Quaker Spring

Listening to the Inward Christ Together


Quaker Spring


For the last 13 years in June, Friends from over 20 yearly meetings drawing on all branches of Friends have gathered together in Barnesville, Ohio or in New England to explore what Spirit-led Quakerism is about at its core—and to experience it together. These were truly “gatherings with a difference”—with most of the week left unplanned and open to the leading of the Spirit.

The 2020 Quaker Spring gathering will be held at Olney Friends Scool and Stillwater Friends Meetinghouse in Barnesville, Ohio, from Tuesday, June 16 to Sunday, June 21, 2020. For more information about Quaker Spring, follow the links on this page.

Children’s Program: Childcare and/or programming is available during the morning and evening sessions.

Friends of various ages and background have come together & spent time listening to ways the winds of the Spirit are blowing through their lives. We’ve found it a little hard to explain concretely what a gathering such as this one is actually like. Deborah Haines wrote a piece attempting to describe this called, Jesus in the Midst.

You can also get a feel for these gatherings by reading:

Friends from many different yearly meetings have attended Quaker Spring gatherings over the years including Friends from overseas. All are welcome regardless of age,  background, or faith orientation.

Gathering costs are deliberately kept very low (around $35–70 per day per adult, including meals). Fees are on a “freewill offering, pay-what-you-feel-led” basis, so no one need stay away for reasons of limited funds.

We welcome Friends of all branches and expressions of faith to join with us. Although Bible study happens each morning and many Friends who attend Quaker Spring have been drawn to the faith of earlier Quaker generations, Friends with several different paths have enjoyed this opportunity to seek, share, and worship with others in this open, relaxed retreat-like time.

We especially welcome Young Adult Friends. One of the most exciting things about these gatherings has been the powerful sharing across generational lines between Young Adult and older Friends. Many in both groups have spoken of how powerful and unusual this experience has been.

The 2020 planning/discerning group includes: Deborah Haines (Baltimore YM); Randy Oftedahl of Canadian YM; Bre-anne Brown, Peter Blood-Patterson, and Jonathan Vogel-Borne (New England YM), Angela Hopkins (New York YM); and David Male, Earl Smith, and Sylvia Thomas (Ohio YM – Conservative) in cooperation with the Friends Center of Ohio YM. Please email the Quaker Spring planning group at [email protected] if you have questions or ideas about this summer’s gathering or to be added to our mailing list. If you prefer, you may also write Deborah Haines, 2794 Fort Scott Drive, Arlington VA 22202 • (703) 706-8176.

We welcome contributions to support these gatherings. If you can help out, please go to the Contributions to Quaker Spring page.

We hope you will join us this June at Woolman Hill!