Annual Session 2018
Events of the Week

Worship Sharing

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, our Annual Session day begins with worship sharing from 8:15-9:15am. This year, we will offer many ways to get ready for our days of worship, business, learning, and fellowship. You can sign up for a Worship Sharing group when you arrive on campus. The Worship Sharing groups invite Friends to share deeply around the theme and queries for Annual Session. In addition to the standard worship-sharing format, we are pleased to offer some alternatives.

  • In the “Experiment with Light” format, Friends will experience a guided meditation thought to reflect the worship experience of early Friends. The meditation prompts participants to focus on an issue of concern and to be guided by the Light in considering how to move forward. Following the meditation, participants will share about the experience.
  • In a session led by Ruth Fitz, participants are invited to sing and chant. “We will listen and sing and wait to share together as we seek to be attuned to the Divine.”
  • A “Family Friendly” worship sharing session will make space for laughter, movement, and other gifts of being in intergenerational community.
  • Our Unity with Nature committee will hold a worship sharing session out of doors.

Whatever morning worship sharing session you join, we hope you’ll be nurtured and make new connections while at Annual Session.

Bible Study

Join the Morning Bible Study at Annual Session
Led by Evangeline (Vonnie) Calland
Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings

Corporate Bible study is a creative endeavor that allows us an opportunity to access and experience together the “Spirit that gave forth the scriptures.” As Friends situated in time, we are called to engage the mysterious power of the scriptures while also living into a prophetic ministry for today. By engaging the theme of radical listening rooted in love, we will seek to listen to the scriptures in a fresh way and teach one another as the Spirit informs our personal and corporate spiritual and community practice. Central to our study will be exploring the eternal nature of Christ as expressed in the Gospel of John, and how this can be a lens through which we better understand the scriptures and experiences of the prophets. Friends are welcome to attend one or more of our Bible study sessions this year.

Evangeline (Vonnie) Lynn Calland is a member of Charlottesville Friends Meeting who grew up in Friends Meeting of Washington. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Vonnie also practices as a Hospital Chaplain.


Workshops on a wide variety of topics of interest to Friends are presented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4pm. Leaders come from BYM or represent other Quaker organizations. Descriptions of workshops begin on page 6. Sign up for one workshop or a Connecting Local Meetings (CLM) session each day. CLMs offer a chance to consult with Friends from other meetings, and share challenges and successes on the topic. Some workshops limit attendance, so make sure you get the workshop of your choice! You may indicate your workshop preferences at the time you register or when you arrive on campus. Click here to go to the Workshop Descriptions.

Interest Groups

Interest Groups provide a great way to gather informally to focus on topics of interest to Friends and can greatly enrich your Annual Session experience. They can meet Thursday or Saturday at 4:15, or Friday at 6:15. Topics and locations are announced in the Daily Minute. Please share your request in advance with Barbara Thomas ( to be sure to get a room. Since we can only have a limited number of groups at a time, there is a priority list for subjects:

  1. BYM business concerns;
  2. BYM activities: committees, working groups, response to issues raised by speakers;
  3. BYM Representatives to Quaker organizations;
  4. Local Meeting concerns;
  5. Other Quaker organizations.

Produce Department

On Wednesday and Friday nights at 9:15 pm, Friends gather to participate in this inter-generational activity of games and worship sharing organized by the Young Friends. It is an opportunity to get to know people of different ages in a relaxed, playful, intentional way, as well as to support our rising leaders.

All Age Celebration

Join us Thursday for an evening of intergenerational fun! This year we will be focusing on ways to harness the theme of Annual Session. Enjoy ice cream and other getting to know you activities!

Coffee House

The Coffee House is a series of open-mic performances coordinated by Young Friends. It begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Anyone may sign up to perform. Sign up notices will be posted in several locations around campus later in the week.

The Daily Minute

The Daily Minute is the newsletter of Annual Session. Each day it will be available at the dining hall and online, giving highlights and updates for the events of the day. Other messages can provide helpful information for campus services or other news. See the Information Desk for submission instructions.

Annual Session Bookstore

Quakers love to read! Quakers love to read! This summer, the Bookstore will return to the large, comfortable area on the first floor of Whitaker. Plan to stop in and browse. Many new titles to choose from, plus a wide selection of crafts and clothing. Plus, titles and book signings from BYM and Quaker authors. To contact the Bookstore Manager, just send an email to

Workshop leaders: There is still plenty of time to order books to support workshops—let the Bookstore know how we can help.

Vendors: If you would like to offer items for sale in the Bookstore—let the Bookstore know! Tabletop spaces are limited to 3 feet in width. The application process is easy, but we need to know that you plan to come. That way, we can provide enough table space for everyone to fit comfortably. The cost to vendors for a booth is 10% of sales (with a minimum charge of $20).

Evening Singing

Gather ‘round, all! You can sing hymns around the piano from 6:15 to 7:15pm Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

Healing Center

The Healing Center is a place to BE, just as we are, with our talents and strengths, our ills and wounds, centering in the Light. Anne Greene will be organizing the Healing Center again this year, but the location will be moved to the lower level lounge in Shriner Hall where the atmosphere should be more relaxing and conducive to healing. If you are an interested healer, please contact Anne at


Friends who have registered in advance, and are paid in full prior to their arrival may collect their Welcome Packets (with room keys included) at any time by going to the Registration Desk and looking in the marked container. Friends arriving after the Registration Desk has closed for the day may call 443-602-1221 for assistance.

Monday: 12:00pm - 2:15pm
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:45am - 9:15am
12:30pm - 2:45pm
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Wednesday: 8:45am - 9:15am
1:15pm - 1:45pm
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Thursday: 8:45am - 9:15am
1:15pm - 1:45pm
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Friday: 8:45am - 9:15am
1:15pm - 1:45pm
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Saturday: 8:45am - 9:15am
1:15pm - 1:45pm

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