Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


Spiritual Deepening Offering: When the Spirit Calls Book Discussion

This Spiritual Deepening group combines discussion of When the Spirit Calls by Jay Marshall with workshop opportunities to think more deeply about how call and discernment may be present in one's own life. Our time together will include a combination of author presentation, short readings from the book, questions for conversation, and reflection opportunities. Each 90 minute session will focus on two of the book's ten chapters.  

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers

The Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the experience of Quaker worship and silent waiting, for an inward encounter with Inner Teacher who leads, guides, and transforms us every day.  This session is offered for people who are curious about Quakers or new to Quakerism and will explore the basics of Quaker theology and practice.

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: The Book of Joy Discussion

This book discussion will explore the challenges of living a joyful life through a discussion of The Book of Joy, by the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Book of Joy book discussion group will meet weekly on Sundays at 7:30pm Eastern / 5:30pm Mountain time starting May 3, 2020 and continuing through the end of May. The group will decide together whether to meet on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10.

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Building a Meaningful and Connected Life

The Building a Meaningful and Connected Life eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of meaning-making, resiliency, renewal, and life transitions. Rather than focusing on death and dying, this eRetreat explores the spiritual gifts of aging across the lifespan. 

Week 1: What is a Meaningful Life?

Week 2: What Gets in the Way?

Week 3: Resilient Transitions

Week 4: Renewal

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Weaving a Wider Welcome

Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many of you that the answer to that question is often no. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits-- especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color.  In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

In this workshop you will learn:

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: A Quaker Way of Living with Dying

The A Quaker Way of Living with Dying eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of death. Growing old, even when that means facing physical or other changes, can help us focus on what is essential.  This eRetreat was previous offered with the title Aging, Death, and Dying.

Learn More: What to expect during a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat


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