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)
Yearly Meeting Apportionment Meeting (South Edition)
The annual apportionment meetings will take place this year on April 21 (hosted by Williamsburg Friends Meeting) and April 28 (hosted by Eastland Preparative Meeting of Little Britain Monthly Meeting.) These are brown-bag lunch events which begin at 9am and continue until 3pm. The morning will be devoted to the first review of the 2019 apportionment and operating budget. There will be a general interest program in the afternoon. Details will be available later.
Workshop – Equity, Diversity, and Wholeness: What Monthly Meetings Can Do
Brought to you by the ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee
On the afternoon of the Apportionment Days, the ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee will offer a workshop in three parts. First, we will spend time thoughtfully exploring the ways that Friends of color and Young Adult Friends have experienced bias in the world and in our Meetings. We will then broaden the discussion to include things we say about ourselves as local Meetings and a Yearly Meeting that unintentionally create barriers for others to overcome if they feel led to join us, or that keep people away. Finally, those who attend will receive materials they can take back to their Meetings and use in the work of Change Groups or in the other ways that local Meetings will be working to make our Meetings more equitable and whole. Those who attend will leave better prepared to bring this ministry of equity, diversity, and wholeness to their Meetings.