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  • December 2: PA Unite Against White Supremacy, PA State Capitol Building  (more info below)
  • December 7: First Friday, Meetinghouse open from 5:00-8:00 pm for Greens Sale, Antique & Collectible Ornaments, and Nutcracker Sale
  • December 8: Meetinghouse open from 9:30 am-2:00 pm for Greens Sale, Antique & Collectible Ornaments, and Nutcracker Sale
  • December 9: Following Rise of Meeting and Shared Meal, Greens Sale, Antique & Collectible Ornaments, and Nutcracker Sale
  • December 14: AFSC DC’s Human Rights City celebration (more info below)
  • December 24: Christmas Eve 
  • December 31: New Year's Eve (more info below)
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. 
  • December 2 at 9:00 am: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
  • December 9 at 9:30 am: Queries - Simplicity challenges us to ask "What Matters?"
  • December 16 at 9:30 am: "Pagan to Christian" - Christmas Traditions we Embrace Today (Sue, Lamar, and all)
  • December 23 at 9:30 am: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
  • December 30: Reflections on our Meeting's Year
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. 
  • December 7: First Friday, Meetinghouse open from 5:00-8:00 pm for Greens Sale, Antique & Collectible Ornaments, and Nutcracker Sale
  • December 8: Meetinghouse open from 9:30 am-2:00 pm for Greens Sale, Antique & Collectible Ornaments, and Nutcracker Sale
  • December 9: Following Rise of Meeting and Shared Meal, Greens Sale, Antique & Collectible Ornaments, and Nutcracker Sale
  • December 14-16: Pendle Hill December Conference (More information below)
  • See below for November and December events at Pendle Hill
  • January 25-27: BYM Women's Retreat (more info below)
PA Unite Against White Supremacy
December 2, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
PA State Capitol Building

Join us as we gather to take a stand against the rise of white supremacist terrorism in our country. Charlottesville, last year, we witnessed hate groups including KKK, neonazis, 3%ers militias, among many other groups terrorize the city with no interference from law enforcement. We witnessed the death of Heather Heyer and the savage assault of DeAndre Harris. Shots were fired by white supremacists in broad daylight, 10 feet from law enforcement officers with no immediate consequence. Two police officers died in a helicopter as a result of having to patrol the skies during he hate rally that day.

This year, their failed attempt at a 'part 2' is evidence that we are stronger when we are present and stand face to face with those who are on a mission to send this country back to the early 1900's.
This is not the time to fall back into complacency. The battle has just begun. 

Spike Lee's rendition of the embarrassment that the KKK experienced in the movie "BlacKKKlansman" has sparked a resurgence of the local KKK chapters, specifically in the York County area. This along with the flyering campaigns and terrorizing of the local black community is a sure sign that we must continue onward and forward to smash fascism and racism where it stands.

On December 2nd, from 1- 4pm we will be rallying our community. We've seen an increase in the comfortability of hate group to visit our city and stand on our Capitol Steps spewing hate speech. This is the time to say NO MORE. These hate groups should not feel comfortable coming to Harrisburg City, which is made up of 70% minority communities, and spread hatred and ignorance.

Join us!
We are gathering in order to elevate the voices of the voiceless.
Come let your voice be heard and come with peaceful intentions to listen with an open heart and mind.

On December 2nd, a day after Rosa Parks famously took her stand for our people.
Each one bring 2 others and so on and so on. Systemic and institutional white supremacy has had it's run, if we do not stand up and fight together, then who will? 

Bring drums, megaphones, voices, passion, love, signs and most importantly bring others and yourselves. 

AFSC DC’s Human Rights City Celebration

On December 10th, 2008, Washington, D.C. became the first city in the United States to be designated a Human Rights City, marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Washington, D.C. has joined a successful worldwide movement that includes more than 17 cities in 6 countries.

You are invited by the American Friends Service Committee’s DC Peace and Economic Justice Program and ONE DC to celebrate Washington, D.C.’s 10 years as a Human Rights City, and demand a renewed commitment to protecting human rights.

Help launch the new DC Human Rights City Alliance in its first call to action for the next 10 years of human rights work! Free and open to the public. This open house will include food, entertainment, and speeches by AFSC General Secretary Joyce AjlounyONE DC’s Maurice Cook and D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh. Event information below:

December 14, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM

ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center (BWWC)
2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020

Keep an eye out for additional details soon!

In peace,

Rachel Bergsieker
Program Associate, AFSC DC Peace and Economic Justice

Support our DC Peace and Economic Justice work here!

Pendle Hill - December Events

Nov. 30 -Dec. 2 – Weaving Yourself Toward Wholeness, a weekend weaving workshop with Jocelyn Emerson and Jesse White.
Dec. 3 – Liberated or Unhinged? A Quaker Woman’s Witness to War, First Monday lecture with Lyn Back, 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Barn.  Free and open to the public.  Livestreaming for registrants. Recorded for later viewing on Pendle Hill’s YouTube channel, Pendle Hill USA.
Dec. 8 – Write Your Life into Being, a one-day Arts and Spirituality program guided by Pamphlets Coordinator Janaki Spickard-Keeler.
Dec. 9 – Poetry Coffeehouse. Open mic format. Bring poetry to share or come and listen. Refreshments. 2 to 4 pm in Art Studio.
Dec. 9-13 – Beyond Diversity 101, an intensive four-day workshop with Niyonu Spann and Ingrid Lakey.  Register now by calling 610-566-4507, ext. 137; there are only a few spots left.
Dec. 14-16 – What Does Justice Look Like? Moving Towards a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.  Join with experienced leaders from the region and peacemakers from the United States, too, in this weekend conference co-sponsored with the American Friends Service Committee to consider ways towards peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.
Dec. 15 – Open Art Studio. Work on your self-directed creative project in our light-filled Art Studio. 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
Dec. 19 – “Oh, Mystery!” the winter concert of the Pendle Hill Chorus with Jackie Coren conducting. 8 to 9 pm in the Barn. Free and open to the public. 
Dec. 28- Jan. 1 – New Year’s Retreats at Pendle Hill – Three, quite different, retreats to choose from:  Open Heart, Peaceful Mind, a reflective and relaxing mindfulness retreat led by Valeri Brown; Music of Inspiration for an Age of Anxiety, a musical and multi-media mélange led by Maestro Karl Middleman; and Looking Within: Painting as a Spiritual Practice in the Art Studio with Damini Celebre.
For a longer view, see our 2018-19 Pendle Hill Program Brochureour Fall 2018-Winter 2019 Arts & Spirituality Program Brochureor visit our Calendar of Pendle Hill ProgramsAlso, you can subscribe to our monthly E-Newsletter.
Pendle Hill December Meeting
What Does Justice Look Like? Moving Towards a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel

December 14-16
70 years of Quaker engagement in Palestine
A conference sponsored jointly by the American Friends Service Committee and Pendle Hill.

Commuter: $400 (Cost Plus) | $300 (Full Cost) | $200 (Subsidized Cost)
Shared Room: $500 (Cost Plus) | $400 (Full Cost) | $300 (Subsidized Cost)
Private Room: $550 (Cost Plus) | $450 (Full Cost) | $350 (Subsidized Cost)

For more information click here:
January 25 – 27 – BYM Women’s Retreat
Pearlstone Retreat Center (Reisterstown, MD)

Registration is Open for the 2019 BYM Women’s Retreat! Register by December 21 for the best price. Go to: This year’s theme: Women’s Treasure: Honoring our Time and Talents. Together, let us explore the treasures within and among us. How do we become aware of our own gifts and talents? How do we choose to use and nourish them? Do we “prize our time”? How can we help each other grow in awareness of what we give, and what we receive, as we live in spiritual community? Special Performance by Playback Theater! We look forward to welcoming back Playback Theater to give an improvised performance exploring our theme. The actors will work with stories from our community, and rich and unexpected insights may emerge as we all participate. Plus: Worship, chanting, workshops, crafts, worship sharing, catching up, eating, and napping! Learn More! You can find information about the retreat on our growing website: Volunteering and Participating: This year’s retreat is being planned by a committee of volunteers from various meetings. We can still use volunteers during the retreat. If you are interested in helping us, please write: Please consider offering a workshop. There are so many wonderful possibilities! There are forms on the website to let us know of your interest. We also welcome crafters – and again, the website has a form.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting is Hiring!
Development Director
The Development Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience. For more details and a complete job description, go to To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Development Director Search at
Opequon Quaker Camp Director
Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) is seeking a Director (or Co-Directors) for the 2019 camp season for Opequon Quaker Camp, a residential camp for children ages 9-14. This is a part-time year round position, with full time responsibilities during the summer camping season, June 19 – August 15th. To apply please send a resume and letter of interest along with three references to: If you have questions, please contact Jane at 717-481-4870. Please apply by December 31, 2018. We hope to have a new director in place by the end of January. Copies of the complete job description are available at

Thinking About RaceWitnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk
“…We might also stop to imagine when there might be moments when it is important to take a step back and ensure that others have space that does not include us.
“For example, William, an African American, spoke of his experience seeing groups of whites entering a situation that would have felt unapproachable to him had the situation been reversed: 
“There is also a sense of privilege, a sense of entitlement. … you think about the Million Man March.  This was a day of atonement, everybody asked, ‘Please let us just have this day for ourselves and this is something we need to do.’ Then you watch CNN or CSPAN … and you see some white people walking in there anyways.
“For William, although legally allowable, white people entering that space was inappropriate and can only be described as the enactment of privilege.  Even if the white people’s intent was to show their support, we should wonder, did they ask whether or not the African Americans who planned and participated in the event desired the support?  If we do not see that our everyday behavior often carries a sense of entitlement we will not ask questions about its effects.  For this reason, just knowing that we need to ask the question is an important step.”
From Witnessing Whiteness:  The Need to Talk About Race and How To Do It, by Shelly Tochluk, 2010, pp. 121-122.  Tochluk, a researcher, counselor and teacher, trains educators to work with the diverse Los Angeles school population as an associate professor of education at Mount St. Mary’s College. 
This column is prepared by the BYM Working Group on Racism (WGR) and sent to the designated liaison at each local Meeting.  The BYM WGR meets most months on the third Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Locations vary to allow access to more Friends.  If you would like to attend, on a regular or a drop-in basis, contact clerk David Etheridge,
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