Other News and Announcements Educational Funding Opportunities
Educational Grants Committee
The Educational Grants Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting will be awarding a limited number of grants for the school year 2018-2019. Grants will be made to enable members and regular attenders of Meetings associated with Baltimore Yearly Meeting (or their children) to pursue their educational goals. Grants may be applied to expenses associated with undergraduate attendance at accredited post-secondary educational institutions such as universities, colleges, professional and vocational schools. Attendance may be either full- or part-time. Grants will be awarded on the basis of financial need and the Committee’s assessment of an applicant’s statement of purpose, including consistency with Friends’ testimonies. Grants will not exceed $2,000 per grantee per year. The sum of all grants to a grantee will not exceed $8,000. In determining the number and amounts of grants, the Committee will be guided by the twin goals of assisting as many applicants as possible with available funds and, insofar as possible, of assuring that amounts of individual grants are not insignificant in comparison with the grantee’s needs. Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2017 and April 15, 2018. For further information or if you have questions, please contact the Yearly Meeting Office at 301-774-7663 or online at www.bym-rsf.org.
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.
Jonathan Taylor Scholarship Fund Applications Being Accepted!
The Jonathan K. Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund is administered by Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run to provide support to students attending Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Preference goes to members of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting community. For the 2018-2019 academic year, there are funds up to $15,000 to be distributed among the successful applicants. For more information, or to apply by the April 20 deadline, contact Cindy Maier.
The Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism, administered by Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas, makes annual grants of up to $1,000.
A variety of proposals relating to Christian mysticism are given consideration by the Grants Committee. Recently funded projects have included a grant for the study of papers held at the Haverford Quaker Archives for a Ph.D. dissertation on mysticism and science, a grant for the development of online teaching material on the Christian mystical tradition, grants to Pendle Hill and Woolman Hill retreat centers for programs on worship and contemplative prayer, and a grant to a Roman Catholic abbey toward the cost of new cushions and mats for their meditation room.
Proposals should be no more than two pages and include the following: a full description of the project including an indication of how the project relates to the study and/or practice of Christian mysticism, the specific amount of money requested,· the way the grant will be spent· other sources of funding·, plans for communicating the results to others. Two or three people who are familiar with your project should mail letters of reference directly to the clerk, Kenneth Woodrow Henke, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, P.0. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542. E-mail inquiries may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals and references for 2018 grants are due by March 1, 2018. Decisions are made by the Grants Committee in May and grants distributed in June. Recipients are asked to send a progress report within a year.
Work with and for Friends
William Penn House Hiring Program Coordinator
William Penn House is a Quaker center for witness, education, service, and hospitality, centrally located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. Since 1966, we have supported peace and justice activism through hospitality, experiential social justice education programs, and public events. The program coordinator is responsible for the design, management, and facilitation of William Penn House’s social justice education and service-learning programs. These programs engage youth (middle-school through college-aged) with social justice issues through hands-on, experiential activities and opportunities to build relationships with activists, community leaders, policy makers, and members of marginalized communities. For more information, see the full job description at: tinyurl.com/WPHprogramcoordinator.
Northwest Yearly Meeting Friends Church Seeks Pastor
Eugene (OR) Friends Church is seeking applications for the position of Pastor, to fill a retirement-created vacancy. EFC is a growing congregation of about 160 affiliated persons, currently part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but in the process of becoming a founding member of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. We are a Christ-centered, affirming, high-involvement, outward-looking Quaker church seeking to be faithful to the call of Jesus in our community. Consult www.eugenefriendschurch.org/job-opportunities/ for a position description, with links to the full application package and the rest of our website.