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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30 Years of Letting Our Light Shine
Midlothian Friends Meeting is enjoying the next few months preparing for our 30th anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 24th at our Meeting House at 900 Preservation Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. We hope Friends everywhere will consider joining us for this event while also enjoying our park-like grounds, located within a one-hundred-acre Preserve neighborhood. Directions can be found at MidlothianFriends.org. Here are the activities we will enjoy:
• 10:00am - Sharing memories, experiences, and advice about starting a Quaker Meeting. Alternatively, Friends may prefer to visit our meeting library while this discussion is in earshot. It is located just above our worship room in our balcony and contains many historical displays, pictures, and information about Quakerism; and Midlothian Friends Meeting’s historical ancestry in particular. For kids during the adult session: A nature walk that includes a visit to an adjacent Llama farm after walking over a running creek.
• 11:00am - Worship in the manner of Friends. “First Day” (Sunday) School will be held in our Religious Education Building for toddlers and elementary/middle school kids.
• 12:15pm - Potluck lunch, followed by a wonderfully delicious Ice Cream Social. Seating and tables will be on the large front porch of the meetinghouse and on the back deck. Indoor seating for dining will also be available. Picnic tables and benches for dining are plentiful on the four acre grounds surrounding the Meeting House.
• 1:15pm – Burial of a Time Capsule with artifacts on the grounds under a granite marker - for opening every 30 years in order to add future artifacts that future Quakers can enjoy - for hundreds of years to come!
Please come for any or all of the above events. If you would like to come but need overnight accommodations at the Meeting House in order to do so (indoors or camping in a tent/camper), please email Quaker_Town_Crier@msn.com.