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

Yearly Meeting Events

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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.

  • See all of the information needed to apply for an Educational Grant from Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Applications must be complete by April 15, 2015.

    Click here to directly download the Application Form.

  • Miles White Beneficial Society Accepting Applications for Education Funding

    The Trustees of the Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City are now accepting applications for educational funding. Funds are available for books and tracts, Friends educational institutions and programs for the young, and for undergraduate college scholarships. Proposals will be considered for requests up to $5,000. Preference shall be given to applications from the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area and to those with connections to Friends Meetings or their members within the Baltimore Yearly Meeting. All requests must be made in writing. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015. Notification of approval will be made by May 1, 2015.
    For the application for students, click here.
    For the application for educational organizations, click here.

  • 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.

  • 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 unitywithnature@gmail.com 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.