Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 12/12/2014

Read The New England Friend online.

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I’m pleased to share with you the latest online edition of The New England Friend.

Read The New England Friend online

One of the great joys of my work is getting to see new Life rising up in so many corners of our Quaker community. In a season when our society and our world seem besieged by conflict, violence and injustice, I find hope in the ways our meetings–at our best–can serve as circles of Light. I keep hearing stories of how we are helping one another find courage, seek deeper relationship with our neighbors and with Creation, and join with others to build the world of wholeness and right relationship that Jesus called the Reign of Heaven–and what Martin Luther King, Jr. called The Beloved Community.

As the demonstrations seeking deep change in response to the laying bare of systemic injustices mount across the country, and with the release of the Senate report on torture making visible the tragic costs of failing to acknowledge that of God in one another, I believe recommitting ourselves to living our faith as Friends is ever more important. We need each other’s help to be faithful, to consider the implications of Ferguson and Guantanamo in the lives of each one of us. Friends, how is the Spirit shaking our assumptions, calling us to pray, to serve, to witness, to speak, to act? How can we share that news with one another, strengthening connections and helping each other find courage and humility to learn, to grow, and to live?

In this online content, you’ll find news from the growing edges of the Quaker movement in our region, including exciting updates giving you a glimpse of new explorations in several of our diverse local meetings.


As you’ll read below, New England Friends are helping to kindle new collaborations in support of Quaker religious education, and partnering with Friends organizations like Quaker Voluntary Service and Friends World Committee for Consultation to bring the richness of the global community of Friends to enliven our life together in New England, in worship and in witness.

I hope you’ll also check out the updates on our work to improve our Yearly Meeting’s staffing and organizational structure to better support the life of the Spirit among us. Finally, we’ve included a summary of highlights from this past summer’s Annual Sessions, held for the first time in our 354-year history in Vermont. The full Minutes of business sessions are posted online. It would be wonderful to welcome even more of our Quaker family next summer at Sessions in Vermont, August 1-6, 2015.

Below are two events I’d like to especially highlight in the coming months, with more information to be posted to the online calendar and shared with local meetings soon. The conversation will be more complete with your meeting’s participation!

Finally, we want to hear from you. Do you have:

  • News to share about the life of the Spirit in your corner of New England?
  • Examples of successes or creative new initiatives in your local meeting?
  • Reflections on how your faith leads you into witness and action for our world?
  • Suggestions on how we might help this newsletter be an even more useful tool to connect and energize Friends communities in New England?
Please send an email to Office Manager Sara Hubner at sends e-mail) or call the office at 508-754-6760 to learn more about submissions, suggest upcoming themes and share how the Light is at work in your meeting.

In faith and friendship,

Noah Baker Merrill

Noah Baker Merrill
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)

Read The New England Friend online

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 12/10/2014

Understanding the Torture Report- NEYM

New England Yearly Meeting,

In the wake of the release of the Senate report on U.S. torture, we hope Friends will join Friends Committee on National Legislation in mourning our government’s involvement in torture, calling for justice, and working to grow toward a world without torture.

With gratitude for the faithful work and witness of New England Friends John Calvi of Putney Friends Meeting, John Humphries of Hartford Meeting, and many others over so many years. #TortureReport

When We Became the Evil We Deplore: Understanding the Torture Report
Today is a day for justice, but it must also be one for growth.
Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 12/01/2014

How Quakers Can Transform The World

Noah Baker Merrill expresses how Quakers can transform the world in this QuakerSpeak video:

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 11/21/2014

Meeting House Rental Form Now On Line!

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Application for Use of Space is now available online!

We have a new page on the Putney Friends Meeting website for Meeting house rentals. Click here to check it out.

You can also download the form here:


Application Rental Form


Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 11/17/2014

Social Justice Film Fest-The Two Row Wampum


Putney Friends Meeting  presentation: Kay Olan w Hiawatha Belt

“The Two Row Wampum”

at: Next Stage

Kimball Hill Rd., Putney, VT


On Thursday November 20th at 7:00 PM

This film features stunning footage of the 28 day paddling journey from the Onondaga Nation to the United Nations in New York City during the summer of 2013 to re-ratify a 400 year old treaty.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion by the participants.

Non-perishable food donations will benefit the Putney Food Shelf

$5.00 suggested donation is requested for the upkeep of this  wonderful venue!



Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 11/13/2014

Week 2: Social Justice Film Festival Tonight!

The Social Justice Film Festival, sponsored by Putney Friends Meeting continues this evening (Nov. 13th) The Festival is to benefit the Food Shelf and Homeless Shelter.
Time 7 pm.
Place: Next Stage in Putney
$5 Donation is requested towards the upkeep of the theater.
Bring a can of food and/or a warm jacket

Nov. 13:The Dharma Brothers

How lives were changed by the introduction of silent meditation at a maximum security prison.

Coming up next week, Nov. 20:The Two Row Wampum

A very special presentation . More to follow..

Posted by: stevechase | 11/11/2014

Artist-in-Residence Opportunity at Pendle Hill

Arts PhotoAre you a Quaker Artist looking for a spiritual community to live in while working on a creative project of your choice? Did you know that Pendle Hill provides Artist-in-Residence opportunities for between ten to thirty weeks each year through its Minnie Jane Arts Scholarship?

For those of you who haven’t heard about Pendle Hill, it is a 23 acre Quaker education, retreat, and conference center located near Philadelphia that offers at least one Quaker artist creative time every year where you can stay spiritually grounded in a regular pattern of community fellowship, work, worship, and study. As an Artist-in-Residence, you will be supported to focus on a project in fine arts, crafts, performing arts, creative writing, music composition or another artistic pursuit that demonstrates commitment to Quaker values, spirituality, ministry, witness and outreach in consultation with Pendle Hill’s Arts and Spirituality Teacher. You will also make good friends, eat lovingly prepared local and organic meals, and have the option of attending various Pendle Hill educational events while on Pendle Hill’s campus. Library privileges and auditing courses at nearby Swarthmore College are also a possibility.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2014-2015 “ACADEMIC” YEAR: We are currently accepting rolling applications for this academic year for residencies to take place between January through August, 2015.

DEADLINE FOR THE 2015-2016 “ACADEMIC” YEAR: March 1, 2015, for residencies that will take place between September 2015 and August 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: visit Pendle Hill’s website or write Jesse White, Pendle Hill’s Arts and Spirituality Teacher at

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 11/11/2014

New video section!


Introducing our new video section on

Scroll down the menu on the right hand side of the page and you will see it.

You can now view the video of the addition and renovation of the Meeting house!

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 11/08/2014

Adult Religious Education update

Our Adult Religious Education program continues to meet on 2nd and 4th Sundays between first and second Meeting in the Fellowship Room.  We are listening and responding to stories of the spiritual lives of folks from our Meeting.  Upcoming meetings will include the following presenters:
November 9th      Heidi Watts

November 23rd    Noah Baker Merrill

December 14th    Richard Brady

December 28th    Sandy Lynn

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 11/03/2014

Social Justice Film Festival 2014

Social Justice Film Festival 2014  sponsored by Putney Friends Meeting

To be held at Next Stage 15 Kimball Hill Rd., Putney, VT


Thurs .  Nov .  6th:      The Power of Song

The life and songs of Pete Seeger; a documentary

Thurs .  Nov .  13th:   The Dharma Brothers

How lives were changed by the introduction of silent meditation at a maximum security prison

Thurs .  Nov .  20th: The Two Row Wampum

A very special presentation . Keep this date open! More info to follow…

All shows at 7:00 pm

To benefit the Food Shelf and Homeless Shelter – Bring a can of food and/or a warm jacket- and a friend!

$5  Donation for upkeep of the theatre requested.

~SJ Film Fest poster link~

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