Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG), the annual conference of Quakers in Britain, will be held at the University of Bath campus from 2-9 August 2014.
The Gathering is like a festival in a tented village, for all ages. Two thousand Quakers, including 300 young people, will be at the University of Bath campus for a mixture of worship, business, interest groups, and significant lectures, exploring ‘What it means to be a Quaker today’. Junior Yearly Meeting, for 14 to 18 year olds, runs alongside YMG. Babies to 18 year olds will engage with the theme in age-appropriate and fun ways and will be included in the main Yearly Meeting sessions.
YMG coincides with the anniversary of the centenary of the start of World War I and Quakers will launch the online stories of conscientious objectors, The white feather diaries. New thought-provoking peace education resources will be launched, marking Quakers’ continued commitment to constructive alternatives to violence.
Paul Parker, Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain said:
“We know that amazing things can happen when Quakers gather to worship and do business together. In the ‘edge-of-your-seat’ silence of a Quaker meeting, we can hear what God and the world need of us in the years ahead. “This year, 2000 Quakers from Britain, joined by visitors from Quaker groups around the world, will consider exploring ‘What it means to be a Quaker today’. The whole wonderful kaleidoscope which is the British Quaker community will be represented. “This is so much more than a meeting: it’s a chance to come together, worship together, explore our faith together, reflect and remember together, and commit ourselves to action together. I’m looking forward to a challenging, invigorating and revitalising week.”
You can access the news release in full here.