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 November 2017.
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.
Information about services from the Yearly Meeting available for our local Meetings and worshiping communities is listed here.
Time to let your favorite Friends School know that grants to help explain Quaker faith and practice to school communities are available once again this year. For over twenty years the Sue Thomas Turner Quaker Education Fund has been supporting this path to understanding and out reach. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Click here for the the application for funds and check our annual reports from previous years to get some ideas about how grants have been used in the past. Please be in touch with us if you have any questions.
See all of the information needed to apply for an Educational Grant from Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Applications must be complete by April 15, 2018.
Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Annual Conference
The annual Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling (QPCC) conference has been rescheduled for March 23-26, 2017 at Quaker Hill Conference Center in Richmond, Indiana. The conference program, Centered in Wholeness: Body & Spirit, will be led by Stephanie Ford, known to many as a longtime Associate Professor of Spirituality at Earlham School of Religion. Stephanie is now Minister of Christian Formation at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. She also teaches with the Friends of Christ School (a local ecumenical group), and the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation. The retreat schedule will include discussion and exercises led by Stephanie, small group sharing, and ample time for recharging/reconnecting with F/friends, nature, Spirit, and yourself. Massage, yoga, centering prayer, aromatherapy, and other self-care opportunities are on the menu as well. For more information about the conference, speaker, and QPCC itself, go to our website (www.qpcc.us). To register, go to https://www.regonline.com/register/login.aspx?eventID=1837205&MethodId=0&Events.