New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

NEYM Annual Sessions

Saturday, ​August 2 through Thursday, August 7, 2014

(Registration opens in early June)

For the first time in our 354 years, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends will gather for our Annual Sessions in Vermont!  We hope you’ll join us on the beautiful campus of Castleton State College in Castleton, VT.

Our Theme: “You are my Witnesses”

Our Plenary Speaker: Niyonu Spann has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at Friends General Conference, Yearly Meetings and Quaker colleges, presenting on topics ranging from diversity to organizational transformation, often including music.

Our Bible Half Hour Presenter: Thomas Gates, a physician, Quaker author and speaker, is the author of well-known Pendle Hill pamphlets, including “Members One of Another: the Dynamics of Membership in Quaker Meeting” and “Opening the Scriptures - Bible Lessons from the 2005 FGC Annual Gathering.”

Our Tuesday Evening Entertainment: Jon Watts, a popular Quaker singer, songwriter and videographer will provide our Tuesday evening intergenerational entertainment.  Explore some of Jon’s work at

As we prepare to transition to our new space at Castleton State College, we look forward to continuing to share in the activities that we have grown to love about this annual gathering with hundreds of Friends from throughout New England and beyond:

  • Opportunities for worship with Friends in beloved community, including Sunday morning welcoming worship with our entire community and early morning worship that draws upon the different parts of our tradition

  • The business of the New England Yearly Meeting grounded in deep worship

  • Gathering in smaller groups that will anchor us in our time together

  • A plenary talk that will encourage us, challenge us, and inspire us

  • Afternoon times for Friends to learn and work together in workshops, other gatherings, or to rest and play, as we are led

  • Daily engagement with scripture in Bible Half Hour

  • Our youth growing and learning in fantastic programs with loving staff

  • Committees gathering to continue the threads of work from our year together

  • Singing at vespers and meals and whenever else we are moved to do

  • A creative evening concert experience for all

  • A coffeehouse evening of performances filled with laughter and joy

  • Healthy and nutritious meals shared with Friends in communal dining

  • Two bookstores where we will find much to read and share for all ages

  • Friendly shuttles and drivers to get us to and from all of these places

  • A commitment to welcome Friends from all distances and aspects of our yearly meeting community


New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 754-6760 - neym [at] neym [dot] org