Will You Join Us?

Each August, hundreds of Quakers from across New England and beyond join together for worship, fellowship and seeking God’s guidance in meeting for business. Together we find nourishment, connection and encouragement to live our faith in the world.

The 2018 Annual Sessions of New England Yearly Meeting are almost here. This year, we’ll meet August 4-9 in Castleton, Vermont. Our theme will be In fear and trembling be bold in God’s service.”

Here’s why we’re writing:

  • You must register by July 13 to be guaranteed housing. If you have any special needs (such as “no stairs” or air-conditioning), please register by this date so we can best match rooms to peoples’ needs.
  • If you’re already registered, have you considered inviting someone from your meeting to attend for the first time? Just click one of the icons below to share this message.
  • Maybe you’ve never attended Annual Sessions—for all kinds of reasons. Or maybe you’ve been away for while. But could this be the year? Your wider community of Friends would love to welcome you—you and your meeting are a vital part of the Quaker movement across our region!
  • Maybe you’re just running late in registering this year. Remember, the sooner you register, the more it helps us to plan and to be able to accommodate your housing and other needs.

So, may we welcome you to Annual Sessions this year?

Click on the button below to get started—or read on for more details about this year’s gathering.

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Sessions Programs

Bible Half-Hours: Diane Randall

Diane is the Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation and a member of Hartford (CT) Monthly Meeting.

She grew up in the Lutheran church, where she first encountered the Bible. Diane writes: “the teachings of Jesus have always been in my heart. Becoming a Friend helped me see a way of practicing my faith in a holistic way, and I’m continually convinced at how much practice it takes.”

Plenary Speakers: Sarah Walton, Meg Klepack, and Adria Gulizia

A plenary panel of three friends will speak to the theme: Sarah Walton (Vassalboro, ME, Friends Meeting), Meg Klepack (West Falmouth, MA, Preparative Meeting) and Adria Gulizia (New York Yearly Meeting) have each accepted the invitation to serve on this panel.

Sarah has been called to the work of ending racially biased policing and police violence in the U.S. Meg is active in the group called to prophetic action on climate change in New England. Adria Gulizia writes the blog Shadow of Babylon and is a member of the Friends of Jesus Fellowship.

Workshops and Anchor Groups

Anchor Groups will meet daily for reflection, discussion and worship, serving as a “home base” to return to, providing a place for grounding and deeper sharing.

Friends will share their gifts, explore a wide range of topics, and host discussions in workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday.

See the full list of workshops here

Youth Programs

The Youth Ministries of New England Yearly Meeting offer dynamic and grounded spiritual communities of peers for younger Friends, from infants in Childcare to teenagers in Young Friends. There’s also a program supporting and connecting younger adults.

Learn more about youth programs at Sessions.

Building the Beloved Community

Annual Sessions offers many great ways to participate, including:

  • Contradance
  • Intergenerational Worship
  • Shared Meals
  • Memorial Meeting
  • Evening Interest Groups
  • Early Morning Worship
  • Community Coffeehouse
  • Family Neighborhood
FInd Out More About Sessions 2018

Can’t make it to Annual Sessions, but want to support others?

Your financial contribution supports the participation of all Friends regardless of means, and sustains the vital ministries of New England Quakers throughout the year. 


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