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Living Faith Gathering

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Living Faith is a day-long gathering of Friends from throughout New England. The event is a chance for 100+ Friends to worship together, get to know each other, share the different ways we experience and live our faith, and build spiritual community.

These semiannual, day-long gatherings are usually held in April and October, and include large group worship, fellowship and relationship-building, workshops led by dynamic Friends, an integrated youth program, and opportunities to connect on shared concerns. New England Yearly Meeting of Friends exists to support and nurture New England Quakers, and we hope Living Faith gatherings will equip individual Friends and local meetings with resources, tools, and connections to more fully live our faith.

Through worship reflecting the diversity of Quaker practice in New England, inspiring speakers and experiential workshops, Living Faith gatherings nourish our spirits and strengthen our ability to live our faith through action. A concurrent youth program explores these same themes in ways accessible to kids. The day opens and closes with programming for all generations, allowing us to be together as a multigenerational community. Families with young children are especially encouraged to attend. We hope that this initiative continues to engage Friends who have participated in wider Quaker events before, and welcomes many who haven’t. Please join us, and help spread the word!

Whether this is your first chance to attend or you’ve been to every Living Faith Gathering, all are warmly welcomed to this lovely one-day event held each spring and fall. Please save the date: the upcoming Living Faith will be on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Cheverus High School in Portland, ME from 9am-4pm - followed by a coffee and cookies “snackluck” social time until 5pm.

This is a chance for Friends new and old (and the Quaker-curious) - from across New England and beyond - to get to know one another, hold multigenerational worship together, share the different ways we experience and live our faith, and build community. A concurrent youth program explores these same themes in ways accessible to kids and teens; childcare is also available for our littlest ones. Registration will open at the beginning of March. Please come if you can - your presence will enrich us all!

Again this spring, there is an option for young adults (ages 18-35) to make a weekend of it by gathering early and staying late for some young-adult only time - and time with Friends of all ages during the day on Saturday. Come connect with others, visit with new meetings, and join in a bit of an adventure! More information for the Young Adult Friends retreat is here. Questions? Ask Nia:

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Cheverus High School
267 Ocean Ave
Portland, ME 04103
United States
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