I'm going to a gathering

The Friends General Conference Gathering, that is. There are many workshops at the gathering, but few are chosen -- at least by me. There just weren't very many that appealed to me. I thought about Carl Magruder's EarthQuaker workshop, or the Sacred Harp singing, which was closed already by the time we were registering.

However, one workshop really hit the spot. After all, one workshop is as many as I can take in one week. That's a sign that the workshop committee did a good job discerning a wide range of workshops to appeal to many Friends, not just me.

Today, an email confirmed I will be in that one workshop: "Deepening the Silence, Inviting Vital Ministry," with Debbie Humphries and Peter Crysdale. Reading the full description, it feels right to me. I knew Peter when he was on staff at Friends Committee on Legislation and sometimes attended our meeting; I wrote about him a little once before. He is an inspired and inspiring vocal minister. Oh, and Rebecca Sullivan said she took this workshop last year and liked it pretty well. So, I am looking forward to it.

Here's part of the workshop description:
Can we create a new culture of ministry among Friends that guides and nudges our meetings towards being faithful in the Spirit? Since Friends’ silent worship is rooted and grounded in listening for the voice of God, how do we nurture a fresh understanding when the Voice of God is not a part of the culture or experience of some Friends and some Meetings?

Sounds like it will complement nicely the interest group that Robin and Liz are organizing, "From Small Nudges to Faithful Obedience." Here's Robin's post and Liz's post, in case you missed them the first time around.

I'm printing out half the advance reading -- Howard Brinton’s Prophetic Ministry. The other half is William Taber’s Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, which I read from the meeting library some time ago. Guess it's time to do so again.


anj said...

That sounds like a workshop I would be interested in too. Have an awesome, spiritfull time at the Gathering.

kathy said...

This workshop sounds really interesting Chris. I am looking forward to reading your reflections afterward. Just the queries in the description are well worth sitting with a while.

Chris M. said...

anj and kathy: Yes, I hope it's as interesting as it sounds. And I do hope to report back afterward. The Brinton pamphlet on Prophetic Ministry is quite interesting!

Liz in the Mist said...

Hope to meet you at Gathering! I am not in a workshop (am the morning coordinator for Group C) but will be participating in afternoon act.

Paul L said...

Chris -- I'm sure your choice will be a good one, but in fact the Sacred Harp workshop was NOT closed -- it was an error in the programming that indicated it was. So if you change your mind, we'd love to have you join our little band.