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Living Faith Gatherings
“Living Faith”—what’s this all about?
Living Faith is a day-long gathering of Friends from throughout New England. The event is a chance for Friends to worship together, get to know each other, share the different ways we experience and live our faith, and build community.
The next Living Faith gathering will be in Hartford, Connecticut, October 27, 2018.
What will the gathering look like?
Registration will open at 8:45 with the gathering starting at 9:30. After some brief welcoming and orienting remarks, we’ll join together in intergenerational worship to help us center in the Life and Source of our living faith. Following worship, children will meet with the youth staff and start their concurrent programming. Adults and teens will attend one of three morning program offerings of their choice. All ages will come together at noon for a delicious lunch and fellowship. After lunch, children will rejoin their program and adults and teens will attend workshops (see list below). The day will close with waiting (unprogrammed) worship.
Living Faith Gatherings are a new initiative of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (NEYM) bringing together Quakers from across our region to nourish our faith, grow our communities, and strengthen our witness.
These semiannual, day-long gatherings include large group worship, fellowship and relationship-building, workshops led by dynamic Friends, an integrated youth program, and opportunities to connect on shared concerns. NEYM exists to support and nurture New England Quakers, and we hope the new Living Faith gatherings will equip individual Friends and local meetings with resources, tools, and connections to more fully live our faith.
Through worship reflecting the diversity of Quaker practice in New England, inspiring speakers and experiential workshops, Living Faith Gatherings will nourish our spirits and strengthen our ability to live our faith through action. A concurrent youth program will explore these same themes in ways accessible to kids. The day will open and close with programming for all generations, allowing us to be together as a multigenerational community. Families with young children are especially encouraged to attend. We hope that this new initiative will engage Friends who have participated in wider Quaker events before, and welcome many who haven’t. Please join us, and help spread the word!
Questions or suggestions? Contact the Living Faith planning team by email.