Epistles

An 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.

If you have an epistle you would like to share with the world family of Friends that is not on this page or in the archive, please email it to Tas Cooper.

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 (for previous epistles, please check the archive)

2022

Aotearoa-New Zealand YM (28 April 1 May) (.pdf, 204kb)
Australia YM (2-10 July) (.pdf, 151kb)

Belgium & Luxembourg Yearly Meeting (17-19 June) (.pdf, 205kb)
Britain YM (27-30 May) (.pdf, 211kb)
Central European Gathering (2-5 June) (.pdf, 95kb)
Cuba YM (19 February) (bilingual/bilingüe English/español) (.pdf, 62kb)
France YM (28-30 October) (.pdf, 150kb)
Friends Church of North Carolina (USA) (12-13 August) (.pdf, 59kb)
FWCC Europe & Middle East Section Annual Meeting (20-23 May) (.pdf, 147kb)
German YM (13-16 October) Deutsch (.pdf, 73kb) / English (.pdf, 60kb)
Illinois YM (USA) (15-19 June) (.pdf, 287kb)
Intermountain YM (USA) (13-19 June) (.pdf, 70kb)
Ireland YM (11-14 August) (.pdf, 97kb)

Italian Friends’ Gathering (9-11 September) (.pdf, 102kb)
Lugari YM (Kenya) (17-21 August) (.pdf, 161kb)
New England YM (USA) (6-11 August) (.pdf, 386kb)
Netherlands YM (10-11 June) (.pdf, 150kb)
Nordic Gathering (30 June 3 July ) (.pdf, 87kb)
North Pacific YM (USA) (13-17 July) (.pdf, 55kb)

Ohio Valley YM (USA) (8-12 June) (.pdf, 237kb)

Pacific YM (USA) (22-27 July) (.pdf, 289kb)
Philadelphia YM (USA) (26-31 July) (.pdf, 216kb)

Piedmont Friends YM & Fellowship (USA) (4-5 June) (.pdf, 168kb)
Poland – All-Poland Gathering (15-16 October) (.pdf, 89kb)
Quaker Council for European Affairs (18-19 November) (.pdf, 125kb)
Sierra-Cascades YM (USA) (17-19 June) (.pdf, 40kb)
South Central YM (USA) (10-17 April) (.pdf, 103kb)
Southeastern YM (USA) (13-17 April) (.pdf, 93kb)
Switzerland YM (3-6 June) Deutsch (.pdf, 48kb) / English (.pdf, 63kb)
Uganda YM (24-28 August) (.pdf, 1,134 kb)

2021

Canadian YM (8-14 August) (.pdf, 516kb)
Europe and Middle East Young Friends’ Summer Gathering (.pdf, 1119 kb)
Great Plains YM (USA) (3-5 June) (.pdf, 109kb)
Hong Kong MM – State of the Meeting Report (3 April) (.pdf, 121kb)
Iowa YM (Conservative) (USA) (22-25 July) (.pdf, 81kb)
Ireland YM (8-11 April) (.pdf, 90kb)

Japan YM (20-21 November) (.pdf, 80kb)
Lake Erie YM (USA) (28 July  1 August) (.pdf, 35kb)
Mexico General Meeting (21-23 May) (.pdf, 616kb, in Spanish and English)
Northern YM (USA) (27-30 May) (.pdf, 252kb)
Northwest YM (USA) (.pdf, 68kb)
Norway YM (26-27 June) English (.pdf, 16kb) Norwegian (.pdf, 78kb)
Ohio YM (USA) (11-13 June) (.pdf, 32kb)
Southern Africa YM (24-25 July, 31 July  1 August) (.pdf, 80kb)
Sweden YM (14-16 May) (.pdf, 62kb)
Switzerland YM (21-24 May) (.pdf, 140kb)
Uganda USFW (1-5 December) (.pdf, 1,007kb)
Wilmington YM (USA) (29 July  1 August) (.pdf, 91kb)

Epistle from the Heads of Quaker Agencies (8 December) (.pdf, 19kb)

2020

Alaska Friends Conference (USA) (30 July  2 August) (.pdf, 109kb)
Baltimore YM (USA) (27 July  3 August) (.pdf, 206kb)
Belgium & Luxembourg YM (10-11 October) (.pdf, 89kb)
FWCC Central Executive Committee (11-15 June) (.pdf, 93kb)
Indiana YM (USA) (23-25 July) (.pdf, 124kb)
Monteverde Monthly Meeting (Costa Rica) (May) (.pdf, 224kb)
New York YM (USA) (19-31 July) (.pdf, 100kb)
North Carolina YM (Conservative) (USA) (8-12 July) (.pdf, 589kb)

2019
Evangelical Friends of Kitale, Kenya (12-16 December) (.pdf, 23kb)
Jamaica YM (9-11 August) (.pdf, 276kb)
New Association of Friends (USA) (27 October) (.pdf, 85kb)
North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (USA) (10 August) (.pdf, 143kb)
Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, East Africa (16-19 January) (.pdf, 188kb)
Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) (international) (28-31 March) (.pdf, 99kb)
Southern Appalachian YM and Association (USA) (13-16 June) (.pdf, 122kb)
Western YM (25-28 July) (USA) (.pdf, 658kb)

2018
FLGBTQC (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns) (summer) (.pdf, 4MB)
FWCC Asia-West Pacific Section Meeting (12-16 September) (.pdf, 203kb)
Friends Association for Higher Education (14-17 June) (.pdf, 208kb)
Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference (USA) (6-10 June) (.pdf, 258kb)
Soy YM (Kenya) (22-26 August) (.pdf, 190kb)

2017
Chavakali YM (Kenya) (16-20 August) (.pdf, 102kb)
Nairobi YM (Kenya) (30 August-3 September) (.pdf, 558kb)
North Carolina YM (FUM) (USA) (4-6 August) (.pdf, 404kb)
Ramallah MM (Palestine) (February) (.pdf, 493kb)
Sierra-Cascades YM (USA) (.pdf, 129kb)

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

2016
Baltimore YM (USA) (1-7 August) (.pdf, 176kb)
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)
Tanzania YM (24-28 August) (.pdf, 64kb)

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

2014
Bhopal YM (India) (9 February) (.pdf, 53kb)
Quaker Youth Pilgrimage (22 July – 21 August) (.pdf, 255kb)

2013
Alaska YM (.pdf, 77kb)

2012
East Africa YM (4 September) (.png, 494kb)