Three Days Left to Give

Three Days Left to Give

Here we have a prospect of one common interest from which our own is inseparable, that to turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives… 
                                                                            – John Woolman, 1763
Dear Friends,

We have just three days to go before the end of the fiscal year for New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (NEYM)—and we need your help.

Thanks to Friends’ generous support, here’s a snapshot of some of what we’ve been able to do together in the past year:

  • Publish a monthly newsletter lifting up the life and ministry of New England Quakers–sharing Friends’ stories, and amplifying our shared witness on the climate crisis and work for racial justice;
  • Partner with local meetings to help foster multigenerational relationships, and integrate young adults & families more fully in our faith communities;
  • Offer workshops and opportunities for connection among those whose service sustains our local meetings, from clerks and treasurers to members of ministry & counsel committees;
  • Remove barriers to participation and offer a wider welcome through the use of the Pay-As-Led approach to event fees;
  • Host events that nurtured Quaker faith and practice, including Annual Sessions, Living Faith gatherings, youth retreats, spiritual nurture workshops, and more;
  • Support those who work with our youngest Friends, providing training and background screenings for youth workers, and implementing our newly-approved child safety policy;
  • Consult with Friends and local meetings to imagine new and better ways to support the spiritual health and life of children and their families throughout New England;
  • Through time-sensitive public statements, ecumenical engagement, and organizing, raise a more powerful voice on behalf of Friends in our wider region on vital issues of our times.

Meeting our financial goals means we’ll be able to continue this work.

Contribute Now
Here’s some good news: We’re almost there–with a total goal of $200,000, and with committed intentions, we’ve raised more than $195,000 in gifts by generous Friends, from Connecticut to Maine.

If we can raise $5000 in the next three days, we’ll have exceeded our budgeted goal this year, and taken another important step toward financial sustainability and the thriving of New England Friends.

The work of Love–of which our shared ministries are a part–is the business of our lives. May all the treasures we are able to share help it thrive, now and in the coming months.

If you have given in the past year, thank you. If you haven’t, I hope you’ll consider contributing now in whatever amount you can afford.

Regardless of your ability to contribute financially, thank you for all of the ways you share your gifts with the world through our Quaker communities of faith.

In faith and service,

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

P.S.: All online contributions or checks dated September 30, 2018 or before will count toward our annual fundraising goal. 

P.P.S.: Don’t forget to check out the upcoming Living Faith gatherings to be held this year in Hartford, Connecticut on October 27, and in Southeastern New England in April—hope to see you there!

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