Local Meeting and Committee Events

February 2019 Events

February 23 – Religious Education Retreat
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)

Please join us for a day focused on Teaching Friends across the Generations: A Day for Sharing our Wisdom and Inspiring One Another held at Frederick Meeting House, February 23 from 10-3:30pm, with a snow date of April 13th. The morning will focus on what we have found most meaningful and successful in our individual Meetings. We will share with each other our most successful lessons and programmatic approaches and have time to hear from a couple of our elder teachers. In the afternoon we will brainstorm ideas about some common challenges we face, (e.g., unpredictable attendance, honoring differences in children while keeping the group together, shrinking and inconsistent attendance, establishing a nurturing and constructive environment for teachers/teacher recruitment.) We will close, by exploring and developing an idea which emerged from our RE discussion/listening groups: Learning Boxes for Teaching Across the Generations. This would involve developing “Learning Boxes” or resource packets which would contain lesson plans, book recommendations, etc. for each age group-from preschool to adult RE. Each Learning Box would focus on one particular theme or topic, such as simplicity or compassion. All members of the Meeting would concurrently study some aspect of the same theme, giving an opportunity for increased intergenerational cohesion and interaction. For this retreat to be most productive, we need you. If you can’t make it, please recruit someone from your Meeting to attend. For information or to register, please contact Ellen Arginteanu, at ellenandjules@protonmail.com or 814-206-6712.

March 2019 Events

March 2 – BYM Change Group Training - Reflect on Yourself to Stop Implicit Bias
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)

The ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee and the Working Group on Racism invite you to this free Change Group training to realize our vision of overcoming racism and becoming a multicultural religious society. Our lead facilitator is Dr. Amanda Kemp assisted by Dr. Erika Fitz. Both are members of a Lancaster Monthly Meeting. Each training session will be from 10am to 5pm (with an hour lunch break). Click here to download the flyer and registration instructions. Before we can create healthy relationships across the color line, attract and retain racial diversity, or be effective advocates for change in our Meeting we need to increase self-awareness. We will focus on:

  • Noticing implicit racial bias and unintended micro-aggressions
  • Removing audio and visuals in our home and Meeting that cue negative racial stereotypes
  • Adding audio and visuals that promote equity in our community
  • Expanding our leadership and positive impact by going towards what we fear
  • Creating an action plan that includes regularly reflecting on our impact and intention,

March 3 – A Healthy Green Amendment for Maryland
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)

Please join Frederick Friends’ Meeting at 2:00pm to learn about The Healthy Green Amendment, a proposed amendment to Maryland’s State Constitution. Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin will describe the amendment and answer questions. Rabbi Cardin works at the intersection of faith, nature and sustainability. She has served as national director for COEJL (the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life); is Advocacy Co-Chair of the Pearlstone Jewish Sustainability Coalition in Baltimore; founded the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network and partnered with the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. Kallen Benson is a 14-year old high school student and Quaker activist who works to promote a healthy future for her own and future generations.

March 3 – Vegan Tasting Feast
William Penn House (Washington, DC)

Join us for a vegan feast provided by members of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals. All the food will be provided, so you need only bring yourself (but if you feel moved to help, please contact Margaret Fisher at 1margaret.e.fisher@gmail.com). After the meal there will be a presentation and worship sharing about the effect our food choices have on animals and on the environment. The event is free. We hope to see you. Please send us a note about any other dietary restrictions you have if you plan on attending! The meal will begin at 5:30pm. To register, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ca5a82da5f58-vegan.

March 18 – Climate Change Policy in 2019: What Citizens Can Do at Federal, State, and Local Levels
Bethesda Public Library (Bethesda, MD)

Bethesda Friends Meeting returns to the Morella Library for a timely forum on Climate Change Policy in 2019: What Citizens Can Do at Federal, State & Local Levels. Learn how we can make a difference regarding the climate crisis from organizations like Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Chesapeake Climate Network as well as local activists–and maybe even from a member of Congress! Please join us Monday, March 18, 7:00 pm at Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. For more information, contact Peter Jenkins or Rick Morgan from BFM’s Environmental Sustainability Group.

March 31 – Blue Ridge Gathering
Blacksburg Friends Meeting (Blacksburg, VA)

Friends in southern Virginia will gather for a day of worship, singing, and society. The day will begin with worship at 10:00, followed by a pot-luck, and a presentation by Ruth Fitzgerald at 1:00. Overnight hospitality may be available. For more information and details, contact Edna Whittier (egwquaker@gmail.com)

April 2019 Events

April 6 – Peace and Social Concerns Committee Networking Day
Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC)

Hold the date for the annual Networking Day! More details as we get closer. This Networking Day will begin with time to chat about what project/programs our local Meetings are involved with. We hope to exchange swell ideas, hints, endorsements, warnings, etc! Then, participants can join in two in-depth workshops (90 minutes or more each). A donation will be requested, but not required, to assist with Networking Day costs.

May 2019 Events

May 17 - 19 - Spiritual Formation Retreat
Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center (Sharpsburg, MD)

Mark your Calendars! The Spring Spiritual Formation Retreat will be held on May 17th – 19th at the beautiful Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The retreat offers time for personal reflection, sharing in spiritual friendship, singing, woodland walks, and wonderful meals. Join with Friends from across the Yearly Meeting as we journey together in our seeking and our friendship. More information will be shared via email and the BYM website later this winter, but in the meantime, mark your calendar. Registration will open later in the winter.

June 2019 Events

June 9 – Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting
Patapsco Friends Meeting (Ellicott City, MD)

Join Friends from across the Chesapeake Quarter as they meet to build their community.

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