Fall Fellowship Interest Groups and Workshops

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Friday, Nov. 4th, 7:00–9:00 pm 

Vanessa Julye (Via Zoom)
2021 Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture: “Radical Transformation: Long Overdue for the Religious Society of Friends.”

Viewing with discussion to follow. There is an accompanying pamphlet which you can purchase from FGC Bookstore here: https://quakerbooks.org/products/radical-trasformation.  This event will be primarily online, along with a small group of on-site attendees who are coming Friday evening.

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2:00–3:45 pm 

Towards Right Relationships with Native Peoples (In-Person only)
A program of Friends Peace Teams with Paula Palmer

In this participatory program, we experience the history of the colonization of Turtle Island, the land that is now known as the United States. The story is told through the words of Indigenous leaders, European/American leaders, and Western historians. We engage with this history through experiential exercises and small group discussions. And we are invited to consider how we can build relationships with Indigenous peoples based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.

Weaving Ourselves Together Without Words: (In-Person & on Zoom)
Using relaxation, movement, and dance for fun and connection.

We will begin with relaxation (chairs, or bring your own yoga mat) for some inward refreshment.  Then, we will move in unstructured ways, in silence or with music.  Some up-tempo oldies from the rock-and-roll era will increase our pace.  The ending?  That’s a surprise.  Come and play!  Led by Georgia Daniels.

Sunday, Nov. 7th, 10:30–11:45 am

F/friends in Unlikely Places: (In-Person & on Zoom)
Engaging Those Who Disagree

Does talking to legislators who don’t agree with you feel like an exercise in futility? In this workshop led by FCNL’s Bobby Trice, we’ll make the case for engaging legislators with differing views and discuss how to have those conversations faithfully and effectively. Drawing on theoretical, strategic, and spiritual frameworks from Quaker tradition, this workshop will equip F/friends with new skills for communicating across political divides, practicing seeing that of God in people we disagree with, and building relationships to make change in Congress. 

Spirit & Structure in the Life of the Meeting: (In-Person & on Zoom)
Being welcoming to all, making and keeping connections, saying “yes,” “no” and “what if” in response to Spirit

Part of a wider conversation about the future of the Yearly Meeting, quarterly meeting, the Society.   Robin DuRant & Stephen Pope will convene.

Deep Listening: (In-Person & on Zoom)

Using some practices from AVP we will practice listening deeply and, conversely, speaking to a person whose only job is to listen—not advise, sympathize, judge, convince or argue.  The session will also include time for reflection and open discussion.  Led by Jack Leshefka.