2018 Annual Sessions – Final Epistle

Annual Sessions, Epistle

Now the Work of Christmas Begins by Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to …

Why Annual Sessions Matters to Friends

Annual Sessions

As September begins, we are sharing the thoughts of Friends who spent Annual Sessions with us last July. They were glad to be present for interesting workshops, important meetings for business, and plenary presentations by talented speakers like Dr. Amanda Kemp, Ayisha Imani, and Walter Sullivan. Annual Sessions gathers Friends from …

Overheard at Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

Interviews by Grace Sharples Cooke, Associate Secretary for Advancement and Relationship One of the joys of Annual Sessions is you never know who you will sit next to, but it’s often someone new and interesting. At dinner on our first evening, two Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) program assistants from …

How-To: State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Governance, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

This is the story of how one monthly meeting developed a great way to write a state of the meeting report that can also serve as a community-building tool. History: Lancaster Friends Meeting  has been doing state of the meeting reports for a long time. At least by the mid-1990’s, …

Exciting Workshops at Annual Sessions July 26-28

Annual Sessions

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is hosting 30+ engaging workshops (on Faith, poverty, the Middle East, music and peace, art, medicine, education, gardening, government, inclusion, poetry, art, Quaker practice, Resource Friends, Collaboratives, Indigenous peoples, Aging, History and more) at Annual Sessions 2018! Workshops are a wonderful opportunity for meeting members/attenders to extend …

Resource Friends at Annual Sessions!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Environment, Faith & Practice, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At the 2018 Annual Sessions this year, there will be a booth during free time and dinner time on Thursday and Friday where Resource Friends will be available to talk with you about their work and what they might be able to support for you and your meeting. They will …

Reviving State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Download a PDF version of this letter. Dear Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, It is with joy that we write to you about our revival of state of the meeting reports! We, the Quaker Life Council, invite all monthly and quarterly meetings to restart or continue the annual custom of …