New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Weed Memorial Lecture: "... and Covenant" with Emily Provance


Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm


6 Chestnut St
Boston , MA


Beacon Hill Friends House is honored to welcome Emily Provance to deliver the 2019 Ernest and Esther Weed Memorial Lecture, entitled “…and Covenant: Spiritual Gifts and the Beloved Community”:

We are not all the same.  Some of our differences are blessedly God-given.  We are organizers, prayers, workers, carers, innovators, provocateurs, and healers.  We are made to fit together like a set of puzzle pieces, as we name, affirm, and nurture spiritual gifts and ministries.

But some of our differences are not God-given.  Some of our differences are imposed by society and circumstance.  Race, age, country of origin, gender identity, economic status, and many other factors influence how others see us and how we see ourselves.  How does this affect the puzzle pieces?  How does it affect the ways in which we understand the whole?

We can move forward stumblingly, powerfully, persistently, and always together when we remember that we are a covenant people, as we read in Jeremiah: “You will be my people, and I will be your God.”

Emily Provance is a member of 15th Street Friends Meeting in New York Yearly Meeting. As a member of Good News Associates, she travels in the ministry and works with meetings around the world as well as with Friends General Conference, Friends World Committee for Consultation, and Friends United Meeting.

You can learn more about Emily and read her writing at her website, “Turning, Turning: Holy Experiments Among Friends.”

This event is free and open to the public. The room is wheelchair accessible. RSVPs are requested but not required. Childcare is available by advance request: please email [email protected] by May 31. (We will try to accommodate requests made after that date, but it can be hard to find a provider on short notice.) An informal reception will follow.

Contact Information

Emily Savin

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]