Monday, July 7, 2008

New Kind of Quaker Conference - November 2008

Hey Everyone,
Just letting you know that Max Carter is planning a Quaker Renewal conference in November to be held at Deep River Friends Meeting in High Point, NC. It's theme will be "A New Kind of Quaker" and is intended to bring together young adults, seasoned (old) adults, and others that have an interest in what a "new kind of Quaker" looks like for the 21st century. The following is a "teaser" of what to expect in terms of interest groups, speakers, etc:

"A New Kind of Quakerism?"
A Quaker Renewal Program Workshop

November 14-15, 2008
Deep River Friends Meeting

Sponsored by Friends Center at Guilford College (Preceded by a three-week book study of Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw's "Jesus for President")

Friday, November 14
6:45 pm Registration and refreshments
7:15 pm "A New Kind of Quakerism? Convergent Friends and Young Adult
Friends' Concerns" - Betsy Blake (tentative "yes," pending
8:15 pm Worship-sharing groups, with word exercises and discussion
9:00 pm Closing worship

Saturday, November 15
9:00 am Pastries and drinks
9:15 am First workshop offerings

1. Building intergenerational community in the RSoF: initiatives of FGC's youth ministries committee - Maia Hallward
2. A new technology for a new Quakerism - Scott Wagoner?
3. The experience of YAF gatherings at Lancaster, Burlington, and Richmond - Rebecca Sullivan (yes); Megan Fair? Nathan Sebens? Betsy Blake?
10:30 am Break

11:00 am Second workshop offerings
1. So what are we afraid of? - Dave Mercadante?
2. Sharing the experience of QLSP alumni and current students - Evelyn Jadin, et. al.?
3. Panel of YAFs from different branches - Megan Fair, et. al.
12:15 pm Lunch break.
1:00 pm "A Spiritual Journey from Unprogrammed Friends through QLSP
into Programmed Friends" - Evelyn Jadin?
2:00 pm Worship-sharing groups.
3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm Third workshop offerings
1. What's our place as YAFs in the RSoF/ What are YAFs doing now? - Erin Wagoner and Stephen Dotson (yes)
2. "Emergent" and "Convergent": the broader Christian context for a new Quaker movement - Tony Lowe and April Baker
3. The making of "Can We All be Friends?" - Betsy Blake (yes,
pending discernment)
4:45 pm Closing semi-programmed worship.


Lovin' Life Liz said...

This looks amazing. I pray way will open for me to be able to attend.

mike of argonia said...

alphabet soup questions...what is QLSP? and what is a convergent Friend? new terms to me. please reply.

Scott Wagoner said...

Hey Mike - QSLP is Quaker Scholars Leadership Program that is run through Guilford College here in North Carolina. As for Convergent Friends, this is a group or movement that is somewhat akin to the emergent movement - but make up of Quakers are who seeking to move beyond the categories and labels (ie, liberal, evangelical,unprogrammed, programmed) and simply focus on following Jesus and communing with the Living Chris in such a way that we are following the call of Christ into the world. Google "convergent friends" and it should take you to their websites and other info. You can also google "Robin Mohr" - she is a Quaker in San Francisco that has written about convergent friends and coined the term.

Liz Opp said...

In addition to what Scott offers as ways to learn more about Convergent Friends, there are these options:

1. Look at the QuakerQuaker listing for posts that have been tagged as Convergent.

2. Read the October 2007 Friends Journal article about Convergent Friends, also found here online.

3. Here are two links that cover some basics about Convergent Friends:

Robin M's own definition

My own take on some of the myths that are out there

Liz Opp, The Good Raised Up

Robin M. said...

I wish I could come!

There will also be another gathering at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, February 20-22, 2009 with Robin Mohr and Wess Daniels - more details will be forthcoming soon.

PamelaDraper said...

How very exciting! I'm an FGC Quaker from Philadelphia who has an interest in Convergent Quakerism and was (briefly) at the YAF conference in Burlington. I have a very strong feeling that I should be at this conference. I will wait to see if the feeling turns into a real leading and way opens for me to attend! :) How can I receive more information about the details of the conference?

Jon said...

Looks great! I'll try to be there!

-jon Watts