New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

2018 Annual Report

Oct 17, 2018

Once again Faith and Practice Revision Committee began its year by mailing to our monthly meetings and worship groups the work we had presented at Sessions in 2017. Last fall we sent a draft on Membership and a draft on Personal Spiritual Practices. Meetings have continued to support our work by responding to the drafts with thoughtful comments, sometimes even giving us new wording for a section that has shown us the wisdom of their discernment. We are grateful for your support in this work.

Last summer two members retired from the committee and in the fall we welcomed two new members. We continue our work with ten members, meeting nine times during the year.

This year we have continued to work on sections within a chapter we are currently titling “Personal and Communal Spiritual Life.: We are bringing drafts of two new texts to sessions: “Pastoral Care” and “Dying, Death and Bereavement.” In September we will mail copies of these documents to the monthly meetings and worship groups asking for their input. Use them as occasion arises in the life of your meeting and report to us where your meeting would be better served by changes to the document.

In February we began revising the draft on Membership. We are bringing the revised Membership document to Sessions for preliminary approval. During Sessions, the Revision Committee will offer two opportunities for Friends who have read the document to meet with committee members to suggest final changes before the Yearly Meeting is asked to give the document preliminary approval.

When a document is given preliminary approval by the Yearly Meeting, meetings are asked to use the approved document in place of the 1985 NEYM Faith and Practice. This gives meetings, and NEYM, time to work with the document and to make any necessary changes before final approval is given.

We continue in faith,

—Phebe McCosker, clerk

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

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