Read Epistles from Friends around the globe

As groups of Quakers gather in their annual sessions, they often write something known as an “Epistle” that is then shared with other Friends around the world. Back in the 17th century the Quaker movement revived the Gospel use of this word to mean an advisory or admonitory letter, sent to a group of people. In modern usage, you can think of an Epistle as a public letter of greeting and ministry. Such letters are sent from a Friends meeting or organization to other Friends groups, to supply information, spiritual insight, and encouragement.

The best way to read annual Epistles from across the globe is to visit the Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC) website where they collect and share Epistles from Friends Groups Around the World. Recent 2021 submissions include those from Netherlands Yearly Meeting, Switzerland Yearly Meeting, the General Meeting of Friends in Mexico, Aotearoa New Zealand Yearly Meeting, and Sweden Yearly Meeting, as well as South Central Yearly Meeting and Southeastern Yearly Meeting from the United States.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting collects our own annual Epistles to other Friends here.

Image of first page of Epistle from Pennsylvania Quakers 1776 Yearly Meeting.
Epistle from 1776 Quakers in Pennsylvania

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Your meeting may be wrestling with matters related to virtual and hybrid gatherings. A workshop was held on Saturday May 7, and we returned to the questions about navigating the new normal through the ongoing pandemic. https://www.pym.org/workshop-on-gathering-virtually/

AFSC is partnering with the Poor People’s Campaign to support the June 18 Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington. They are seeking to mobilize attendance and have buses ready to take people. See https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june18/ to get involved.

AFSC’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program is hiring a Program Coordinator for the ending life and long sentences project. Apply by May 16 at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/AME1068/JobBoard/34b788f5-e07e-3fb3-8e73-08c36602a07b/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=f1994089-620c-4f9a-b4ff-8c3d3ba303dc

Quaker Worship Sharing online this Thursday! All are welcome https://quakerearthcare.org/event/worship-sharing-with-quaker-earthcare-witness-and-friends-general-conference-3/

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Related Organizations

  • American Friends Service Committee - afsc.org
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation - fcnl.org
  • Friends General Conference - fgcquaker.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: Section of the Americas - fwccamericas.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: World Office - fwcc.world
  • Right Sharing of World Resources - rswr.org