Easter Settlement

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.

A small committee plans and makes the arrangements for Easter Settlement with the programme being made available in January each year.

Easter Settlement 2021     Building a better world – Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April

A virtual gathering this year with talks, discussions and social interactions.

Themes will include: Climate Justice and COP26 UN climate talks / Racial Justice / Keeping Well / Universal Basic Income  / Brighter side –Review of Progress reducing carbon emissions.

In order to organise the Settlement we need to know the likely number of people who will be attending.  So if think you might want to attend for the whole or part of the weekend, please return the details below to pauline@paulineleonard.plus.com so that we can send you the full programme, the link and the password for sessions.

Children and young people under 21 will be very welcome. Some sessions will be for all ages and some in specific age groups. Please give age of under 21s.  The programme for Young-Peoples is here

If you are interested in volunteering with the children or can offer to lead a workshop or a discussion do get in touch by emailing Pauline Leonard.

We would like to offer informal Zoom training sessions for anyone who has not used it previously and is not sure of how to proceed. We can talk people through the technical side on the phone beforehand and even include a short Zoom session for them on a one to one basis.


Expression of Interest details to send to Pauline Leonard

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Local Meeting
  • Age if under 21
  • Telephone number

Programme for Easter Settlement 2021- ‘BUILDING A BETTER WORLD’

The sessions will last from 1 hour to 1½hours. Usually there will be a presentation followed by time for reflection and discussion in small groups.

Friday 2nd April – 7.00pm. Welcome / Introductions and plans for weekend.

An All Age Session including eating Hot Cross Buns (recipe to be sent) and an opportunity to go into small groups and talk with friends. An optional game with Lee Lester.

Saturday 3rd 10.30amClimate Justice and COP 26 Climate Talks

Led by Oonagh Ryder, Activism Support Coordinator, Economics & Sustainability, Quaker Peace & Social Witness.

An introduction to climate justice and an overview of the importance of COP26. Ways to take action.

Saturday 3rd 2.30pm

Chris Petrie “Looking at the Brighter Side” – A review of progress in reducing carbon emissions on a UK and worldwide basis.

Saturday 3rd 7.00pm

An All Age Session  Arthur Pritchard and friends will lead us in an exploration of Quaker Humour.

Sunday 4th 11.00am Meeting for Worship. 45 minutes followed by Afterword joining Friends at Carlton Hill, Central Leeds Meeting.

Families are invited to bring their younger children to the Carlton Hill Children’s Meeting.

Sunday 4th 2.30pm

An All Age session “Creating a Racial Equity Toolkit: What do we need so we can take action?”  Led by Lee Lester

Sunday 4th 7.00pm An All Age Social Gathering.  Concert with entertainment by Settlers.  Contact pauline@paulineleonard.plus.com with your contribution.

Monday 5th 10.30am – “Universal Basic Income” by Reinhard Huss. As a previous trainer of health professionals at Leeds University he will explore how poverty is a driver of poor health and early death in all countries. Tackling poverty is a major challenge for public health.

Monday 5th 2.30pm – An All Age Session.

Well-Being. Ways to keep well.

Can you contribute your skills to the weekend? We need volunteers to facilitate small groups after the presentations and to support the young people in their sessions. Contact pauline@paulineleonard.plus.com with your offer.


Photo of 2019 Easter Settlement

For further information about future Easter Settlements contact Pauline Leonard (0113 278 6351) pauline@paulineleonard.plus.com