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 met for more than 350 consecutive years, New England Yearly Meeting is the oldest yearly meeting in the Quaker world.
While this gathering is large — the second-largest Quaker gathering in North America — there are many opportunities to connect with Friends old and new: vibrant youth programs, adult small groups, variety shows, topical interest sessions and shared meals. In recent years, Sessions has featured plenary addresses, Bible Half-Hours and evening performances led by invited guests from across the Quaker world and beyond.
from Fritz Weiss, presiding clerk; and Leslie Manning, Sessions Committee clerk
New England Yearly Meeting will gather for our 357th annual meeting from August 5th through August 10th at Castleton University in Vermont. The theme for this years sessions is “Living into transformation,” referencing Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable and perfect.”
The challenge before us is how we as faith communities do the “risky business of living as children of God, seeking transformation.” This theme builds upon previous years in which have focused on how we, together, live into community, participate in God’s work in the world and bring the Beloved Community forth.