A Quaker Congregation in Putney, Vermont ~ Worship, Fellowship, Education, Activist Support
“What Would It Look Like…?”
…to come more fully alive, together?
…for our faith communities to be filled with the power of the Spirit?
…to heal the wounds of racism and ecological destruction?
…to nurture a world of love and hope?
In my service among Friends across New England, I’m blessed to glimpse the many ways we are living into the promise of all that is possible when we open ourselves to the Light—step by faithful step.
As summer turns to fall, I’m writing to share news and joy from Annual Sessions, to lift up clear voices of New England Friends, and to highlight resources supporting faithfulness in our Quaker communities.
Read on for a preview of the upcoming Living Faith gathering, ways to engage in the work of racial justice and other opportunities to connect with the rich and thriving web of New England Friends of which you are an essential part.
In faith and service,
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
News and Joy from Annual Sessions
Friends gathered for the 356th Annual Sessions of New England Yearly Meeting turned our attention toward the spiritual imperatives our communities and our world face, committing to action in the areas of racial justice, climate change and support for LGBT people.
From August 6-11, more than 600 New England Friends joined by many guests considered together how we are led by the Spirit to help nourish the Quaker movement throughout our region in this important time.
At Annual Sessions in August, New England Friends for the first time formally recognized the urgency of the climate crisis as a spiritual imperative and committed to strengthening our response as a web of faith communities.
Continuing the role New England Friends are increasingly playing in encouraging wider collaboration across the Quaker world, this year NEYM Religious Education and Outreach Coordinator Beth Collea helped produce a Community of Practice Resource Guide to accompany the QuakerSpeak video linked below, developed in partnership with Friends World Committee for Consultation and the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative.
September 24, Hartford, CT: Joint meeting of the Permanent Boardand Ministry & Counsel Committee of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends. Come experience worship, fellowship and discernment with these two groups caring for the work and ministry of New England Friends throughout the year. All welcome!
November 5, Portland, ME: Living Faith Gathering.The first in a new series of semiannual daylong gatherings sponsored by New England Yearly Meeting of Friends for Nurturing Spirituality, Fostering Community, and Strengthening Witness.