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Yearly Meeting 2015

1-4 May 2015, Friends House, London

YM2015 is the first of a new three-year arc on the theme ‘living out our faith in the world’.  One of our focuses this year is housing as a particular example of a tested concern in the areas of inequality and injustice.

Outline timetable [PDF: 69kb - new window]

Children & Young People

We run a number of programmes for different age groups.

Young Adults (19 – 25s) at Yearly Meeting

Young Adults at Yearly Meeting will give you the opportunity of being part of Yearly Meeting sessions within a supported community. There will be daily sessions giving you a chance to prepare for and reflect on Yearly Meeting sessions and overnight accommodation and meals will be provided. Young Adults at Yearly Meeting is facilitated by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. To find out more please email youngadults@quaker.org.uk

Documents in advance part 1 – agenda and notes

Documents in advance part 1 was sent to all meetings in mid March. Further copies are available from the Quaker Centre bookshop or to download as PDFs or e-books below:

Additional information referred to in Documents in advance part 1

1.1 Nominations process: Information about this will be coming soon.

1:1 Amendments to Quaker faith & practice: see below

1.2 Conduct of sessions: See Spiritual preparation [PDF: 381kb - new window]

1.3 Friday orientation: Precise timings of tours of the Large Meeting House will be available here soon.

Agenda item 3: If you would like to nominate a Friend to serve on the Committee to Examine Minutes please use this form

Agenda item 5: Nominations and requests for release from roles will be available here soon.

Agenda item 24: The list of nominees will be published on 2 April.

Agenda item 25: The tabular statement for 2014 will be available online in mid April and printed copies will be available at Yearly Meeting.

Spiritual Preparation        

Spiritual preparation document [PDF: 381kb - new window]

Links to suggested reading

Quaker faith & practice 20.17 20.18 23.04 23.06 23.12 23.16 23.17 23.18 23.21

Swarthmore Lecture 2014: Open for transformation: Being Quaker by Ben Pink Dandelion. Available from the Quaker Centre Bookshop.

Jan Arriens' prepared ministry, Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014. - opens in new window

Britain Yearly Meeting Statement on Economic inequality in Britain, May 2014.- opens in new window

A tested concern: Housing

Quaker faith & practice chapter 23, sections 1-23 and 32-52 See: http://qfp.quaker.org.uk

Housing: our spiritual concern: Quaker Social Responsibility & Eduction 1993; republished by Quaker Housing Trust 2015 (available from 1 February). [opens in new window]

Principles for a just housing policy: Quaker Social Responsibility & Education 2001; republished by Quaker Housing Trust 2015 (available from 1 February).

Copies of both these A6 printed booklets are freely available from Quaker Housing Trust by contacting Paula Harvey paulah@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1036

Further information can be found at www.qht.org.uk.

Offering Service at Yearly Meetings

Yearly Meeting wouldn't happen without your help.  Volunteers take on a variety of roles such as doorkeepers, welcomers, microphone stewards and registration desk helpers. If you are able to offer help, please provide your deails using the form (new window). 

Staying with local Friends

For many years, there has been a scheme to enable Friends attending Yearly Meeting in London to stay with local Friends on a B&B basis at a nominal cost, currently £15 per person per night.

We hope to find accommodation for those Friends who need it, including visitors from other Yearly Meetings, those who need to stay close to Friends House, or those who require less expensive accommodation.

If you are able to help by offering a spare bed, or if you would like to request accommodation through this scheme, please contact ymhosp@quaker.org.uk as soon as possible, and by Sunday 29 March at the latest.

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Amendments to Quaker faith & practice

Yearly Meeting 2015 is being asked to approve changes to Quaker faith & practice section 3.27 (regarding our speaking out policy) and chapter 16 (Quaker Marriage Procedure). Proposed changes to chapter 16 as approved by Meeting for Sufferings in February 2015 are reproduced in full at appendix VI of Documents in advance part 1 [PDF: 887kb - new window].

Amendments to chapter 3.27 regarding our speaking out policy:

3.27    Any statement or public comment made in the name of Friends and relating to the corporate life and witness of the Religious Society of Friends must be authorised by the appropriate meeting for church affairs. Yearly Meeting statements issued on behalf of Friends in Britain Yearly Meeting require the full discernment of Meeting for Sufferings or Yearly Meeting in session before publication and will be recognised as carrying the full authority of the yearly meeting. Other public statements or comments may be called for at short notice in response to current events, using the full range of modern media. In such cases, the Recording Clerk, in consultation with appropriate clerks of Yearly Meeting, Meeting for Sufferings or Trustees, is authorised by Meeting for Sufferings to issue such a message, as long as it is in line with an established and discerned Quaker position. Press releases publicising the yearly meeting’s core work are authorised by the Recording Clerk. Policy on public statements is set by Meeting for Sufferings, and full guidelines and details of procedures are available from the Recording Clerk.

Similar principles should apply at area and local level and a summary policy document for meetings is available from the Recording Clerk. It must be made clear when local initiatives relate solely to local meetings. Individual Friends or groups, such as listed informal groups (ref. 13.19), must be careful not to claim to speak for Friends without explicit authority. They should make it clear that they speak only for themselves, unless their local or area meeting or other Quaker body has agreed a minute supporting their action.

Other forms of public action undertaken in the name of Friends should similarly be authorised by the appropriate meeting for church affairs. When participating as individuals in vigils or demonstrations Friends should be aware that they may be identified as speaking on behalf of Quakers.

On occasion it may be necessary for the clerk of a meeting, or another appointed Friend, to take urgent action to correct misleading reports in the press or other misunderstandings in the public domain. This section is not intended to hamper such necessary action undertaken responsibly in the interests of a meeting.

It is helpful if Friends and meetings can read the proposed changes in advance of Yearly Meeting and raise any comments with the Recording Clerk at Friends House via qfp@quaker.org.uk as soon as possible. Format and printing style will follow the published book and need not be commented on at this stage.

Comments and queries are welcome from Friends and meetings in advance of Yearly Meeting to Michael Booth, Support for Meetings Officer, at michaelsb@quaker.org.uk or in Quaker Life at Friends House. Please note that suggestions should relate to the sections under revision at the present time.