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At the Meetinghouse, in the York community, and in the Quaker world
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  • February 17: Warrington Quarterly Meeting at York Meetinghouse NOTE: We will need extra food for our visitors for our shared meal
  • February 23: Religious Education Retreat, Fredrick Friends Meeting (more info below)
  • March 2, 2:00 p.m.Third Annual Abolitionishts Day (more info below)
  • March 23 Interim Meeting, Annapolis
  • April 16, 9:30-3:30 p.m. BYM Networking Day (more info below)
  • See below for information on York's Ten Thousand Acts of Kidness
  • See below for upcoming events at Pendle Hill
Mondays at 7:00 pm @ YFM: Buddhist Meditation in York; click here for details

Announcements are sent on the first and third Friday of the month. Would you like to add an event? Email by Wednesday at noon. Make sure your listing is copy ready for inclusion. 
  • February 10: “Envisioning Adult Religious Education” part 1: Bring your thoughts and Ideas for future 9:30 RE sessions
  • February 17: Warrington Quarterly Meeting at York Meetinghouse
  • February 24: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
  • March 3, 9:00: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
  • March 10: “Envisioning Adult Religious Education” part 2: Tentative Topics
  • March 17: Open Worship Sharing: "Local Social Concerns: facilitated by Pat Long
  • March 24: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
  • March 31: News from Interim Meeting
York Friends Meeting strives to be a welcoming place for all those who attend. In service of that goal, we ask that our Meetinghouse and our grounds remain smoke and fragrance free. 

February 23 – Religious Education Retreat
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)

Please join us for a day focused on Teaching Friends across the Generations: A Day for Sharing our Wisdom and Inspiring One Another held at Frederick Meeting House, February 23 from 10-3:30pm, with a snow date of April 13th. The morning will focus on what we have found most meaningful and successful in our individual Meetings. We will share with each other our most successful lessons and programmatic approaches and have time to hear from a couple of our elder teachers. In the afternoon we will brainstorm ideas about some common challenges we face, (e.g., unpredictable attendance, honoring differences in children while keeping the group together, shrinking and inconsistent attendance, establishing a nurturing and constructive environment for teachers/teacher recruitment.) We will close, by exploring and developing an idea which emerged from our RE discussion/listening groups: Learning Boxes for Teaching Across the Generations. This would involve developing “Learning Boxes” or resource packets which would contain lesson plans, book recommendations, etc. for each age group-from preschool to adult RE. Each Learning Box would focus on one particular theme or topic, such as simplicity or compassion. All members of the Meeting would concurrently study some aspect of the same theme, giving an opportunity for increased intergenerational cohesion and interaction. For this retreat to be most productive, we need you. If you can’t make it, please recruit someone from your Meeting to attend. For information or to register, please contact Ellen Arginteanu, at or 814-206-6712.


BYM’S  APRIL 6, 2019  NETWORKING  DAY                         
BYM Peace & Social Concerns  Networking Day  workshops will be offered on Sat., 4/6/19, 9:30-3:30 pm will be held at the Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016.  
Four 90-minute workshop topics & handouts will include:

(a.m.) 1- The current threat of nuclear war & how Friends can respond:
            the Back from the Brink campaign
(a.m.) 2- When individuals with mental health problems land in jail, how can we get…get them help before trial?  
(p.m.) 3- How to help immigrants in our communities and in detention: suggestions  from the BYM working group - updates
(p.m.) 4- A closer look at our Friends' slow historic progress from slavery to emancipation, from civil rights to present—what we can learn

Before workshops, Friends are encouraged to mingle & discuss programs & we’ll discuss the “hard turn” towards extremism in our politics.   At lunch and on tables, we also may share information on: a bill in Congress to de-militarize police, electric cars, and George Lakey’s new book How We Win.

Fact sheets, contact info. & other take-home resources about these also should be available.

Continental breakfast will be provided --and a vegan lunch will be provided by BYM’s Working Group on Right Relationships with Animals. Donations to cover costs will be welcome!

Please RSVP by email to, telling how many Friends will attend & identifying your meeting, and your choice of a.m. & p.m. workshop.

Pendle Hill - Upcoming Events
February 10-14 – Aiming for Justice: Race, Reparations, and Right Path, a short course with Melchor Hall considering how individuals can pursue race-based economic justice to help repair the racial wealth gap.
February 16 – Open Studio Session1:30 to 5:30 pm, opportunity to work on your self-directed project in our spacious and well-stocked Art Studio.
February 18 – “Compassion,” the first of three lectures by Quaker classics scholar and translator Sarah Ruden“Three Great Themes of the Bible,” in the Barn7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Free.  Register to attend in person or via livestreaming.
February 22-24 – Strengthening Your Inner Wisdom and Silencing Your Inner Critic.  Led by Dana Mitra, this interactive weekend workshop will expand the range and methods of accessing inner wisdom and differentiating the voice of the Inward Teacher from the inner critic.
February 24 – Asake Denise Foie Jones opens “Answering the Call,” an exhibit of her art quilts and mixed media artwork in the Tree Room Gallery, 2-4 pm. Exhibit will remain on display through May 9.
February 27 – “In Search of the Historical Paul,” the first class of five consecutive Wednesday evening classes led by Francisco Burgos on The Challenge of Paul using material developed by John Dominic Crossan, Firbank Library7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Registration required.
March 2-3 - Compassionate Communication  provides a grounding in an embodied spirit-led practice of Nonviolent Communication based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg. Saturday and Sunday, led by Stephen Michael Tumolo with Geraldine Scott.
March 3 – Poets and poetry appreciators meet in the Art Studio for the monthly open-mic Poetry Coffeehouse2-4 pm.
March 4 – ”Confronting the Role of Antisemitism in Preserving Power Structures”, a First Monday Lecture with Rabbi Mordechai Liebling7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Barn. Free and open to the public. Registration requested for in-person seating and required for livestreaming.
March 9 – Peacemaking: Quilting our Prayers and Practices, a one-day arts and spirituality workshop led by Asake Jones9:30 am to 5:00 pm in the Art Studio, combines individual reflection and expression and communal quilting to create a fabric mandala.
March 10 – Early-bird registration deadline for discount for Radical Faithfulness in Action, an online, on-campus program in grassroots organizing and radical faithfulness, with three campus residencies for those seeking enhanced spiritual grounding and practices for their ongoing community organizing and justice work.
March 15-17 – Couple Enrichment Retreat with Mike and Marsha Green.
March 22-24 – Join Spirit-led Quaker activist and author Eileen Flanagan in a weekend dedicated to Upping Your Change Game: Building Skills and Confidence in Nonviolent Direct Action.
March 23 – Open Art Studio Session with Jesse White on hand to help you move your self-directed creative project along.  Art Studio, 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
March 24-31 – Befriending Our Lives, a seven-day Mindfulness Meditation retreat with Mary Grace Orr, Anne Briggs, and Larissa Kitenko.
March 29-31 – Join Lynne Iser and Mordechai Liebling for The Work that Reconnects, a dynamic, interactive workshop based on the teachings of Joanna Macy, who has inspired thousands of people to engage wholeheartedly in working for a life-sustaining society, turning despair in the face of social and ecological crises into constructive, collaborative action.
April 1 – Diane Randall, Executive Director of Friends Council on National Legislation, is the Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecturer on the topic “Tumult, Turmoil, and Truth: Vital Quaker Witness Today,” in the Barn, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Registration strongly suggested to secure seating and required for livestreaming.
April 5-7 – Alternatives to Violence Project: Advanced Workshop. For those who have completed the Basic Workshop and wish to continue to deepen their engagement with AVP. Friday evening through Sunday, 6:00 pm.
April 6 – Songs that Illuminate: Shining Light on our Hearts’ Songs, a one-day Arts and Spirituality combining music and poetry with singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod9:30 am to 4:00 pm, lunch included.
April 7 – Poetry Coffeehouse provides open mic for poets to read and poetry appreciators to listen in the Art Studio, 2-4 pm. Refreshments, too.
April 13 – Art that Liberates.  Screening of the film Pull of Gravity followed by brief presentations by, and panel discussion with leaders of arts organizations serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, in the Barn, 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
April 20 – The Art Studio opens for creative play, 1:30 to 5:30 pm, in Open Studio Session with Jesse White on hand to help you get started on your self-directed project.
April 22 – “Peace/Nonviolence,” second lecture by Sarah Ruden in the series “Three Great Themes of the Bible,” in the Barn, 7:30-9:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Registration requested.
April 26-28 - Mindful Mark-Making: Abstract Drawing as Meditation, a weekend of quiet creativity with pen and ink facilitated by Sadelle Wiltshire and Ann Coakley.
  • May 31-June 2 – An institute where Friends can enhance the skills they need to serve their meetings joyfully and confidently, focusing on religious education, eldering, pastoral care, clerking, and recording.
  • June 7-13  - Continuing Revolution 2019, Pendle Hill’s annual summer six-day summer program for Young Adult Friends and seekers. This year’s theme is“Experimenting Beyond Capitalism.”
March 2 – BYM Change Group Training - Reflect on Yourself to Stop Implicit Bias
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)
The ad hoc Growing Diverse Leadership Committee and the Working Group on Racism invite you to this free Change Group training to realize our vision of overcoming racism and becoming a multicultural religious society. Our lead facilitator is Dr. Amanda Kemp assisted by Dr. Erika Fitz. Both are members of a Lancaster Monthly Meeting. Each training session will be from 10am to 5pm (with an hour lunch break). Click here to download the flyer and registration instructions. Before we can create healthy relationships across the color line, attract and retain racial diversity, or be effective advocates for change in our Meeting we need to increase self-awareness. We will focus on:
  • Noticing implicit racial bias and unintended micro-aggressions
  • Removing audio and visuals in our home and Meeting that cue negative racial stereotypes
  • Adding audio and visuals that promote equity in our community
  • Expanding our leadership and positive impact by going towards what we fear
  • Creating an action plan that includes regularly reflecting on our impact and intention.

Educational Funding Opportunities Available!
Jonathan Taylor Scholarship Fund Applications Being Accepted!
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 2019-2020 academic year, there are funds up to $15,000 to be distributed among the successful applicants. For more information, or to apply by the April 20 deadline, contact Cindy Maier. (
Miles White Beneficial Society Offering Grants and Scholarships
The Miles White Beneficial Society, a charitable organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is accepting applications for scholarships for college undergraduate students up to $5000 or for grants up to $5000 to non-profit 501(c)3 educational organizations. Full details of how to apply for the scholarships are at and for organizational grants are at
Ruth King
Thinking about Race (February 2019)
This is from the 2018 book Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King:
"After several days of teaching in Washington, DC, I was able to score tickets to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. My partner and I took a taxi to the museum. After clarifying our destination, the driver, a middle-aged white male and acknowledged Trump supporter, shared that he had never visited the museum and was disturbed because the building’s design stood out like a “sore thumb” on the Museum Mall. He stated with puzzlement, ‘Why couldn’t they make the building fit in with the other museums on the Mall? What does it have to look so different? I think it’s the ugliest building I’ve ever seen. It simply does not fit in.’ My partner and I, two elder black women sitting in the back seat of his car, looked at each other with clear eyes. I replied, ‘That is the story of our lives in this country as black Americans. We don’t fit in and don’t want to fit in. And why should we? The museum is about us defining ourselves and sharing our history. Of course it would look different from any other museum on the Mall.’ To which he replied, ‘Hmm, I never thought about it that way.’ To which I replied, ‘I hope you have a chance to visit the Museum. It will likely give you more to think about.’ "
This column is prepared by the BYM Working Group on Racism (WGR) and sent to the designated liaisons at each Monthly and Preparative Meeting for publication in their newsletter or other means of dissemination. The WGR meets most months on the third Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at various Meetings. If you would like to attend, on a regular or a drop-in basis, contact clerk David Etheridge.
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