Epistles from Quaker groups from around the world

FWCC is pleased to post Epistles we receive.

Project workshopAn Epistle articulates a collective sense of experience and how God has moved among Friends during a gathering, be it a yearly meeting session or an FWCC Section meeting, or a Young Friends gathering. It is approved by that group during a meeting for business. It is typically shared with yearly meetings so that they might read some of them out in meeting or publish some for people to read. It was historically, and continues to be, an important way for Friends and others to learn about each other in that which is eternal. They help us appreciate that we are part of a world family of Friends.

Epistles have potential to facilitate understanding among Friends, and in this light, we ask that you read Epistles with an open mind and heart.

Please note that each meeting writes its own Epistle, and we do not alter or edit them; Friends with concerns are encouraged to address those directly to the sending meeting.

Here you will find the most recent epistles FWCC has received from each gathering. To read previous epistles, please check the archive.

If your Epistle doesn’t appear here, please send it to FWCC by email.

World Plenary Meeting Epistle 2016 English (19-27 January 2016)
Epístola de la Reunión Plenaria Mundial 2016 Español (19-27 de enero de 2016)

Most Recent Epistles Received


Aotearoa-New Zealand YM (17-20 May) (.pdf, 268kb)
Australia YM (6-13 July) (.pdf, 127kb)

Britain YM (24-27 May) (.pdf, 210kb)
Central European Gathering (12-16 April) (.pdf, 58kb)
Europe & Middle East Young Friends Spring Gathering (24 April – 1 May) (.pdf, 725kb)
FWCC Europe & Middle East Section Annual Meeting (2-5 May) (.pdf, 255kb)
Ireland YM (25-28 April) (.pdf, 153kb)
Netherlands YM (10-12 May) (.pdf, 99kb)
Ohio Valley YM (19-23 June) (.pdf, 75kb)
Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, East Africa (16-19 January) (.pdf, 188kb)
Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) (28-31 March) (.pdf, 99kb)
Sierra-Cascades YM (24-26 May) (.pdf, 76kb)
Southeastern YM (17-21 April) (.pdf, 56kb)
Sweden YM (30 May – 2 June) English (.pdf, 100kb) / svenska (.pdf, 31kb)
Switzerland YM (7-10 June) English (.pdf, 116kb) / Deutsch (.pdf, 82kb)


Baltimore YM (30 July – 5 August) (.pdf, 174kb)
Belgium & Luxembourg YM (10-12 May) (.pdf, 65kb)
Cuba YM (February) (.pdf, 66kb) (bilingual/bilingüe English/español)
Evangelical Friends of Kitale, Kenya (12-16 December) (.pdf, 23kb)
FLGBTQC (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns) (summer) (.pdf, 4MB)
France YM (27-30 October) (.pdf, 77kb – in French) / A rough English translation (.pdf, 82kb)
FWCC Asia-West Pacific Section Meeting (12-16 September) (.pdf, 203kb)
Friends Association for Higher Education (14-17 June) (.pdf, 208kb)
Friends Church of Uganda (29 August – 2 September) (.pdf, 4MB)
German YM (25-28 October) English (.pdf, 255kb) / français (.pdf, 307kb) / Deutsch (.pdf, 113kb)
Great Plains YM (31 May – 3 June) (.pdf, 48kb)
Indiana YM (26-28 July) (.pdf, 121kb)
Intermountain YM (11-18 June) (.pdf, 125kb) – please note the date reads 2017 but should be 2018; the 2017 epistle is in our archive.

Iowa YM (Conservative) (24-29 July) (.pdf, 101kb)

New England YM (49 August) (.pdf, 279kb) / JA de Nueva Inglaterra (en español) (4-9 de agosto) (.pdf, 200kb)

New York YM (22-28 July) (.pdf, 103kb)
North Carolina YM (Conservative) (11-15 July) (.pdf, 47kb)

North Pacific YM (25-29 July) English (.pdf, 105kb) / Español (.pdf, 116kb)
Northern YM (25-28 May) (.pdf, 81kb)
Norway YM (9-12 August) (.pdf, 73kb)

Pacific YM (13-18 July) (.pdf, 258kb)
Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference (6-10 June) (.pdf, 258kb)
Quaker Council for European Affairs (5-6 October) English (.pdf, 78kb) / Nederlands (.pdf, 79kb) / Dansk (.pdf, 151kb)
Reunión General de los Amigos en México (5-6 de mayo) – español (.pdf, 77kb) / General Meeting of Friends in Mexico (5-6 May) – English (.pdf, 78kb)
South Central YM (29 March – 1 April) (.pdf, 137kb)
Soy YM (22-26 August) (.pdf, 190kb)
Western YM (12-15 July) (.pdf, 478kb)
Wilmington YM (26-29 July) (.pdf, 24kb)

Alaska Friends Conference (3-6 August) (.pdf, 34kb)
Chavakali YM (16-20 August) (.pdf, 102kb)
Illinois YM (21–25 June) (.pdf, 161kb)
Japan YM (18-19 November) (.pdf, 115 kb)
Nairobi YM (30 August-3 September) (.pdf, 558kb)
Nordic Gathering (29 June-2 July) (.pdf, 167kb)
Ramallah MM (February) (.pdf, 493kb)
Sierra-Cascades YM (.pdf, 129kb)
Wilmington YM (27-30 July) (.pdf, 273kb)

Epistle of the “What Canst Thou Say?” Ministers & Elders Colloquium (6-9 October) (.pdf, 184kb)

Baltimore YM (1-7 August) (.pdf, 176kb)
Canadian YM (5-13 August) (.pdf, 254kb)
Central and Southern Africa YM
 (27 April-3 May) (.pdf, 46kb)
Denmark YM (2-3 April) (.pdf, 102kb)
Europe & Middle East Young Friends All-Age Gathering (30 July-6 August) (.pdf, 275kb)
Fellowship of Friends of African Descent Annual Gathering (12-14 August) (.pdf, 137kb)
Lake Erie YM (28-31 July) (.pdf, 79.1kb)
Mexico General Meeting (15-16 May) (.pdf, 84kb)
Philadelphia YM (27-31 July) (.pdf, 137kb)
Southern Appalachian YM and Association (9-12 June) (.pdf, 327kb)
Tanzania YM (24-28 August) (.pdf, 64kb)

Tanzania USFW (December) (.pdf, 64kb)

Bhopal YM (9 February)
Quaker Youth Pilgrimage 2014 (22 July – 21 August) (.pdf, 255kb)
The New Association of Friends (23 August) (.pdf, 52kb)

Alaska YM
Northwest YM (21-25 July)

East Africa YM (4 September)

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