What are the "Annual Sessions" of New England Yearly Meeting?
Each year, hundreds of Quakers from across New England and beyond join together for worship, fellowship and seeking how God will guide us in meeting for business. Having first gathered in 1661, in 2021 New England Yearly Meeting of Friends celebrates 361 years of journeying together as a community of faith and witness.
Annual Sessions provides many opportunities to connect with Friends old and new: vibrant youth programs, adult small groups for interpersonal connection, encouragement, and spiritual exploration, discernment of how Quakers in New England are led by the Spirit to act and serve, and guest speakers offering explorations of the Bible and sharing ministry responding to our condition and the challenges of our times.
Plans for this year's Annual Sessions are being finalized. Events will be held primarily through the use of video conferencing and are scheduled to begin on Saturday August 7.
Jay O'Hara (Portland MM) will give the Bible Half-Hours. Jay is familiar to many of us as someone who is called deeply to climate activism. Where his actions are the testimony to his faith, and those who have walked with him have witnessed that faith in action, the Bible half-hours will be an opportunity to hear how the Bible grounds and inspires him. Be prepared to be challenged!
Our plenary speakers will be gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag) and Shirley Hager (Winthrop Ctr, ME, Friends Church). gkisedtanamoogk served on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Shirley Hager clerks the Committee on Tribal State Relations for the Friends Committee on Maine Public Policy. Several years ago, Shirley and gkisedtanamoogk conceived of a series of gatherings to bring together settlers and Indigenous peoples from throughout Wabanaki territory (Maine and Atlantic Canada). In the format of a conversation, gkisedtanamoogk and Shirley will speak about the healing this group found, and what that experience has to offer us.
Please read the Sessions Update and Invitation to In-Person Gatherings posted below in File Downloads.
Watch for more information coming in your email and on this website.