About the Epistle

The Epistle is sort of like an informal report on what happened in the week of Junior Gathering or Senior Conference, but it is much more letter like than a formal report.

It hopes to capture the spirit of the week as well as the individual events.

If you’re thinking about going to Junior Gathering or Senior Conference reading the epistle I think will give you the best idea on what it’s all about.

The epistles for Junior Gathering and Senior Conference are written at the end of the week.

How the Epistle is written

The Quaker way!

An epistle is a piece of writing directed to Friends everywhere. The content of the epistle is from everyone at Junior Gathering and Senior Conference, but the draft epistle is written up by the nominated clerks of Junior Gathering or Senior Conference.

Then, in a Quaker Meeting for Worship for Business, the draft epistle is read out to the meeting in full, and then the meeting goes back over each section and during this it is amended by anyone in the meeting who feels moved to add or change something. The clerks make the changes to the epistle depending on the sense or response of the meeting to the suggested change.

Senior Conference Epistles

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