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Yearly Meeting 2023
Yearly Meeting 2023: Integrity, Voice and Right Relationship
Welcome to the YM23 home page! We are excited to invite you to our national gathering with some sessions in June and nine days of activities from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 9th July. Sessions are accessible to Friends all around Australia as we gather online.
Please register early! Click here for the registration form.
Why register? So you can get involved, help us plan and stay informed!
What's on in June? There are Information Sessions, zoom training, a gathering of YM23 Pastoral Carers and another training for YM23 Elders. For the June timetable go here.
What's on at Yearly Meeting in July? For the YM23 timetable -- click here.
Make sure you join the "Welcome to All" session on Saturday 1st July at 1 pm (AEST) to meet the clerking team, children, JYFs, Friends from each Regional Meeting, and First Timers. Then at 2:30 pm join the Welcome to Country followed by the State of the Society address. So begins the first day.
There will be two consecutive long weekends (Sat-Mon and Fri-Sun) with one or two formal sessions each day, Meetings for Worship, Home Groups, a program for the children and more. The first weekend also includes Friendly School on Sunday 2nd July. The consideration of business begins on Monday.
In the middle three days (Tues - Thurs) there is more time to rest, gather locally together for outdoor activities, attend the Backhouse Lecture on Tuesday evening, and select some online Share and Tells to explore. Many other sessions continue across these days.
One of the joys of Yearly Meeting is making new friends and catching up with old friends. There will be many opportunities for social time together: Home Groups, Social Mingle times, and evening Convivial Hour. Rainbow Friends and Allies will gather over lunch on Wednesday. The Under 50's will gather in the evening on Sunday and Thursday.
We invite you to join sessions that speak to you, and take a rest or go for a walk for self-care whenever you need to.
How can I find out more about YM23?
Refer to the list on the left hand side of this page to find out more about Yearly Meeting 2023. Just click on a subject and you will learn more! For instance, click on:
- "YM23 Programs" to find events such as the "Backhouse Lecture", "Children & JYFs", "Epilogues", "Friendly School", "Home Groups", "Share & Tell sessions", "YM23 Elders", "YM23 Pastoral Carers" and "YM24 Planning".
- "YM23 Business" to find out about Documents in Advance, Preparatory Sessions (these were held in May), Information Sessions (some were in May, others are in June), the Formal Sessions in July, Epistles and Testimonies.