Yearly Meeting Events

BYM Camps Registration Is Open for All Campers
Catoctin, Opequon, and Shiloh Quaker Camps

For full information about BYM Camps, see their website

March 2017 Events

March 31 – April 2 – Young Friends Conference
Homewood Friends Meeting (Baltimore, MD)

Young Friends should plant to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (https://bym-rsforg.presencehost.net/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Please remember that the deadline to register and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (March 17). Any one registering after that date will be placed on a waiting list and may not be able to attend.


April 2017 Events

April 1 – Peace Committee Networking Day
Friends Meeting School (Ijamsville, MD)

We plan this year’s Baltimore Yearly Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee “Networking Day” program will bring folks from 12 or more Meetings to share workshops on: climate change/environmental issues, refugees/immigrants, criminal justice & “economic justice,” as well as strategies to resolve serious differences of opinions between Friends and in our communities. This year’s program will be held at the Friends Meeting School in Ijamsville, Maryland beginning at 10am.  Please RSVP and tell us if you (or others from your Meeting) can join us – at pcaroom@gmail.com

April 8 – Friendly Sing Saturday
Richmond Friends Meeting (Richmond, VA)

The Quaker Women’s A Capella Choir invites you to a Friendly Sing on Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 3pm in the Richmond Meeting House. F/friends from all over BYM are invited to join 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. 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 15 – Be Heard at Our Faith & Practice Process Clarification Listening Sessions
Bethesda Friends Meeting (Bethesda, MD)

The ad hoc Faith and Practice Process Clarification Committee seeks your input on the guidance that should be given to a new Faith and Practice Committee. Join Friends at Bethesda Friends Meeting from 1-3pm. The Process Clarification Committee reported on its progress at Interim Meeting on March 18. The committee has scheduled this listening session, and your participation will help us provide necessary guidance to the new Faith and Practice Committee. See the committee’s report at https://t.e2ma.net/click/wfj56e/0e1p7t/k2wl2cc. Contact the Process Clarification committee at fandp@bym-rsf.org for more details. There will be two more listening sessions during the Apportionment Meetings on April 22 and 29.

April 22 – Saturday – 2018 Apportionment Meeting (South)
Floyd Friends Meeting (Floyd, VA)

Come find out more about the money that your Meeting sends to BYM! You’ll hear about how other Meetings are handling their finances and about how the Yearly Meeting is doing. The Stewardship and Finance Committee hosts this annual meeting to consider issues of apportionment – that is, financial support of BYM. New this year will be our holding the event on two Saturdays, one toward the north and one to the south. Friends will gather beginning at 9:30am for coffee and snacks. The Apportionment Meeting will begin at 10:00 and is expected to conclude by 2:30pm. In the morning, the Stewardship and Finance Committee will present a rough draft of the 2018 Yearly Meeting Budget, as well as a first proposal of Monthly Meeting Apportionments for 2018. For documents that explain the apportionment process, go to www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/committees/sandf. Please register for your preferred meeting location so that our hosts may know how many Friends to expect. (www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/apportionreg.html)

April 28 – 30, 2017 Family Camp Weekend
Shiloh Quaker Camp (Hood, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us all a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during the greening up time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come and enjoy the camps for a day or for the weekend. This spring, we will have a program coordinator at each weekend who will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. These may include things such as playing in the creek, a crafts project or hiking around one of the most precious places on earth. 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 work! We will enjoy 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. For more information, see www.bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/. To register, contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (davidhunter@bym-rsf.org or 301-774-7663)

April 29 – Saturday – 2018 Apportionment Meeting (North)
Nottingham Monthly Meeting (Oxford, PA)

Come find out more about the money that your Meeting sends to BYM! You’ll hear about how other Meetings are handling their finances and about how the Yearly Meeting is doing. The Stewardship and Finance Committee hosts this annual meeting to consider issues of apportionment – that is, financial support of BYM. New this year will be our holding the event on two Saturdays, one toward the north and one to the south. Friends will gather beginning at 9:30am for coffee and snacks. The Apportionment Meeting will begin at 10:00 and is expected to conclude by 2:30pm. In the morning, the Stewardship and Finance Committee will present a rough draft of the 2018 Yearly Meeting Budget, as well as a first proposal of Monthly Meeting Apportionments for 2018. For documents that explain the apportionment process, go to www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/committees/sandf. Please register for your preferred meeting location so that our hosts may know how many Friends to expect. (www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/apportionreg.html)

April 30 – Blue Ridge Gathering
Roanoke Friends Meeting (Roanoke, VA)

Empowering Women: The Link to Population: How will the new federal administration affect family planning clinics? How do increasing population and consumption patterns affect declining environmental quality? How does family planning affect population numbers? How do these fit with Quaker values? What can Friends do locally? Presentations by Roanoke Planned Parenthood and Ruah Swennerfelt, a founding member of Quaker Earthcare Witness. Meeting for Worship will begin at 10:30am. There will be a potluck lunch at noon. Child care will be provided. If possible, please call in advance so that we will have an idea of how many children or for more information: Tony Martin 540-874-4212.


May 2017 Events

May 5 – 6 - Spiritual Formation Program Spring Retreat
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center (Sharpsburg, MD)

Save the date! The BYM Spiritual Formation Program's Spring Retreat will happen on May 5-6. Open to all regardless of prior or planned participation in an existing Spiritual Formation program, the retreat is a time to explore and deepen our practice of living and worshipping in spiritual community. Registration for the retreat will open in mid-March. For full information, go to https://bym-rsf1-org.presencehost.net/events/spiritform/

May 5 – 7 – Junior Young Friends Conference
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Please arrive at 10am with sleeping bag, pad, pillow, change of clothes and toiletries. Please remember that the deadline to register and be guaranteed a slot is one week before the conference (April 28). Any one registering after that date will be placed on a waiting list and may not be able to attend. For more information, contact Jocelyn Dowling, Youth Programs Manager. To register, go to the JYF Registration page on the Yearly Meeting website.

May 12 – 14 – 2017 Family Camp Weekend
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us all a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during the greening up time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come and enjoy the camps for a day or for the weekend. This spring, we will have a program coordinator at each weekend who will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. These may include things such as playing in the creek, a crafts project or hiking around one of the most precious places on earth. 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 work! We will enjoy 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. For more information, see www.bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/. To register, contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (davidhunter@bym-rsf.org or 301-774-7663)

May 26 – 28 – Young Friends Conference
Annapolis Friends Meeting (Annapolis, MD)

Young Friends should plant to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (https://bym-rsforg.presencehost.net/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Please remember that the deadline to register and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (May 12). Any one registering after that date will be placed on a waiting list and may not be able to attend.


June 2017 Events

June 2 – 4 – 2017 Family Camp Weekend
Opequon Quaker Camp (Brucetown, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us all a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during the greening up time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come and enjoy the camps for a day or for the weekend. This spring, we will have a program coordinator at each weekend who will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. These may include things such as playing in the creek, a crafts project or hiking around one of the most precious places on earth. 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 work! We will enjoy 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. For more information, see www.bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/. To register, contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (davidhunter@bym-rsf.org or 301-774-7663)

June 3 – BYM Retreat for Local Meeting Clerks
Charlottesville Friends Meeting (Charlottesville, VA)

 

June 17 – Sixth Month Interim Meeting
Gunpowder Friends Meeting (Sparks, 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. Gunpowder Friends Meeting will host the Sixth 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.


July 2017 Events

July 31 - August 6 – Annual Session 2017
Hood College (Frederick, MD)

Join us at Annual Session. This year, the theme of our annual session is Growing Towards Justice - Acting on Faith. Through a truly exciting variety of plenaries, workshops, interest groups, Junior Yearly Meeting, through fellowship at meals, worship sharing, and other times, and also through our business sessions, we will have an opportunity to live out our faith. Registration will open in the spring. Go to www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/ for updated information.


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September 2017 Events

September 8 – 10 - Spiritual Formation Program Fall Retreat
Priestfield Pastoral Center (Kearneysville, WV)

Save the date! The BYM Spiritual Formation Program's Fall Retreat will happen on September 8-10 at the Priestfield Pastoral Retreat Center. Open to all regardless of prior or planned participation in an existing Spiritual Formation program, the retreat is a time to explore and deepen our practice of living and worshipping in spiritual community. Registration for the retreat will open in mid-July. For full information, go to https://bym-rsf1-org.presencehost.net/events/spiritform/

September 29 – October 1 – Catoctin Quaker Camp 60th Anniversary
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Mark your calenders! More details will be added as we get closer to the weekend!

September 30 – BYM Committee Clerks Retreat
Location to be Announced

Mark your calenders! More details will be added as we get closer to the weekend!


October 2017 Events

October 14 – Tenth Month Interim Meeting
Homewood Friends Meeting (Baltimore, 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. Homewood 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.


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