year all members and attenders of Monthly Meetings are
invited to attend an event known as Yearly Meeting. During the
course of this annual gathering, Friends meet for worship,
fellowship, and to conduct business. Worship and business take
place in plenary sessions. The Yearly Meeting reviews the State of
the Society as reflected in the reports received from its Monthly
Meetings, and hears and acts upon concerns which come to it from
its Meetings and members. The annual gathering provides an
opportunity for all present to support one another in seeking
Divine Guidance and strengthening the bonds that unite them.
Pacific Yearly Meeting also welcomes visitors from other Yearly
Meetings and Quaker organizations, and all who are interested in
share thoughts on matters of immediate interest and deep spiritual
import. Over the years, many times a strong call to
action has motivated Friends to join in decisive actions with lasting
impact. Daily worship-sharing groups have been a tradition and a
attend activities in groups organized by interest and age. There
is music making, singing in small and large groups, and
a “Community Night” which gives thespians of varying
time to perform. Youths build lifelong friendships.
are several opportunities for sharing, both informal and structured.
Many Friends attend one or more interest groups to
share common concerns. Friends who want to meet with others of
similar background (such as women, participants in 12-step groups,
those concerned with mental illness, or gay and lesbian Friends)
may attend affinity groups. The Children’s Program, Junior
(junior and high school age) and Young Friends (college age)
groups are a vital part of the Annual Gathering. Each of these
groups meets separately for part of the time, and with the entire
group, as they find appropriate.
is traditional for the names of Friends who have died during the
previous year to be forwarded to the Yearly Meeting Ministry and
Oversight Committee, so that their names may be read at a plenary
session devoted to memorials.Many people find it inspiring to recall
the lives of Friends who have helped Truth prosper among us.
exchanges of experience, feelings and insights which Friends are
able to make at Yearly Meeting, in correspondence and
intervisitation, as well as in Monthly and Quarterly Meetings, are
the lifeblood of our fellowship. Widely dispersed as we are
geographically, the Annual Gathering allows us to feel, with deep
gratitude to God, as one body. Friends of all ages find this gathering
binds them into a close-knit community, which in many cases lasts
far longer than the week of the experience.