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)
Charlottesville: In the Spirit of Love and Truth
Our hearts go out to the people of Charlottesville and the many victims of the violence that erupted in their community this past weekend. We unite with the Charlottesville Friends Meeting and community in the Spirit of Love and Truth, as together we face the evils of racism, hatred, and bigotry in our midst.
In the Spirit of Love and Truth, we recognize no distinction between people by race, gender, class, or belief. There is that of God in all people, and we, as Friends, are called to answer that of God in all people. Equity, diversity and inclusion of all people are the foundation of the Blessed Community we seek.
Yet in the Spirit of Love and Truth, we cannot deny the racism, hatred, and bigotry that are an integral part of our history, that violently and cruelly oppress people in our society today, and that continue to inspire violent, racist movements. It is all around us; it is part of who we are; and it has affected each of us differently and profoundly depending on our race, gender, class, and other unique life experiences.
We are the heirs of this legacy, but we need not pass it on to future generations. We have the opportunity now, in the Spirit of Love and Truth, to say “No More” to acts of racism, hatred, and bigotry, and “Yes!” to the healing, enduring power of Love.
Yet it is not as simple as just saying “no.” We are called to answer that of God in ourselves, in the oppressed, and in the oppressor. There are many deep wounds to heal, many profound inequities to be made right, many behaviors to change, and many deep fears to quell. These are the roots from which racism, violence, hatred, and bigotry spring. And, it is here that we must give our steadfast attention.
Let us gather in worship and unite in action. This is our legacy. This is our Truth. This is our Love. This is our moment.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting
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September 29th through October 1, 2017
This summer marks the 60th year we have been holding camp at Catoctin!
JOIN US FOR THIS HISTORIC CELEBRATION
For a weekend of reminiscing, singing around the campfire, frazzlyram, short hikes on the mountain, great camp food, and catching up with old friends.
Enjoy the history and familiarity of camp, the physical heart of our beloved community for the last 60 years, while also experiencing
the brand new bathhouse, a key component in building a sustainable future for our camp, and the mountain we call home, for the next 50 years. For more information and to register, visit www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/cqcalumni.html
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Courage and Resistance in a Nuclear Age Talk and Book Signing
Washington Post Reporter Dan Zak will discuss his new book Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age. He says “On a tranquil summer night in July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Fort Knox of Uranium in Oak Ridge, Tenn.” His book examines the love-hate relationship the US has to the bomb from the race to achieve atomic power to the solemn 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima. Sister Megan Rice is a peace activist and an octogenarian nun with a criminal record. Four years ago she was one of three who broke into a high security nuclear facility in Tennessee in what was later described as the largest security breach in American atomic history. Carrying a backpack and a deeply held conviction that the United States is breaking international law by quietly keeping up a multibillion-dollar nuclear weapons program, she crawled on her belly under a top security fence, ran across an open field, symbolically poured blood on equipment and raised a banner for peace. For this she was put in prison for three years. Sponsored by Sandy Spring Friends Peace Committee and Pax Christi, the presentation will begin at 3:00pm. For more information, contact Ellen Atkinson (301-774-1328) or Bette Hoover. (email@example.com)