Programme

Yearly Meeting Gathering took place online over three weeks, with Yearly Meeting sessions timetabled over two weekends.

The theme of Yearly Meeting Gathering 2021 was:For our comfort and discomfort: living equality and truth in a time of crisis". Under the umbrella of this theme, we continued our consideration of privilege, diversity and inclusion, and climate justice.

There were three strands to discernment, anti-racism, acknowledging and welcoming gender diverse people and faith-based action for climate justice.

The theme and strands for Yearly Meeting are about people's lived experiences as part of our Quaker community. We each bring our own stories to this discernment and we also start our understanding from different places. In all of these areas there is scope for misunderstanding and personal hurt. This is particularly possible where individuals don't have relevant lived experience. In recognition of this and that, in meeting online it will be more challenging to provide effective pastoral care, Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee offer a seven-point Community Agreement for everyone who takes part.

When you book to attend Yearly Meeting Gathering 2021 you will be asked to agree to Our Community Agreement (PDF).


Programme & Videos

Lectures (Videos)

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  • The Salter Lecture - "Quaker values in South Africa's struggle" by Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge is available online. The lecture was held on Saturday, 24 July 2021.

  • The George Gorman Lecture - "Old roots, new routes" by Sam Donaldson is available online. The lecture was held on Monday, 26 July 2021.

  • The Retreat Lecture - "Faith, hope and love: equality, truth and privilege in mental health" by Alison Mitchell is available online. The lecture was held on Thursday, 29 July 2021.

  • The Swarthmore Lecture - "Kinder ground: creating space for truth" by Thomas Penny is available on the Woodbrooke website. The lecture was held on Saturday, 31 July 2021.

Introductions & Reports: Sessions 1-5 (Videos)

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  • Session 1: Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee and Agenda of Yearly Meeting. Speaker: Siobhan Haire, First Assistant Clerk of Yearly Meeting.

  • Session 2: Our national representative body. Report from Meeting for Sufferings, read by the Clerk of Meeting for Sufferings, Margaret Bryan.

  • Session 3: For our comfort and discomfort, living equality and truth in a time of crisis. Liz Brooks reminds Quakers of the commitment to anti-racism made by Meeting for Sufferings and explains the purpose of bringing this matter before the Yearly Meeting as a whole.
  • Session 4: Meeting for Worship. No recording.
  • Session 5: Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees. Caroline Nursey (Clerk of Trustees) and Linda Batten (Yearly Meeting Treasurer) introduce the report from Britain Yearly Meeting trustees and the 2020 accounts.

Introductions & Reports: Sessions 6-11 (Videos)

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  • Session 6: No recording.
  • Session 7: Quaker Stewardship Committee. Clerk of Quaker Stewardship Committee, Yvonne Dickson, introduces the report from the committee.

  • Session 8: Gender diversity and inclusion. Sue Hibberd speaks about gender inclusion.

  • Session 9: Faith-based action for climate justice. Lindsey Fielder Cook, Lesley Grahame and Anya Nanning Ramamurthy speak in the session focusing on faith-based action for climate justice.

  • Session 10: No recording available.
  • Session 11: Epistle. Clare Scott Booth reads the Epistle of Yearly Meeting Gathering 2021.

At a glance programme

  • Week 1: Monday 19 July to Sunday 25 July
    The first week was spent in orientation sessions with theme, fringe and community activities beginning towards the end of the week. Training and practice sessions were also provided by staff about Yearly Meeting Gathering and how to access the event.
  • Week 2: Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August
    Yearly Meeting sessions 1-5 took place from Friday 30 July to Sunday 1 August
    Theme related, fringe and community events also ran throughout the week.
    Young Adult worship, social and reflective sessions took place on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August.
  • Week 3: Monday 2 August - Sunday 8 August
    The Children and Young People's programme took place from Monday 2 to Friday 6 August.
    Yearly Meeting sessions 6-11 took place from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August.
    Young Adult worship, social and reflective sessions were scheduled from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 August. Theme related, fringe and community events also ran during the final week of gathering.

How do I find out what is happening and when?

  • Once your booking has been processed, you will have access to the Yearly Meeting Gathering planner (in Sched). There you will be able to view the whole of the Yearly Meeting Gathering programme and choose the events you wish to attend. To find out more about the planner, please visit our dedicated help section.
  • Watch this video to find out how to use the online planner. (Pressing play on the video below will set a third-party cookie. Please see our cookies page to find out more.)
    For further help using the online planner (Sched) please see our dedicated help section.