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Events of Note Coming Up
At the Meetinghouse, in the York community, and in the Quaker world
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  • September 14-19: BYM Spiritual Formation Program Fall Retreat, Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center, Sharpsburg, MD 
  • September 16, 1:00 pm: YFM Called Meeting with Jane Keller of Lancaster Friends Meeting (more information below)
  • October 21: YFM Picnic following Rise of Meeting - look for sign up sheet soon
  • November 2: PBS Broadcast of Dawnland (more information 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. 
  • September 16 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing/Discussion
  • September 16 at 1:00 pm: Called meeting with Jane Keller of Lancaster Friends Meeting
  • September 23 at 9:30 am: Summarization of "Fit for Freedom not for Friendship"
  • September 30 at 9:30 am: Charrette: York 1970, then and now with Ken Woerthwein
  • October 7 at 9:00 am: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
  • October 14 at 9:30 am: Queries: "Spiritual Disciplines for Busy People"
  • October 21 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing, Picnic at Rise of Meeting
  • October 28 at 9:30 am: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
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. 
  • September 14-16: BYM Spiritual Formation Fall Retreat (more information below)
  • September 21-23: Family Camp Weekend, Shiloh Quaker Camp
  • October 7: World Quaker Day (more information below)
  • October 21: YFM Picnic at Rise of Meeting
  • 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
  • TBD: YFM Trip to Arch Street and Bartram's Gardens
YFM Called Meeting
Sunday, September 16, 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will discuss whether York Friends Meeting would like to sign a questionnaire regarding the Korean Peace Process to be sent to candidates for US House and Senate.  Details below:

The advocacy group subcommittee of Lancaster Friends Meeting, Tom, Latus, Alice Meckley, Chris Crocamo and Tony Crocamo, drafted a questionnaire to be sent to candidates for U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives who would represent Lancaster County.

The survey is brief, three questions, and those questions mirror the question topics FCNL suggested, in their July 2018 Action Sheet, that we ask candidates. 

The survey for Congressional and Senate candidates are slightly different, as are the cover letters we developed for congressional and senate candidates.  Draft of the questionnaire:

This survey was created by a group of your constituents associated with Peace Churches in Lancaster County. The same three questions have been sent to all candidates seeking to represent us in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Responses may be sent via U.S. Mail to Lancaster Friends Meeting House, c/o Beth Reeves, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603 or by email to: . All survey responses will be shared with our church communities and local media outlets. We thank you for our participation.
  1. Policy advisors with expertise in nuclear disarmament and in the functioning of Kim Jong-un’s regime say that total denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula would take—best case—a decade of intense negotiations. As a member of Congress what actions will you take to promote sustained, patient diplomacy with North Korea?
  2. Congress has an important voice in setting policy. Loose talk of war is immoral, irresponsible and disrespectful to all those who have lost their lives in the last century on the Korean Peninsula. Will you speak out against a war of choice in Korea?
  3. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole authority to declare war and the president must respect that authority. As a congressperson would you support HR4837 which clearly states the president does not have the authority to launch a preemptive military attack on North Korea without Congressional approval?

Celebrating York's Unity Through 10,000 Acts of Kindness
Kids Kindness Poster Art Contest

Celebrating York's Unity Through 10,000 Acts of Kindness, is seeking kid's artwork to include on posters throughout the county over the next 10 months.

Students from Pre-school - grade 12 are invited to draw or paint a picture of  what kindness looks to them on 8X10 paper to enter this contest which is open The contest is open to all pre-school through high school students.

Local artists Carol Oldenburg, Ophelia, and several art teachers will choose the winners, who will be announced on Oct. 15.
Winners will be chosen by local artists Carol Oldenburg, Ophelia Chambliss and local art teachers and will be announced on Oct. 15th.  They will be honored at an event hosted by Creative York later in October.

Participants are asked to send submission to I-ron-ics, 256 W. Philadelphia, York, PA 17401

Name, age, grade, school and phone number  must be included on the back of the  art work.  All artwork must be postmarked by Sept. 30th.  

For more information, please email  with Kindness Poster in subject line. 
For more information, please see attached poster or contact  
  "Ah, Kindness, what a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world."  
Documentary to Air on PBS November 5

A documentary about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.


“My foster mother told me … she would save me from being Penobscot.”

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

The TRC discovers that state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, threatening the very existence of the Wabanaki people. Can they right this wrong and turn around a broken child welfare system? Dawnland foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.

Living at the easternmost edge of Turtle Island, the Wabanaki people are the first to see the new day’s light. If harmony and justice begin in the east, as some prophesize, surely the TRC is a sign of this beginning.

For more information, please visit this Website:

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,
Postponed, date TBD 

Join us for a day trip to Philadelphia to visit the beautiful Arch Street Meetinghouse, built in 1803-4. Here are some notes on the tour from the docents:

The West Room Experience: The West Room Experience is a docent led program that provides a great overview of Quakerism as it intertwines with the history at Arch Street Meeting House. It covers many of the most frequently requested topics with time for questions at the conclusion of each program. The West Room Experience is set to be 15- 20 mins in length, but can be adjusted to a shorter length as needed; this is something to let me know about in advance.
East Room Exhibits:   In spring 2017 we debuted an updated diorama exhibition that includes new content as well as new telling of the visitor favorite dioramas. The dioramas and exhibits in the East Room are a self-guided experience where you can take as long or as short of time as you would like.

We plan on leaving around 9:00 am to arrive for our 11:30 tour. Friends will arrange to car pool and should bring a lunch. A sign up sheet will be in the Meetinghouse by the entrance. 

To find out more about Arch Street Meeting, visit their website:

Bartram's Garden:
Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. It is a destination and an outdoor classroom, living laboratory, and membership organization for ever-expanding audiences nearly 40,000 each year and counting.

To find out more about Bartram's Garden, please visit their website:

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135 West Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17401

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