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)
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The Program Committee wants as many Friends as possible to participate in Annual Session programs this year. We have been exploring the concept of Pay as Led financing over the last year, and will be using that model to cover the expenses for our virtual Annual Session 2020. By making Annual Session more financially possible for more people, we hope our community can become more inclusive and welcoming. Pay as Led financing acknowledges that while some Friends require assistance to participate, many others could pay more/give more than the rates that are set.
We are particularly aware that this year some Friends have been unemployed, living on their savings, or experiencing other financial hardships. Do not let lack of funds keep you from participating.
The suggested Annual Session registration fee is $100 per adult (over age 18). As always, youth programming is free. This fee includes the retreat, all programs during the week, and programs scheduled in the pre-session week (July 20-24). Whether you attend a lot or a little of the Annual Session program, we invite you to prayerfully consider your own financial circumstances, and pay as you are led. You may be led to pay significantly more than $100, or less. It is up to each of us to individually discern what fee to pay. You will see the option to enter your fee on the registration page.
Registration is online only. If you need assistance, please contact the Yearly Meeting office. You may register throughout Annual Session, but must register for any specific event or session no less then 2 hours in advance of that session to allow time to receive the connection information. You must preregister to receive the technology link for any session. We will not be posting them publicly due to security issues.
Note that the registration includes all currently announced pre-session events that will be occurring prior to the 27th of July. As new pre-session events are added, they will be announced generally and those who have already registered will be given an opportunity to add these to their registration.
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