For over a hundred years Yorkshire Quakers have come together over the Easter period to spend a few days living in an all age Quaker community. While there have been numerous changes the basic content of the time spent together has remained similar with periods for worship, sessions considering particular topics of interest to Quakers, outdoor walks and social activities. As Local Meetings have tended to reduce in size the Easter Settlement experience has become richer, providing a community dynamic that many individual Quaker Meetings can no longer provide.
Each year there is a different theme, led by one or more invited speakers. The theme usually allows learning, discussion and exploration of something relevant to Quakers living in the world today.
Easter Settlement has for some years been based at Cober Hill, Cloughton near Scarborough. There is accommodation for around 90 people depending on how the rooms are used. There are a number of twin rooms so asking people coming on their own to share makes it possible to accommodate more Settlers.
Recent years have seen a subsidy from Quakers in Yorkshire to encourage families and younger people to come. Overseers should note that this is a good occasion for encouraging Attenders, especially those with families.
A small committee plans and makes the arrangements for Easter Settlement with the programme being made available in January each year.
Early booking is advised because once all the accommodation is full the only option is attending as a day visitor.
The 2020 Easter Settlement
The theme of the 2020 Easter Settlement will be “Ourselves, Our World”, led by James and Ruth McCarthy from Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020 (Easter Weekend).
What is this year’s theme all about?
“What is an adequate Quaker response to a world in turmoil? How do the crises that beset us shape our thoughts and feelings, and what does this mean for our behaviour as Quakers?
We will look at how we can create space to examine our feelings with compassion, reconnect with others, find strengths that may have been hidden from us, and think together about possible futures. We will use the work of Joanna Macy and others to build a sense of community and new perspectives. ”
To find out more about the work of Joanna Macy, see the following books:
- “Coming Back to Life” by Joanna Macy
- “Active Hope” by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy
- “A Hidden Wholeness” by Parker J Palmer
For further information about future Easter Settlements contact Pauline Leonard (0113 278 6351) email@example.com