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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)

Sarah Gillooly is the next General Secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting

Baltimore Yearly Meeting is delighted to welcome Sarah M. Gillooly as its new General Secretary. The General Secretary Search Committee's selection was approved at a Called Interim Meeting on May 18, 2021. Sarah, who uses they/them pronouns, has served in a broad spectrum of leadership and programmatic positions in several large nonprofit organizations, including, most recently, as Vice President for State Outreach and Engagement at Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Director of Advocacy and Political strategy for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina; and Strategic Manager for Health Finance for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The General Secretary Search Committee was particularly impressed with Sarah's experience, training and commitment to anti-racism and the implementation of anti-racist practices in staff supervision and program management. Sarah also brings deep experience in consultative services, complex budget management, organizational change and community organizing.

Sarah will complete a Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion in 2023 and has an M.A. in Women's studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Sarah is a member of Adelphi Friends Meeting, serving on the Nominating Committee and the Pastoral Care Committee there. The selection was made after a search process which included opportunities for Yearly Meeting members and committees to meet the candidates and give input. Sarah will begin their service to the Yearly Meeting on July 19th and will be attending Annual Session 2021 in August where people who don't know them can meet Sarah. Friends are invited to read more about Sarah in this biosketch, which was circulated during the search process.

Fall Spiritual Formation Retreat

Friday, September 17, 2021Saturday, September 18, 2021

Register now for the Fall Spiritual Formation Retreat
September 17-18, 2021

The 17th-century French monastic and mystic known today as Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection wrote a series of letters to spiritual seekers in his own troubled time. Through these letters of counsel, he offered advice from his life’s experiences about how to cultivate and sustain a faith that is “alive and active on every side of life, particularly in times of need.” He wrote “my only prayer practice is attention. I carry on a habitual, silent, and secret conversation with God that fills me with overwhelming joy.”

Whatever language we use to describe the ground and wisdom we seek--Spirit, the Light, Truth--how can our lives become deeply attuned to that ground so that we can be faithful, alive, and active in our own times? In the fall Spiritual Formation retreat, we’ll go “back to basics” to explore some of the practices that might help us (re)discover this joy and to sustain attention on that which nourishes our lives.

The retreat will begin on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and conclude on Saturday evening at 9 p.m. We will have four structured sessions during the retreat that will invite Friends into times of quiet personal reflection, sharing in spiritual friendship and in small groups, and fellowship with the whole group. We’ll also keep our Zoom space open during meal times for the beloved “table fellowship” we so enjoy at our in-person retreats.

In response to a need voiced during the May Spiritual Formation Retreat, the Spiritual Formation Working Group will support a “virtual” (Zoom-based) year-long program of monthly gatherings for Friends who live remotely or whose local Meetings cannot support a local Spiritual Formation group. More information about this opportunity will be shared at the retreat.

Registration for the retreat is open now and will close on Monday, September 13th. To register, click the link below.

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