolboxes, Friends can create and build momentum for Quaker advocacy in their communities. Participant experiences and leadings will help shape the workshop, alongside Christine and Lauren’s education and advocacy experiences. 

Workshop Number 301 | Christine Ashley | Lauren Brownlee

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 29-July 3) - five 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?

An advanced workshop for Friends actively engaged in racial justice work. We will share successful approaches to addressing White Supremacy and colonialism that will enhance our techniques for challenging racial and ethnic divisions. Participants must write a statement about their work.

Workshop Number 302 | Vanessa Julye | Janice Domanik

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