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.
Click here to register for the 2018 Women's Retreat.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting is seeking an Administrative Assistant. For the full description and application instructions, click here.
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.
Kenyan Quakers in America Gathering
This announces a gathering, beginning at 4pm, of "Kenyan Quakers in America", all the Kenyan Quakers we can find in the area. Lifegate Chuch, the Kenyan Quaker Church which met for a while at Stony Run, has reached a point where attendance is very low, and some of them think this is the right time to start afresh, laying down the existing structure, and coming together to work at developing a church structure much more similar to what they are familiar with from Kenya. The concern arises from the hundreds of Kenyan Quakers who are now in this area, who are not comfortable in the local unprogrammed Quaker worship service. We all know that some have persisted with us and have become valued members of the local Quaker community. But many more have not. There is no immediate expectation that a new Kenyan-based Friends Meeting or Church would necessarily become part of or affiliated with Stony Run. That will be up to the new group and its agreements with existing Meetings. It is hoped that we can support Kenyan Friends' aspirations, similar to the way that we might support a preparative meeting. For more information, contact Adrian Bishop. (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a Kenyan Friend or if you know Kenyan Friends, please invite them. And bring food, so we can break mandazis together!!