Baltimore Yearly Meeting welcomes you to our website. We hope that you will find all of the information about Baltimore Yearly Meeting and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) that you are looking for.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting is the regional organizing unit for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the area of central Pennsylvania, Maryland, parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. It is through membership in a Yearly Meeting that individual Quakers become connected with the larger Quaker movement worldwide. "In fellowship, in deep listening, in waiting worship, in commitment to each other, it richly rewards those who embrace the challenge of being a Yearly Meeting Friend." (2011 draft Faith and Practice)

Spiritual State of the Meeting Reports Being Gathered

The Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee has promulgated their request for Local Meetings to report on the spiritual state of their Meeting. Queries that Friends might wish to consider in preparing their report were sent to each Meeting in December, 2014. The full text of the message can be seen here.

As reports are received from Meetings over the next months, they will be made available from the Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee section of the website. You may click here to go directly to the list of reports that have been received.

Central American Children Seeking Asylum Discernment

Ministry & Pastoral Care Committee carried a concern from Homewood Friends to the 2014 Annual Session about children seeking asylum from Central America. We received the charge from the Yearly Meeting to consider & discern a way for BYM to proceed. We were also directed to serve as a clearing house for information that Monthly Meetings may have gathered from their own leadings, discernment, and actions.

We ask that Local Meetings and individual Friends who have information to share contact our committee. Click here to send an email to the committee.

We continue to seek a way forward for the Yearly Meeting as a whole, and ask that Meetings consider what love requires of them, and how way may open for them to respond to the call of this need.

Click here to go to the page that has been set up to include information that has been received to date.

Meetings are Asked to Discern Right Relationship with Creation

Baltimore Yearly Meeting embraces the Unity with Nature Committees request for each Local Meeting to discern on climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation. We believe a mindful discernment process will lead us to the hope, inspiration and strength we need. This will be in preparation for 2015 Annual Session with the theme "Right Relationship". Unity with Nature's emphasis is "Right Relationship with Creation".

The Unity with Nature Committee is encouraging all Local Meetings to deliberate as a community on these dilemmas. To be sustainable we must meet our needs in a way that maintains or enhances the value of the resources and environmental resilience available to the future. Are we called to find such a standard? Our search is for a path to living in peace with the creation. To do that requires honest recognition of the truth of the unsustainable practices we still depend on. With that recognition will come a culture wide determination to creatively adapt to protect the renewable abundance of life in our environment. This requires us to stretch beyond our comfort zone. Consider the Sustainability Queries available here.

Please consider contributing to BYM Friends' Listening Post on Sustainability on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

Registration for BYM Camps is now open for returning campers. New campers may start registering on Sunday, February 1.

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Other News and Announcements

  • Sixth Month Interim Meeting will be held June 13, 2015 at Patuxent Friends Meeting.

  • The BYM Unity with Nature List Serve is being created for Friends of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to share our witness of current trends in our environment and the implications to our spirit in our search for the loving way forward. Our hope is that you will share your knowledge and provide a respectful testing for the discernment of others in the spirit of ongoing revelation. You can share and find support for your concern about the darkness. You can help build the vision of the love response that will protect and enhance our beloved creation and the opportunity for the lives of our descendants. Click here to join. If you have difficulty with the request, send email with Join Request in the subject line. The list manager will add you to the member list at your request.

  • Following the approval of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Vision Statement, the ad hoc Vision Implementation Committee undertook to discern how the Yearly Meeting should move forward from the Statement and begin to implement its meaning across the entire Yearly Meeting community. At Annual Session 2014, the committee presented its Report, Recommendations, and Plan.

  • BYM Meeting House Fund

    The Baltimore Yearly Meeting Meeting House Fund is available as a source of emergency loans to BYM Meetings with an emphasis on addressing the needs of smaller Meetings with fewer resources. Loans are available based on the total balance available as noted in the Yearbook under Funds Balances. The interest rate follows the Internal Revenue Service Applicable Federal Rates. The payback period can be as long as five years. The fund is for repairs on property owned by the Monthly Meeting, although Meetings with other arrangements might be considered. The application form is available from the Yearly Meeting Office. Trustees administer this fund.