Meeting for Listening: the Spiritual Life in Our Local Meetings

A hybrid gathering for Friends across New England
June 24, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


11 Oxbox Pond Rd
Canterbury, NH 03224-2043
United States

Open Map


Join us for a day of worship, prayer, celebration, and discovery. Come together to explore the gifts and paths that our meeting's challenges have offered us the past year. Let’s see where Spirit is alive in our communities. 

We will reflect on the life in our local meetings to see where we can inform the Yearly Meeting on how to best support local meetings through programmatic priorities.

Together we will:

  • Dream together
  • Identify the resources meetings have to offer each other
  • Unpack themes in State of Society reports as well as trends from statistical reports
  • Explore what’s possible now

A guiding quote for the day will be the following:

“Friends are most in the Spirit when they stand at the crossing point of the inward and outward life.  And that is the intersection at which we find community. a place where the connections felt in the heart make themselves known in bonds between people, and where the tugging and pullings of those bonds keep opening our hearts.” (Parker Palmer, A Place Called Community, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #212, 1977)

This meeting will be planned and hosted by the clerk of Ministry and Counsel, the clerk of the Meeting Accompaniment Group, and by the Program Director.

Participants can participate in this event on-site at Concord (NH) Meeting, via Zoom, or gathered with a local cluster connected via Zoom.

Registration is now open. Whether you plan to participate via Zoom or gather with others, you can register for this free-of-charge event here. If you plan to attend on-site in Concord, please register by June 1st. This will help us comfortably accommodate everyone. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Questions? Curious about hosting a cluster gathering in your area? Email Ministry and Counsel Clerk Carl Williams.

Are you led to host a local cluster in your area? If, rather than travel to Concord, you are interested in inviting area Friends to gather at your meeting’s location in a regional cluster to participate in the gathering together, we would love to support you in doing so, as much as we are able. Contact us ([email protected] and [email protected]) to begin a conversation.

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to serve as event greeters and tech assistants. If you are interested in volunteering, email Nia ([email protected]).

Covid Precautions for this event

All in-person participants over the age of 4 years must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (with boosters strongly encouraged for all eligible). We ask all on-site participants to test before departing for this event. On-site participants are required to mask in the meeting room unless presenting or sharing vocal ministry. During lunch, there will be the opportunity to eat outdoors.

Ministry and Counsel Clerk
Carl Williams