Live Web Coverage from FGC (not)

23028940_2a342308d2Over on Beppe­blog Joe dreams of dai­ly web cov­er­age of the FGC Gath­er­ing [Update: link long dead]. Well, FGC’s not pay­ing its web­mas­ter (me, for now) for such ser­vice but I’ll try to sneak in a few posts between book­store cus­tomers. The book­store set-up was remark­ably easy. There was no truck cri­sis, no com­put­er cri­sis, no get­ting lost on highways.

As reg­u­lar read­ers will know, I’m lead­ing a work­shop called “Strangers to the Covenant” with Zachary Moon and this morn­ing was the first work­shop. Although it was billed as a work­shop for high school stu­dents and adult young Friend (so 15 – 35 years old), though almost all of the par­tic­i­pants are high school­ers (what does that mean?). It seems like a great bunch. I arrived about fif­teen min­utes ear­ly to cen­ter in wor­ship; two of the atten­ders came in the room and sat with me and one by one every­one came in and joined the wor­ship. I had to won­der if a group of old­er Friends would have been able to resist the temp­ta­tion to ask about each other’s jew­el­ry, com­plain about the air con­di­tion­ing, etc.

Julie reports that the cafe­te­ria food is good. We’ve also been hap­py patrons of Gillie’s and Bollo’s Café.

  • Fun­ny thing about those high school stu­dents, they make great Quak­ers. Work­ing with the New Eng­land Year­ly Meet­ing Young Friends (High School) the adult lead­ers are always amazed at the depth of wor­ship and the clar­i­ty of pas­sion among these younger friends.
    Hope the work­shop goes well.
    And no, I have not found the café with wi-fi. I just escape to my dorm room and con­nect via eth­er­net. By around 7pm I am com­plete­ly peo­pled out and need some qui­et blog time alone.
    FGC: So many Quak­ers and so lit­tle qual­i­ty time alone.

  • Lov­ing greet­ings from Port­land, Ore­gon, USA. I’m pray­ing for your workshop.

  • Re: Depth of wor­ship and clar­i­ty of pas­sion among younger Friends: This is pre­cise­ly my obser­va­tion on the evan­gel­i­cal end of things as well, specif­i­cal­ly North­west Year­ly Meeting.

  • Hey there, every­one. Am still recov­er­ing from my own expe­ri­ences at Gath­er­ing. Read­ing oth­er Quak­er blogs is help­ing me slow­ly, care­ful­ly return to life in the Twin Cities.
    Mar­tin, you write:
    I had to won­der if a group of old­er Friends would have been able to resist the temp­ta­tion to ask about each other’s jew­el­ry, com­plain about the air con­di­tion­ing, etc.
    The answer for me is: Yes.
    Like your expe­ri­ence of wor­ship in your work­shop, mine was near­ly the same: I arrived 15 – 30 min­utes ear­ly, arranged my notes, and set­tled into ground­ing wor­ship. As the 18 – 20 Friends arrived, they eas­i­ly and quick­ly sat them­selves and joined me, wor­ship­ful­ly. The wor­ship felt rich, deep, and connecting.
    I hope to write a sum­ma­ry of my own Gath­er­ing expe­ri­ence — a pos­i­tive one, with sev­er­al sur­pris­es — on The Good Raised Up. Stay tuned.
    Blessings,
    Liz, The Good Raised Up

  • Hi Liz: Well I’m glad some of the old fogeys still remem­ber how to wor­ship (wink and a smile!). Your Friend, Martin