Local Meeting and Committee Events

February 2018 Events

February 17 – 10:00am to 4:00pm – Clearing the way for Community and Living from our Core
Warrington Quarterly Meeting Workshop (Frederick Friends Meeting)
Learning to recognize, understand, own, respond to everyday forms of racial/ethnic bias among Friends and exploring our core values and how they are lived out in the Meeting

Join Warrington Quarterly Meeting as it hosts this one day workshop on racial/ethnic inclusion in BYM local meetings. As Friends, we recognize and believe in our genuine human desire for connection and equity with one another. We also recognize that our Yearly Meeting, our local Meetings, and each of us exists within a context of broader racial/ethnic inequality and are heavily influenced by those experiences in ways that hinder us in living these values. Participants Saturday will engage in the Clearing the way for Community workshop that was hosted at Interim Meeting. This is a great opportunity to check out this workshop if you missed it in November or to get a refresher.  In this facilitated workshop, we will come together to discuss the impact of subtle, everyday, and often unintentional acts of bias. We will also begin to explore what to do when we encounter these hurtful experiences and/or when we ourselves have made a mistake. In the afternoon, we will look at common examples of racial/ethnic bias within the Society of Friends and potential alternatives. We will then build on the learning from the rest of the workshop to delve into the Living from our Core portion, taking a broader look at our local Meeting culture and structures.  (Please attend both portions unless you have already participated in the Clearing the Way for Community workshop).  In this portion we will go through a guided process of looking at our values and how they link to our behaviors/norms and outcomes with regard to equity, diversity, and inclusion across racial/ethnic lines. Meeting members are encouraged to bring mission or vision statements, faith & practice manuals or other written materials they may want to explore. Please let Chris Fowler, Clerk of Warrington Quarter, (seebeeff@gmail.com) know that you are coming to allow for proper planning.

 

February 18 – Warrington Quarterly Meeting
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)

Join Friends from across the Warrington Quarter as they meet to building their community.

February 23 – 25 – Playing in the Light: Godly Play/Faith & Play Training for Quakers
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Sandy Spring, MD)

This powerful way of being with children can transform your First Day program for children, and nurture your own spiritual life. Learn and practice skills to help children explore the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and core stories from the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. The program will begin at 6pm on Friday. For more details and to register, go to https://goo.gl/forms/pLpW9oKm3v9GR9GS2.


March 2018 Events

March 11 – Programmed Worship
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)

Everyone is invited to worship with Kenyan and Evangelical/ Orthodox Quakers from the Baltimore area. This Meeting for Worship is under the care of Stony Run Friends, but operates with its own Committee of Care, monthly on the second First day of the month, at 2:00pm. Kenyan Friends seeking a Kenyan Meeting are warmly invited. Social hour at the rise of Meeting, approximately 4pm. Please contact Sujata Massey, sujatamassey@mac.com, or Gilbert Imbayi, gilbert.imbati@gmail.com for more information.

March 11 - Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)

Morning Program: Workshop on Strategic Nonviolence. Quakers have a long tradition of engaging in nonviolent resistance. Now is an appropriate time to refresh our understanding of this tradition. Gary Gillespie, a member of Homewood Friends Meeting, will explore the strategic potential of nonviolent action through video, presentation and discussion. Gary worked for many years as social change organizer, including 20 years with the American Friends Service Committee.
Schedule:
9:00 Gathering and Light Refreshments
9:15 Program: A Workshop on Strategic Nonviolence
11:00 Meeting for Worship
12:15 Lunch (provided by Stony Run)
1:15 Business Meeting
2:45 Adjourn

RSVP by 2/23 for childcare. overnight hospitality and any dietary restrictions to: sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org.

March 24 - BYM Peace and Social Concerns Committee Networking Day
Friends Meeting School (Ijamsville, MD)

Based on last year’s survey & other suggestions from Monthly Meetings, Networking Day will offer an opportunity for folks from various BYM Meetings to meet and exchange ideas and resources about each others’ successful Peace & Social Concerns programs. We also will offer four, practical 90-minute workshops for your most popular topics--two in the a.m. (A) and two in the p.m. (B), each led by Friends with experience in these areas:

  1. How Friends can speak to polarization & racism in our communities
  2. Strategies for addressing homelessness, reentry & poverty – shelters, “open tables” & more
  3. Immigrants, refugees & sanctuary in our midst (update - new resources)
  4. Issues and outreach: Peace festivals, death-with-dignity, LGBT, animal rights, healthcare under Trump

Workshop sessions will begin at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. During breakfast/arrival time, Friends will be encouraged to mingle and share info. about specific programs/activities of our own Meetings. Coffee, bagels & pastries will be provided at 9:30; lunch (wraps, salad, chips, drinks) will be provided at noon. Vegetarian/vegan treats may be included both times. Donations are welcome, but not required, to assist with our Networking Day costs (est. $14 per person). REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please let us know by reply email-a) participant name(s), b) email(s), c) Meeting for each participant, and d) which two workshops you prefer to attend. (NOTE: If you are interested in more than two workshops, but cannot attend them all, we will have extra copies of resource materials that you may take with you back to your Meeting.) Also, please tell us if you need child care or have any other special needs. Our final date for responses will be Mon., 3/19/18.


April 2018 Events

April 8 – Programmed Worship
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)

Everyone is invited to worship with Kenyan and Evangelical/ Orthodox Quakers from the Baltimore area. This Meeting for Worship is under the care of Stony Run Friends, but operates with its own Committee of Care, monthly on the second First day of the month, at 2:00pm. Kenyan Friends seeking a Kenyan Meeting are warmly invited. Social hour at the rise of Meeting, approximately 4pm. Please contact Sujata Massey, sujatamassey@mac.com, or Gilbert Imbayi, gilbert.imbati@gmail.com for more information.

April 14 – Friendly Sing
Gunpowder Friends Meeting (Sparks, MD)

The Quaker Women’s A Capella Choir invites you to a Friendly Sing on Saturday, April 14th from 10am to 3pm in the Meeting House. F/friends from all over BYM are invited to join our singing leader, Ruth Fitz, for a day of singing. We will break at noon for a meal so please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Please let us know if you need childcare by emailing the names and ages of your children to Diane Bowden at bowden.diane@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 5th. Contact Kathryn.beaton@gmail.com for overnight hospitality. Strong and shy singers are welcome to join this circle of F/friends singing rounds, sacred chants, spirituals, peace songs, hymns, and fun songs. We will sing together to energize our bodies and nurture our souls, with music that affirms our diversity, reflects our beauty, and celebrates our unity. No singing or music reading experience is necessary to participate, just a willing spirit and a desire to sing.

April 27 – 29 – Men’s Retreat
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Since 2002, men from Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run have gathered early in the spring to build connections among Friends at one of BYM’s magnificent camps. In recent years, male Friends from other Meetings have participated in the weekend. This year, all men Friends in BYM are invited to register and gather at Catoctin for dinner sixth day through lunch first day - or any portion thereof. The retreat is very loosely programmed and includes time to relax, work cooperatively, hike (or nap), talk, tell stories, play, and have fun. For more information, including the registration form, contact Blaine Keener (443-414-9103 or blkomg@hotmail.com).


May 2018 Events

May 13 – Programmed Worship
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)

Everyone is invited to worship with Kenyan and Evangelical/ Orthodox Quakers from the Baltimore area. This Meeting for Worship is under the care of Stony Run Friends, but operates with its own Committee of Care, monthly on the second First day of the month, at 2:00pm. Kenyan Friends seeking a Kenyan Meeting are warmly invited. Social hour at the rise of Meeting, approximately 4pm. Please contact Sujata Massey, sujatamassey@mac.com, or Gilbert Imbayi, gilbert.imbati@gmail.com for more information.

May 20 – Warrington Quarterly Meeting
Menallen Monthly Meeting (Biglerville, PA)

Join Friends from across the Warrington Quarter as they meet to building their community.


June 2018 Events

June 10 – Programmed Worship
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)

Everyone is invited to worship with Kenyan and Evangelical/ Orthodox Quakers from the Baltimore area. This Meeting for Worship is under the care of Stony Run Friends, but operates with its own Committee of Care, monthly on the second First day of the month, at 2:00pm. Kenyan Friends seeking a Kenyan Meeting are warmly invited. Social hour at the rise of Meeting, approximately 4pm. Please contact Sujata Massey, sujatamassey@mac.com, or Gilbert Imbayi, gilbert.imbati@gmail.com for more information.


July 2018 Events

 


August 2018 Events

August 19 – Warrington Quarterly Meeting
Pipe Cree Friends Meeting (Union Bridge, MD)

Join Friends from across the Warrington Quarter as they meet to building their community.


September 2018 Events

September 21 – 23 – West Virginia Fall Gathering of Friends
Bishop Hodges Catholic Pastoral Center (Huttonsville, WV)

Mid-Ohio Valley Friends Meeting is hosting the 2018 annual gathering of Friends across the state of West Virginia. More information about the theme, activities, and registration will be added as plans develop.


October 2018 Events

 


November 2018 Events

November 18 – Warrington Quarterly Meeting
Shepherdstown Friends Meeting (Shepherdstown, WV)

Join Friends from across the Warrington Quarter as they meet to building their community.


December 2018 Events

 


January 2019 Events