New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

News From Permanent Board, September 2018

Dec 12, 2018
Sarah Gant, clerk (Beacon Hill, MA, Friends Meeting)

Dear Friends,

Permanent Board met jointly with Ministry and Counsel on 22 September at Mt. Toby Monthly Meeting.  The September meeting, so close to the close of Sessions 2018, is an opportunity to prioritize our work during the year as we begin to prepare for Sessions 2019.

Calmed and centered by the bucolic bleating of sheep just outside of the meeting house, and carried by the joy of so large a gathering of Friends worshiping and working together, we set about hearing our charges coming from Sessions and sorting the competing priorities of the all of the critical work before us.

Soon Permanent Board will meet again on Saturday, 17 November at Kendal at Hanover, to dig deeper into the work that we began to name at our September meeting, including the funding priorities process of NEYM and Permanent Board’s role in examining our culture and practices to better understand how they may preclude any from rising to leadership roles. Please join us for this work! As always, all are welcome to all meetings of Permanent Board. Please invite Friends to gather with us as we conduct our business in worship and discipline.

Morning hospitality will start at 0900, with worship to begin at 0930. Remember to bring a brown bag lunch, and perhaps food to share! Please send regrets to me. Please send childcare requests to Elizabeth Hacala ([email protected]) by Friday, 2 November.

Advance documents (still arriving) are available on the NEYM website: neym.org/permanent-board/meetings/7525.

Please continue your good work to hew to NEYM’s minuted [2018-36] commitment to reduce our carbon emissions. EMC is prepared to serve as a resource for meetings to complete the baseline assessment and to offer information about how to perform an energy audit. Please contact Stephen Gates at [email protected] or visit the following links for further information:

Blessings to you each,

Sarah Gant
Clerk, Permanent Board

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]