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)
Information about services from the Yearly Meeting available for our local Meetings and worshiping communities is listed here.
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If you took ten steps from your door into nature, what reflections might come up? Watch this slide show about a Unity With Nature project and send us your video BEFORE Annual Session 2019. Instructions appear in the slide show.
The BYM Educational Grants Committee is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Grants may be applied to expenses associated with undergraduate attendance at accredited post-secondary educational institutions such as universities, colleges, professional and vocational schools. Attendance may be either full- or part-time. Grants will be awarded on the basis of financial need and the Committee’s assessment of an applicant’s statement of purpose. Grant limits are up to $2,000 per grantee per year, for a cumulative total of $8,000. Applications will be accepted between January 1, 2020 and April 24, 2020. Award decisions will be made in May. For further information or if you have questions, please contact the Yearly Meeting Office at 301-774-7663.
Are you an undergraduate student looking for financial support for your studies? Are you a part of an organization that provides learning opportunities for young people in the greater Baltimore region? If so, we invite you to consider applying for an educational grant or scholarship from the Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore, which has been supporting scholars and organizations since 1874. We invite you to learn more about Miles White by clicking here. The deadline for scholarships and educational grants for 2020 is March 13th.
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 outreach. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. Click for the application instructions 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.
The Jonathan K. Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund is administered by Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run to provide support to students attending Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Preference goes to members of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting community. For the 2020-2021 academic year, there are funds up to $15,000 to be distributed among the successful applicants. For more information, or to apply by the June 1, 2020 deadline, contact Cindy Maier. (email@example.com)
Participants will experience the distinctly Quaker way of knowing solitude in community. We will go deep together in expectant waiting, attending to the divine stirrings within, ready to open to Grace. There will be individual time for prayer, reflection, rest, and walks. Meals will be taken in silence, and you’ll be welcome to read, journal, do handwork or artwork, or engage in similar quiet activity in the common spaces. There will also be opportunities to share in small reflection groups, as well as an invitation to meeting with a retreat leader if you wish. Anyone who would like to hear the monks chant the Psalms will be welcome in the Abbey chapel during Divine Office. The Retreat House is a modern structure, and its rooms are simple but comfortable – single occupancy, each with its own bathroom. Leaders Rita Willett and Catherine Cox are both graduates of the School of the Spirit Ministry’s program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, and Rita was a teacher in that program. She holds a degree from Earlham School of Religion and has been a student in Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. Catherine is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program. The full cost is $280, minimum fee is $200.
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