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.
2018 Apportionment Meeting (South)
Come find out more about the money that your Meeting sends to BYM! You’ll hear about how other Meetings are handling their finances and about how the Yearly Meeting is doing. The Stewardship and Finance Committee hosts this annual meeting to consider issues of apportionment – that is, financial support of BYM. New this year will be our holding the event on two Saturdays, one toward the north and one to the south. Friends will gather beginning at 9:30am for coffee and snacks. The Apportionment Meeting will begin at 10:00 and is expected to conclude by 2:30pm. In the morning, the Stewardship and Finance Committee will present a rough draft of the 2018 Yearly Meeting Budget, as well as a first proposal of Monthly Meeting Apportionments for 2018. For documents that explain the apportionment process, go to www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/committees/sandf. Please register for your preferred meeting location so that our hosts may know how many Friends to expect. (http://www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/apportionreg.html)