Updates and Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are posting here ongoing updates on decisions and resources to support Friends and their local meetings in caring for one another and their neighbors during this health crisis. This section will be updated daily, and as new resources become available.
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Email Updates for New England Quakers
Yearly Meeting Guidance on Social Distancing and Limiting Public Gatherings
At this time, consistent with the guidance of public health officials, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is asking all local Friends meetings to cease in-person gatherings of any kind, including meetings for worship. In addition to protecting those who gather, this is in the interest of slowing transmission of the virus in the broader population, so as not to overwhelm the public health system. Public health officials believe the virus can be spread without symptoms being evident. Restricting public gatherings at this time is an important and life-saving measure.
We urge Friends to give particular attention to protecting from close physical contact those 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or with weakened immune systems, who are at higher risk for life-threatening illness as a result of contracting the virus. In this moment, this is among the most loving and helpful actions we can take to reduce harm.
Status of Events Sponsored by New England Yearly Meeting
Currently all in-person events sponsored by the Yearly Meeting are cancelled through the end of April; further decisions on cancellations will be posted here as they are made. Please check the Events Calendar for event details, including many online opportunities to gather, worship, learn, and connect.
Looking for help in moving worship and other gatherings online?
The Yearly Meeting staff can help—both with use of our videoconference platform and with training and planning. Please email Sara Hubner at [email protected] or call 508-754-6760 and we will follow up with you.