Resources on Outreach & Advancement

Links to resources on Quaker outreach and the advancement of Quakerism.



Welcome to New York Yearly Meeting's Resources page for outreach and advancement.

Outreach refers to the efforts by meetings to reach out to their communities, broadcasting the presence of local meetings and inviting folks to join us in worship.

Advancement is nearly synonymous with outeach as a description of efforts to advance the Quaker way, but also includes "inreach" efforts to strengthen our meetings and prepare them to meet the needs of newcomers.

Quicklinks to the sections below:

Advancement Task Group

The NYYM Advancement Task Group is an ad hoc group of NYYM Friends who hold a concern for advancement and outreach in the yearly meeting.

Is your meeting ready for outreach? Download the Task Group's guide to descerning whether your meeting is ready to do more active outreach.

To learn more about their projects or to contact this group, contact the yearly meeting office at office[at], or call 212-673-5750.

Books and Pamphlets about Outreach and Advancement

  • Letting the Light Shine: A Quaker Guide to Using the Media, Simon Risley; $3.
  • Outreach Idea Book: Suggestions for Attracting and Nurturing Newcomers and Enriching Quaker Meetings, Outreach Committee of PhYM; $18.
  • Turnaround: Growing a Twenty-first Century Religious Society of Friends, Benjamin Lloyd; Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387; $6.50.
  • Now We Are Quakers: The Experience and Views of New Members, Alastair Heron; $7.
  • Welcome (poster); PyyM; $12.50.
  • The Blooging Church: Sharing the Story of Your Church through Blogs, Brian Bailey; $12.
  • Being A Quaker: A Guide for Newcomers, Britain Yearly Meeting, Geoffrey Durham; $16.
  • Come Worship with Friends, bumper sticker, FGC; $2.00.
  • Coming into Friendship As A Gift: The Journey of a Young Adult Friend, (reaching YAFers), Christina Van Regenmorter; $8.00.
  • Members One of Another: The Dynamics of Membership in Quaker Meeting, Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Tom Gates; $6.50.

Sample Brochures and Outreach Materials

NYYM's Advancement Committee has gathered as many advancement/outreach pamphlets as it can find. These vary a lot in their quality and many could not be used in their current form. But they represent a wide variety of approaches and content that we hope you will find useful. We also hope you will share resources with us that we have not yet collected. Please contact the office if you have something to contribute; and thanks.

Introductions to Quakerism in General

Specifically for visitors and new attenders

General Introductions

Other Media

Introductions to Quaker Worship

Introductions for Individual Meetings


Monthly Meetings