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)
Spiritual State of the Meeting Reports Being Gathered
The Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee has promulgated their request for Local Meetings to report on the spiritual state of their Meeting. Queries that Friends might wish to consider in preparing their report were sent to each Meeting in November 2017.
As reports are received from Meetings over the next months, they will be made available from the Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee section of the website. You may click here to go directly to the list of reports that have been received.
Information about services from the Yearly Meeting available for our local Meetings and worshiping communities is listed here.
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.
See all of the information needed to apply for an Educational Grant from Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Applications must be complete by April 15, 2018.
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.