COVID-19 Update on Annual Sessions:
With great sadness, the Permanent Board of New England Yearly Meeting has united in the decision that in order to care the health of all, New England Friends will refrain from gathering in-person for Annual Sessions in August 2020.
Read more about this decision, learn about ongoing planning for summer programming in lieu of an in-person gathering, and offer your ideas, hopes, and questions here.
Further information and opportunities for connection will be shared here soon.
What are the "Annual Sessions" of New England Yearly Meeting?
Each August, more than 600 Friends come together for worship, fellowship and seeking how God will guide us in meeting for business. Having first gathered in 1661, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is among the oldest "yearly meetings" in the Quaker world.
While this gathering is large—among the largest Quaker events in North America—there are many opportunities to connect with Friends old and new: vibrant youth programs, adult small groups, topical interest sessions, group singing, and shared meals. In recent years, Sessions has featured plenary addresses, Bible Half-Hours, a contra-dance, and coffeehouse.
As our next Annual Sessions—to be held August 1-6 2020—approaches, more information will be posted here.