New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

2018 Annual Report

Oct 17, 2018

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications, and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the World. NEYM’s FWCC Committee fosters opportunities locally for Friends to come together across our branches, answering God’s call to universal love, and nurtures Friends who travel in the wider Quaker world, helping them to share their witness upon their return. Through this love, through the friendships that develop, through the diverse worship shared, and through programs and fellowship opportunities, our individual and collective faith is deepened. We are transformed by our relationships with others, with Friends different from ourselves, and with the living Spirit of God weaving our lives together.

FWCC Section of the Americas’ Traveling Ministry Corps presents NEYM meetings and churches with the opportunity to receive a Friend who listens to and discerns the movement of the Spirit in your worship and community. Any meeting or church can invite a traveling minister, to bring their spiritual vitality, their humble gifts of deep listening and vocal ministry, and their commitment to revel and live into opportunities for spiritual transformation. For more information and the invitation form, visit fwccamericas.org/ visitation/traveling-ministry.shtml. Two Friends in NEYM, Debbie Humphries (Hartford) and Greg Woods (serving as Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator for Friends Meeting at Cambridge), also travel in the Americas as members of the Corps.

World Quaker Day (WQD), this year on October 7th, presents Yearly Meeting Friends another opportunity to take part in the rich tapestry that is the wider Religious Society of Friends. FWCC offers materials to enrich your meeting’s or church’s WQD celebration, including Quaker Speak videos and accompanying Religious Education materials (produced in collaboration with Friends Journal), and a map of Quakers around the world, to elicit discussion and storytelling about where and with whom Friends have worshiped around the world. We encourage Friends to experiment with different kinds of Friends worship, either in your own meetinghouse or by visiting nearby Friends; or to invite a Traveling Minister, a member of NEYM’s FWCC Committee, or someone who has attended an FWCC gathering to share rich experiences of the Quaker faith and Friends worldwide.

NEYM names up to six representatives to FWCC’s Section of the Americas. The Section, which meets every three years, will next gather March 21–24, 2019, near Kansas City, Missouri. FWCC’s next World Plenary will be in 2023.

NEYM Friends were blessed to have two Kenyan Friends take part in Sessions 2017: Margaret Amudavi, the Academic Dean of Friends Theological College, and Moses Murenga, a pastor from Kakamega Yearly Meeting in Kenya. FWCC-NE is collaborating with the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative this year to support the participation of Bolivian Friends Emma Condori and Zulma Quispe Mayta, and a Friend from Central America in NEYM Sessions.

FWCC-NE continues to look for opportunities to weave FWCC’s work overcoming historical patterns of colonialism and inequality, including racism, into the work NEYM is doing.

—Judy Goldberger, clerk

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