Baltimore Yearly Meeting is the regional organizing unit for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the area of central Pennsylvania, Maryland, parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. It is through membership in a Yearly Meeting that individual Quakers become connected with the larger Quaker movement worldwide. "In fellowship, in deep listening, in waiting worship, in commitment to each other, it richly rewards those who embrace the challenge of being a Yearly Meeting Friend." (2011 draft Faith and Practice)
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Quakers and Culture
Did you know there are Quakers in 87 different countries, representing 100 Yearly Meetings, speaking multiple languages? How do you think differences in culture affect ways in which Quakers worship? What do Friends around the world have in common? What is the value of a resounding collective Quaker voice around the world? Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation – World Office in London will be with us to share her experiences of Quakers around the world. Gretchen grew up among pastoral Friends in Iowa, worked for Friends General Conference and other Quaker organizations, was presiding clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and now serves Friends at the world level. Come hear her stories, see photos, and imagine how the family of Friends extends from the Asia West Pacific, through Africa and Europe, and to the Americas extending from Alaska and Canada to Peru and Bolivia (the second largest group of Quakers). The presentation will begin at 4:00pm.