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 in July.
News! Yearly Meeting 2018
Yearly Meeting 2018 will be held will be held at the Lake Macquarie Campus of Avondale College at Cooranbong NSW from 7 - 14 July 2018. To learn more about this event click here
To help Friends prepare for Yearly Meeting 2018, the Organising Committee has created a Yearly Meeting 2018 Information Pack with a campus map, travel information and details about the Yearly Meeting program for adults and children.
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.
Yearly Meeting 2017
Read the Yearly Meeting 2017 Epistles from Yearly Meeting, held in Adelaide South Australia, 6 - 13 July 2017.
For more information about Yearly Meeting in Australia, contact:
0423 308 550