Image: Mt Field National Park, Emily Chapman-Searle
Members of a Regional Meeting are automatically Members of Quakers Australia, and all are welcome to gather at our Annual Meeting which is held in different parts of Australia each year in July.
Yearly Meeting 2020
4-10 July 2020
NOTICE: The Yearly Meeting 2020 Gathering was changed to a virtual gathering, due to the coronavirus disruption. Learn more here.
To go to the YM20 event page, go here.
Yearly Meeting 2020, held online as a virtual Yearly Meeting, concluded with Epistles read to all gathered via our computer screens and mobile phones. Our Yearly Meeting 2020 was a journey in "living adventurously" and we learned a great deal about ourselves--and technology--along the way. 300 Friends from around the world registered and attended the sessions during the 6-day online gathering.
Epistles to Friends Everywhere were read at the closing worship, and included those from the Children and from Junior Young Friends. These Epistles can be read:
- The Yearly Meeting 2020 Epistle to Friends Everywhere
- The Junior Young Friends Epistle 2020
- The Children's Epistle 2020
The Yearly Meeting photo was a challenge this year! Friends were invited to join a specific zoom meeting for the purpose of photography. Below are the screen shots of the four screens we took up. Because of the nature of this method of photogrpahy, some people appear in the photo twice and some people chose not to attend this session so are not in the photos.
Image: Friends gathering for YM 2020 via zoom, Julie Webb
Yearly Meeting 2019
Yearly Meeting 2019 was held under the majestic gaze of kunanyi / Mount Wellington in Hobart Tasmania, from 6 - 13 July 2019, on the campus of The Friends' School. We invite you to read the 2019 Epistles written during the week, and read on the final day of our gathering, when Friends went their separate ways once again after experiencing a powerful, community-building Yearly Meeting.
Please read our Yearly Meeting Epistles:
- Yearly Meeting 2019 Epistle to Friends Everywhere
- Yearly Meeting 2019 Epistle of the Junior Young Friends
- Yearly Meeting 2019 Children's Epistle
Yearly Meeting 2018
Yearly Meeting 2018 was held at the Lake Macquarie Campus of Avondale College at Cooranbong NSW from 7 - 14 July 2018. We invite you to read the 2018 Epistles written during the week, and read on the final day of our gathering.
- Yearly Meeting 2018 Epistle to Friends Everywhere
- Yearly Meeting 2018 Children's Epistle
Yearly Meeting 2018 Junior Young Friends Epistle
Yearly Meeting 2017
Read the Yearly Meeting 2017 Epistles from Yearly Meeting, held in Adelaide South Australia, 6 - 13 July 2017.
About Yearly Meeting
There are usually 200 to 400 people of all ages at the gathering, which lasts a week. It considers the business brought forward from Regional Meetings and the National Committees as well as hosting programming for children and other young people. There is also a spiritual development program called "Winter School", and many other opportunities for Quakers to share their interests and concerns.
Everyone - Members, Attenders, Young Friends, Junior Young Friends and younger children - comes together at the closing Meeting for Worship on the final day of Yearly Meeting. The year epistles (letters composed as summaries of the Yearly Meeting experience) from the Yearly Meeting, Young Friends, Junior Young Friends and the younger children. These epistles reflect shared experiences, decisions made, friendships renewed, and times shared together. These epistles are then forwarded to a range of Yearly Meeting with whom we have some relationship.
Documents in Advance and Documents in Retrospect
Before Yearly Meeting, Documents in Advance (DIA) are published in print form and online and available for Members and Attenders to read. These documents include reports on the work undertaken by the varying committees of the Society, and from these, issues arise which need a decision. Meetings are invited to discuss the issues raised, and the feedback from each Regional Meeting is collated and displayed to all Friends at Yearly Meeting. In this way, members who cannot be at Yearly Meeting can still participate in the decision-making.
After Yearly Meeting, Documents in Retrospect (DIR) are published, again in print form and online. In this way, all Members are kept informed about the issues that are being considered within the Society in Australia and decisions that may affect them.
For more information about Yearly Meeting in Australia, contact:
0423 308 550