Gifts of the Spirit

Tara Craig reports on Britain Yearly Meeting 2016

Friends gathering in the Large Meeting House before a Yearly Meeting session. | Photo: Trish Carn.

‘Our worship is a worship of listening: to the Spirit, to each other and to ourselves.’

These words of ministry were spoken by a Friend in an opening session of Yearly Meeting 2016 and set a tone and template for a gathering in which personal witness and story were a feature of worship and business sessions.

Friends House came alive for Yearly Meeting, with more than a thousand Friends gathering over the bank holiday weekend of 27 to 30 May. This was the second year of a three-year consideration in which Friends at Yearly Meeting addressed the subject of ‘Living out our faith in the world’. This year the focus was on ‘gifts’, and on how Friends are prompted to individual and corporate action.

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