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February 2020 Events

February 22 – Deadline for Annual Session 2020 Workshop Proposals
Want to lead a Workshop at Annual Session?

If you, or a committee you are part of, wants to lead a workshop, please submit this form (www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/workshopprop.html) not later than February 22. Workshops are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons, and typically cover a range of topics that relate to the theme of Annual Session (Courage, Faith, and Hope to Love Across Our Differences), and other topics of interest to Friends. Interest group times are also available for those that want to converse with others on a topic, without the preparation needed for a full workshop. Interest group requests can be made any time before or during Annual Session.

February 29 – R E Retreat
Adelphi Friends Meeting (Adelphi, MD)

Quakers strive with joy to welcome people of diverse spiritual journeys, beliefs and life experiences. How do we nurture each other’s growth, in the midst of great diversity? Such an ideal can be challenging. Our morning speaker will present current issues and remind us earlier times in Quaker history when increased diversity presented similar dilemmas. A panel will facilitate an audience discussion. Following lunch, we will divide into three workshops:

  • Continuing discussion of mornings theme
  • Nurturing our youth’s individual spirituality within the group setting (i.e., Quaker classroom management)
  • Teaching history through story telling

After our workshops, we will gather in the large group to share highlights, and take part in a “mystery book game.” The retreat will begin at 10am-3pm (refreshment and sign-in (9:30-10). If there are any questions or to register, please contact Ellen Arginteanu (ellenandjules@protonmail.com, 814-206-6712).


March 2020 Events

March 7 – 8 – Junior Young Friends Conference
Adelphi Friends Meeting (Adelphi, MD)

Junior Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 10:00 am on Saturday. For information, check the Junior Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/jyfs/jyfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663)

March 21 – Third Month Interim Meeting
Hopewell Centre Monthly Meeting (Winchester, VA)

Get to know Yearly Meeting Committees and Friends from other Meetings! Be a part of important decision making. Join Friends for morning committee meetings and the afternoon’s Interim Business Meeting. Hopewell Centre Monthly Meeting will host the Third Month Interim Meeting. Friends will begin gathering at 10:00am. Committee meetings will begin at 10:30. Check the Yearly Meeting website for more information.


April 2020 Events

April 4 – Reparations Action Group Workshop
Location to be Announced

The Reparations Action Group is excited to announce our upcoming Spring workshops. This is a three part workshop series designed to learn about our history as an institution, discuss potential ways to work toward repair and reconciliation within and outside of our community, and to build a toolbox for action and forward movement as individuals and a collective. You will walk away from this series with a deeper knowledge and understanding of our roles in the larger system and with the skills to prompt direct action toward repair in your community. This course has a sliding scale fee of $150 - $300, which is required at the time of registration. If you are unable to pay the minimum of $150 please contact Nikki Richards for further details. Black Friends, Indigenous Friends, and other Friends of Color do not need to pay for this workshop; it is free to attend. The course will be delivered at various Meeting House locations in the Baltimore/ DC /VA area. To register for this event, please go to forms.gle/DNEj1NeoFwNFH9Wn7 and fill out the form in its entirety. For any questions or concerns please contact Nikki Richards, Clerk of the Reparations Action Group, at nikkirichards1993@gmail.com.

April 18 – Peace and Social Concerns Committee Retreat
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Sandy Spring, MD)

Save the date! The retreat will be from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The committee invites the clerks of local Meeting Peace and Social Concerns committees to join them for the day.

April 18 – BYM Annual Apportionment and Finance Meeting
Blacksburg Friends Meeting (Blacksburg, VA)

The Stewardship and Finance Committee is holding their first Apportionment and Finance meeting from 10 am to 12 noon at Blacksburg Friends Meeting. We will discuss the draft 2021 Yearly Meeting budget, the proposed 2021 Monthly Meeting apportionment amounts, and the issues the committee and staff worked through to develop both. Please bring your questions—big or small, general or specific. Most importantly, please come prepared to weigh in on the draft budget, apportionment amounts, and the apportionment process and offer any suggestions for improvements. Stewardship and Finance will incorporate feedback received at these meetings into a revised budget and apportionment amounts. These annual apportionment meetings are also an excellent opportunity to learn about how other Meetings handle their finances and to discuss common issues. Friends are welcome to gather at 9:30 for coffee, snacks, and conversation.

April 24 – 26– Family Camp Weekend
Shiloh Quaker Camp (Hood, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person. For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (301-774-7663 or davidhunter@bym-rsf.org) For more information, see the BYM Camps web-site at bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/.

April 25 – BYM Annual Apportionment and Finance Meeting
Eastland Preparative Meeting (Little Britain, PA)

The Stewardship and Finance Committee is holding their second Apportionment and Finance meeting from 10 am to 12 noon at Eastland Preparative Meeting. We will discuss the draft 2021 Yearly Meeting budget, the proposed 2021 Monthly Meeting apportionment amounts, and the issues the committee and staff worked through to develop both. Please bring your questions—big or small, general or specific. Most importantly, please come prepared to weigh in on the draft budget, apportionment amounts, and the apportionment process and offer any suggestions for improvements. Stewardship and Finance will incorporate feedback received at these meetings into a revised budget and apportionment amounts. These annual apportionment meetings are also an excellent opportunity to learn about how other Meetings handle their finances and to discuss common issues. Friends are welcome to gather at 9:30 for coffee, snacks, and conversation.


May 2020 Events

May 2 – Reparations Action Group Workshop
Location to be Announced

The Reparations Action Group is excited to announce our upcoming Spring workshops. This is a three part workshop series designed to learn about our history as an institution, discuss potential ways to work toward repair and reconciliation within and outside of our community, and to build a toolbox for action and forward movement as individuals and a collective. You will walk away from this series with a deeper knowledge and understanding of our roles in the larger system and with the skills to prompt direct action toward repair in your community. This course has a sliding scale fee of $150 - $300, which is required at the time of registration. If you are unable to pay the minimum of $150 please contact Nikki Richards for further details. Black Friends, Indigenous Friends, and other Friends of Color do not need to pay for this workshop; it is free to attend. The course will be delivered at various Meeting House locations in the Baltimore/ DC /VA area. To register for this event, please go to forms.gle/DNEj1NeoFwNFH9Wn7 and fill out the form in its entirety. For any questions or concerns please contact Nikki Richards, Clerk of the Reparations Action Group, at nikkirichards1993@gmail.com.

May 15 – 17 – BYM Spiritual Formation Retreat
Claggett Center (Adamstown, MD)

The Spiritual Formation Working Group welcomes you to our Spring retreat, which will be held at the beautiful Claggett Center in Adamstown Maryland. We will gather on the theme of prayer as both a practice and a disposition of heart and spirit. We will practice five forms of prayer, as we honor the yearnings of opening to Spirit, receiving blessings and expressing our gratitude. Come refresh and renew your spiritual being, as you share your story, community meals, conversation and fellowship with seekers throughout the BYM area. The Claggett Center offers us comfortable accommodations, lovely mountain views, and walking trails through fields and farmland. You can register here www.bym-rsf.org/events/spiritform.

May 15 – 17 – Family Camp Weekend
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person. For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (301-774-7663 or davidhunter@bym-rsf.org) For more information, see the BYM Camps web-site at bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/.

May 22 – 24 – Young Friends Conference
Location to be announced

Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Remember that the deadline to register at the discounted rate and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference. Any one registering after that date may be placed on a waiting list.

May 29 – 31 – Family Camp Weekend
Opequon Quaker Camp (Brucetown, VA)

Family Camp Weekends at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camp Properties offer us a chance enjoy our beautiful camp properties during this delightful time of year. Individuals and families are invited to come to camp for a day or for the weekend. A program coordinator will plan camp-familiar activities for Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Saturday afternoon and evening. Perhaps you will explore a creek, create a crafts project, play a favorite camp game or take a hike in our precious woods. There will also be plenty of work projects to do! Work projects offer people with all kinds of skills the opportunity to enjoy some meaningful and satisfying service! We will savor meals together, have time to explore and even spend time around a camp fire in the evening. We invite you to join us for a BYM Quaker Camp experience, give the gift of your time, participate with children in activities and find yourself rejuvenated. Participants are asked to contribute according to their ability – $25-50 per person. For additional information or to register please contact David Hunter, Camp Property Manager. (301-774-7663 or davidhunter@bym-rsf.org) For more information, see the BYM Camps web-site at bymcamps.org/programs/family-camp-weekends/.

May 30 – Reparations Action Group Workshop
Location to be Announced

The Reparations Action Group is excited to announce our upcoming Spring workshops. This is a three part workshop series designed to learn about our history as an institution, discuss potential ways to work toward repair and reconciliation within and outside of our community, and to build a toolbox for action and forward movement as individuals and a collective. You will walk away from this series with a deeper knowledge and understanding of our roles in the larger system and with the skills to prompt direct action toward repair in your community. This course has a sliding scale fee of $150 - $300, which is required at the time of registration. If you are unable to pay the minimum of $150 please contact Nikki Richards for further details. Black Friends, Indigenous Friends, and other Friends of Color do not need to pay for this workshop; it is free to attend. The course will be delivered at various Meeting House locations in the Baltimore/ DC /VA area. To register for this event, please go to forms.gle/DNEj1NeoFwNFH9Wn7 and fill out the form in its entirety. For any questions or concerns please contact Nikki Richards, Clerk of the Reparations Action Group, at nikkirichards1993@gmail.com.


June 2020 Events

June 13 – Sixth Month Interim Meeting
Friends Community School (Hyattsville, MD)

Get to know Yearly Meeting Committees and Friends from other Meetings! Be a part of important decision making. Join Friends for morning committee meetings and the afternoon’s Interim Business Meeting. Friends Community School and Adelphi Friends Meeting will host the Sixth Month Interim Meeting. Friends will begin gathering at 10:00am. Committee meetings will begin at 10:30. Check the Yearly Meeting website for more information.


July 2020 Events

July 4 - Yearly Meeting Offices Closed for Holiday

July 27 - August 2 – Annual Session 2020
Hood College (Frederick, MD)

Get to know Yearly Meeting Committees and Friends from other Meetings! Be a part of important decision making. Join Friends for Annual Session 2020. Check the Yearly Meeting website for more information.


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November 2020 Events

November 7 – Eleventh Month 2020 Interim Meeting
Bethesda Friends Meeting (Bethesda, MD)

Get to know Yearly Meeting Committees and Friends from other Meetings! Be a part of important decision making. Join Friends for morning committee meetings and the afternoon’s Interim Business Meeting. Bethesda Friends Meeting will host the Eleventh Month Interim Meeting. Friends will begin gathering at 10:00am. Committee meetings will begin at 10:30. Check the Yearly Meeting website for more information.


December 2020 Events

December 24 - 25 - Yearly Meeting Offices Closed for Holiday


January 2021 Events

 

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