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.

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

2018
Aotearoa-New Zealand YM (25-28 May) (.pdf, 70kb)

Australia YM (7-14 July) (.pdf, 226kb)

Belgium & Luxembourg YM (10-12 May) (.pdf, 65kb)
Britain YM (4-7 May) (.pdf, 212kb)
Central European Gathering (12-15 April) (.pdf, 204kb)
Cuba YM (February) (.pdf, 66kb) (bilingual/bilingüe English/español)
Europe & Middle East Young Friends Spring Gathering (25 March – 2 April) (.pdf, 1MB)
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)
FWCC Europe & Middle East Section Annual Meeting (21-24 June) (.pdf, 93kb)
Friends Association for Higher Education (14-17 June) (.pdf, 208kb)
Friends Church of Uganda (29 August – 2 September) (.pdf, 4MB)
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)

Ireland YM (1822 July) (.pdf, 83kb)
Netherlands YM (25-27 May) (.pdf, 128kb)
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)
Norway YM (9-12 August) (.pdf, 73kb)

Ohio Valley YM (13-17 June) (.pdf , 227kb)
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)
Sierra-Cascades YM (18-20 May) (.pdf, 16kb)
South Central YM (29 March – 1 April) (.pdf, 137kb)
Southeastern YM (28 March – 1 April) (.pdf, 91kb)
Soy YM (22-26 August) (.pdf, 190kb)
Western YM (12-15 July) (.pdf, 478kb)
Wilmington YM (26-29 July) (.pdf, 24kb)

2017
Alaska Friends Conference (3-6 August) (.pdf, 34kb)
Chavakali YM (16-20 August) (.pdf, 102kb)
Evangelical Friends of Kitale, Kenya (6-10 December) (.pdf, 138kb)
German YM (2–5 November) (.pdf, 198kb)
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)
Northern YM (26-29 May) (.pdf, 265kb)
Ramallah MM (February) (.pdf, 493kb)
Sierra-Cascades YM (.pdf, 129kb)
Switzerland YM (2-5 June) (.pdf, 44kb)
Wilmington YM (27-30 July) (.pdf, 273kb)

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

2016
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)
Philadelphia YM (27-31 July) (.pdf, 137kb)
Southern Appalachian YM and Association (9-12 June) (.pdf, 327kb)
Sweden YM (5-8 May) (.pdf, 151kb)
Tanzania YM (24-28 August) (.pdf, 64kb)

2015
Tanzania USFW (December) (.pdf, 64kb)

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

2013
Alaska YM
Northwest YM (21-25 July)

2012
East Africa YM (4 September)

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