2024 Annual Sessions

LEYM 2024: Friends Together - Outpourings of the Spirit Quakers affiliated with Lake Erie Yearly Meeting gather annually for fellowship, worship, business and to see how the spirit moves among us. From June 13-16, 2024 LEYM Friends will be meeting at Ashland University. See the Spring issue of the LEYM Bulletin for event details, workshop descriptions and registration information.

Annual Session Offerings June 13-16 (see tabs below)

  • We are hosting multiple workshops this year, including one by our keynote speaker Paulette Meier. Get visual workshop schedule here.

    Workshops on Offer

    Session 1: Friday 3:30-5:00pm

    • CANCELED - Idle & Blessed: Mary Oliver and Walt Whitman in Conversation
    • Being a Quaker AND Being an Activist: Challenges and Opportunities (Trustee Room)
    • Outward Manifestations of the Outpouring of the Spirit: Distribution of Resources (Heritage Room)
    • Free The Fire...(The Peoples Promethean Fire) (President’s Dining Room)
    • Right Relationship (Faculty Room)

    Session 2: Saturday 10:30am -12:00pm

    • Chant Composing and Singing (Trustee Room)
    • Answering the Call to be "Apartheid-free" (Heritage Room)
    • Bearing Witness to the Voice of Truth (Faculty Room)

    Session 3: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm

    • Quaker Spirituality and Compassionate Communication (Trustee Room)
    • Trusting the Eternal Divine Source as the Living Root of Quakerism (Faculty Room)
    • Here Today: Developing a Curriculum and Camp Celebrating Endangered Species (President’s Dining Room)
    • The Four Roles of Social Change (Heritage Room)
  • We'll gather for our shared opening session Thursday night. On Friday evening, Paulette Meier with Joann Neuroth will provide our plenary keynote on the theme "Opening To and Pouring Out the Spirit through Contemplative Communal Chant." On Saturday evening we'll celebrate the 400th Birthday of George Fox.

    Social Time

    • "Mix-it-up at Breakfast" Colored Dots Groups
    • Lunchtime Topic/Quaker Orgs Tables
    • Birds of a Feather Round Table Sessions - Thursday and Friday evenings 6:00 - 7:15pm
    • Quaker Bookstore Browsing - Friday and Saturday

    Large Group Gatherings

    • Opening Welcome - Thursday Evening
    • Ashland Center for Nonviolence Open House - Friday Morning
    • Plenary with Paulette Meier - Friday Evening
    • Saturday Evening Birthday Celebration
    • Night Owl Movie Watching Friday and Saturday Evening
  • We’ll have morning and evening silent worship opportunities, Bible study sessions, and worship-sharing small group sessions on the theme. Our Sunday Meeting for Worship will provide a spirit-filled closing for the gathering.


    • Early Worship: 6:45 - 7:30 am
    • Worship Sharing: 8:30 - 9:15 am
    • Bible Study: 9:30 - 10:15 am
    • Evening Collection: 9:00 - 9:15 pm

    SUNDAY (First Day)

    • Meeting for Worship: 10:30-11:30am
  • Friends will gather to conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting across multiple sessions. We plan to provide Zoom access to Friends who want to attend from a distance.


    • MFW w Attention to Business 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • MFW w Attention to Business 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm


    • MFW w Attention to Business 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm


    • MFW w Attention to Business 8:45 - 10:30 am

Friends Together

An Infinite Ocean of Light and Love

An Infinite Ocean of Light and Love

"I saw, also, that there was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. In that also I saw the infinite love of God, and I had great openings." — Journal of George Fox

12 Great Workshops to Choose From Engaging workshops, with something for everyone. See full descriptions here and see workshop schedule here.

Join us on the Ashland University Campus (see map)

Join us on the Ashland University Campus (see <a href="https://leym.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Ashland_campus_map_w_LEYM_locations.pdf">map</a>)
Ashland University
Ashland University has a compact campus with easy walking distances between locations. This 3D map shows some of the key sites we will be spending time in.

2024 Annual Meeting – Ashland, Ohio

Friends Together: Outpourings of the Spirit is our 2024 Theme. Our plenary presenter will be singer/songwriter Paulette Meier who is known for her collections of Quaker chants and her children’s peacemaking music. Our theme was inspired by the energy, creativity and life revealed last year as we gathered for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdowns. This year we expect even more wonderful outpourings of the Spirit as we join in large and small groupings, sharing meaningful workshops, Bible Study, worship sharing, singing, meals and fun social time. We’re especially excited about the Saturday night 400th Birthday Celebration for Friend George Fox who was born way back in 1624.

Annual Sessions Calendar of Events

A PDF providing a one-page view of the schedule is available to print or save.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

LEYM 2024

Outpourings of the Spirit