Yearly Meeting Events

January 2019 Events

January 19 – BYM Change Group Training - Hold Space for Transformation
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. The Hold Space for Transformation strategy helps us facilitate and participate in difficult conversations about racism without losing our voices or our cool. It’s a form of mindfulness that can be used in Meetings and in one-on-one conversations. We will practice leaning in to conversations about racism via role plays and heightened listening. Those who have difficulty speaking will practice finding our voices even when afraid to say the wrong thing or when intimidated by others. Those who speak often will discover the secret to having a desired impact without shutting others down. We review important concepts such as: a white frame of reference, institutional racism, interpersonal racism and the limits of color blindness as a strategy to overcome racial inequities. Over the next six weeks we will practice what we learned. A ZOOM call will be scheduled for sharing our experiences in trying out what we learned in the first session. We are also planning a closed Facebook group or a similar online forum for change group members to share our experiences and discuss issues that arise as we do this work.

January 21 – Yearly Meeting Offices Closed

January 25 – 27 – 2019 BYM Women's Retreat
Pearlstone Retreat Center (Reisterstown, MD)

Registration is Open for the 2019 BYM Women’s Retreat! Register by December 21 for the best price. Go to: www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/women19.html. This year’s theme: Women’s Treasure: Honoring our Time and Talents. Together, let us explore the treasures within and among us. How do we become aware of our own gifts and talents? How do we choose to use and nourish them? Do we “prize our time”? How can we help each other grow in awareness of what we give, and what we receive, as we live in spiritual community? Special Performance by Playback Theater! We look forward to welcoming back Playback Theater to give an improvised performance exploring our theme. The actors will work with stories from our community, and rich and unexpected insights may emerge as we all participate. Plus: Worship, chanting, workshops, crafts, worship sharing, catching up, eating, and napping! Learn More! You can find information about the retreat on our growing website: http://womensretreat.bym-rsf.net/. Volunteering and Participating: This year’s retreat is being planned by a committee of volunteers from various Meetings. We can still use volunteers during the retreat. If you are interested in helping us, please write: organizer@womansretreat.bym-rsf.net. Please consider offering a workshop. There are so many wonderful possibilities! There are forms on the website to let us know of your interest. We also welcome crafters – and again, the website has a form.


February 2019 Events

February 17 – Warrington Quarterly Meeting
York Friends Meeting (York, PA)

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

February 18 – Yearly Meeting Offices Closed

February 22 – 24 – Young Friends Conference
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Sandy Spring, MD)

Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Remember that the deadline to register at the discounted rate and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (February 1). Any one registering after that date may be placed on a waiting list.

February 22 – 24 – Young Friends Conference
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Sandy Spring, MD)

Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Remember that the deadline to register at the discounted rate and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (February 1). Any one registering after that date may be placed on a waiting list.

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.

February 24 – Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting
Patapsco Friends Meeting (Ellicott City, MD)

Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, a gathering of Quaker meetings in Central Maryland, is sponsoring a forum entitled “Growing a Quaker Voice in Annapolis” on February 23, 2019 at Homewood Friends Meeting in Baltimore. We are hoping that representatives from all local Maryland Meetings (from both Philadelphia and Baltimore Yearly Meetings) will attend.


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 – Nottingham Quarterly Meeting
Nottingham Monthly Meeting (Oxford, PA)

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

March 16 – 17 – Junior Young Friends Conference
Location to be announced

Junior Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 10:00 am on Saturday. For information, check the Junior Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/jyfs/jyfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Remember that the deadline to register at the discounted rate and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (March 8). Any one registering after that date may be placed on a waiting list.

March 23 – Third Month Interim Meeting
Annapolis Friends Meeting (Annapolis, MD)

Get to know Yearly Meeting Committees and Friends from other Meetings! Be a part of important decision making. Join Friends for morning committee meetings and the afternoon’s Interim Business Meeting. Sandy Spring Friends Meeting will host the Tenth Month Interim Meeting. Friends will begin gathering at 10:00am. Committee meetings will begin at 10:30. Check the Yearly Meeting website for more information.


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. The 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.

April 19 – Yearly Meeting Offices Closed

April 26 – 28 – Family Camp Weekend
Shiloh Quaker Camp (Hood, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person. For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (301-774-7663 or davidhunter@bym-rsf.org) For more information, see the BYM Camps web-site at bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/.


May 2019 Events

May 10 – 12 – Junior Young Friends Conference
Shiloh Quaker Camp (Hood, VA)

Junior Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Junior Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/jyfs/jyfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Remember that the deadline to register at the discounted rate and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (May 3). Any one registering after that date may be placed on a waiting list.

May 10 – 12 – Family Camp Weekend
Opequon Quaker Camp (Brucetown, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person. For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (301-774-7663 or davidhunter@bym-rsf.org) For more information, see the BYM Camps web-site at bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/.

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.

May 17 – 19 – Family Camp Weekend
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person. For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (301-774-7663 or davidhunter@bym-rsf.org) For more information, see the BYM Camps web-site at bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/.

May 17 – Warrington Quarterly Meeting
Warrington Monthly Meeting (Warrington, PA)

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

May 24 – 26 – Young Friends Conference
Location to be announced

Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Remember that the deadline to register at the discounted rate and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (May 10). Any one registering after that date may be placed on a waiting list.

May 27 – Yearly Meeting Offices Closed

 

June 2019 Events

June 2 – Nottingham Quarterly Meeting
Home of Mark and Sarah Brabson

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


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November 2019 Events

November 28 - 29 - Yearly Meeting Offices Closed for Holiday


December 2019 Events

December 24 - 25 - Yearly Meeting Offices Closed for Holiday

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