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)


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.

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Other News and Announcements

  • Would you like to lead a two-hour workshop at Annual Session? Program Committee is now accepting workshop proposals. If you have studied and worked in an area of interest to Friends, please consider sharing! Submit your proposal for a workshop online. The deadline for applications is February 15.

  • Women from across the Yearly Meeting region will gather January 23 to 25, 2015 in a beautiful retreat setting (where others cook and clean up). We nourish friendship and celebrate our journeys with singing, movement, worship sharing, plenaries, and workshops. The 2015 theme is To Ourselves, To Each Other, To Spirit. We will convene at the Skycroft Retreat Center. The 2015 Women’s Retreat is being organized by the women of Adelphi Friends Meeting.

  • 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.

  • The 2014 edition of the Firecircle, the BYM Camps newsletter is now available. Read news about the recent camp season, reports from the camp staff, and learn about plans and changes for the 2015 camp season.

  • The Minutes of Tenth Month Interim Meeting are now available online.

  • Betsy Meyer has created a beautiful Yearly Meeting calendar that runs from September 2014 to August 2015 and features photographs from her travels around our community!