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

This workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience sharing. All work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a suggested $10 materials charge.

Workshop Number 303 | Steve Mohlke

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

Our workshop will move along the trajectory from awakening to the crisis to hope for addressing it. Leader presentations and group discussions will be motivated by a series of slides. Additional discussion will be invited by queries. If the number of participants is large and Friends wish to, we’ll break into small groups for some of the discussions.

Workshop Number 304 | Emily Northrop

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

The experience of worshipful communion with Spirit is ineffable. We meet in silence to devote our attention to the Divine, giving ourselves over to God's loving care and power. 

Workshop Number 305 | Jorge Arauz

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 29-July 3) - five 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes (but it will be a richer experience for those that can have both visual and audio)

"Decolonizing Our Future: A Road to Liberation" ​is a workshop that walks participants through the process of building and implementing liberation principles for themselves and systemic change work while grounding the group in the history, legacy, and impact of colonialism and racism.

Workshop Number 306 | Nia Eubanks-Dixon | Sophia Burns

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

This workshop will look at the theological contributions of four early Friends: Dorothy White, Samuel Fisher, Richard Farnworth, and Margaret Fell -- in the light of the most recent scholarship. What were they trying to say to their contemporaries, and what do they have to say to us today?

Workshop Number 307 | Stephen Angell

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

If you were accused of being a Quaker, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Join us to explore how SPICES --- Simplicity and moderation, Peace and nonviolence, Integrity and honesty, Community and love, Equality and justice, and Stewardship -- are reflected in the lives we lead.

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

Workshop Number 308 | Rosemary Coffey

Workshop timeslot: Mon-Fri (June 29-July 3) - five 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes (participants must have a way to watch/stream movies on their own)

Participants will view five assigned movies on their own and participate in a 90 minute discussion of a specific movie each day of the Virtual Gathering. Chosen movies will be primarily produced/written/directed by People of Color - thus presented with a People of Color gaze.
Participants must have access to Amazon Prime and Netflix. Some movies might have a small fee for watching.

Workshop Number 309 | Carolyn Lejuste

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

We will use activities and discussion to explore Quaker life not centered on belief in God. What is spirituality for nontheist Friends? What are our challenges? How can all Friends grow from theological diversity within Quakerism? All seekers will find a safe space to celebrate and deepen their spiritual lives.

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

Workshop Number 310 | Robin Mallison Alpern

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

This workshop is designed to provide a framework to better understand the Religious Society of Friends (unprogrammed, theologically diverse Friends), and give participants an opportunity to reflect and converse with fellow seekers.  It is intended primarily for relative newcomers to Quakerism. We will explore Friends’ spirituality, history, and practices.

Workshop Number 311 | Michael Levi | Jade Eaton

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

This workshop is an introduction to the scholarship about the Jesus of history. It reveals a nonviolent, broadly accepting Jesus who modeled an "upside-down" Kingdom.  The Jesus of history can inspire Friends who have various perspectives regarding Jesus. We will explore the implications of this scholarship for Quakerism. 

Workshop Number 312 | Richard Mitchell | Betsy Neale

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