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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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  • May 15, 6:00 p.m.: Ad hoc Finance Committee Meeting at the Meeting House (Open to All)
  • May 19, 7:00 p.m. 250th Anniversary of Warrington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse (more info below)
  • May 19,  Warrington Quarterly Meeting at Warrington Monthly Meeting
  • June 8, 9:30-4:30: Friends Couple Enrichment at Bethesda Friends Meeting (more info below)
  • July 29-Augyst 4: BYM Annual Session 2019, Hood College, Frederick, MD (more info below)
  • See below for upcoming events at Pendle Hill
Would you like to add an event? Email by Wednesday at noon. Make sure your listing is copy ready for inclusion. 
  • June 2, 9:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
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. 

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Commemoration Service honoring the 250th Anniversary of Warrington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
Doors will open at 6:30.

Warrington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse 
Corner of Meetinghouse Road and Route 74 between Wellsville and Rossville, Northern York County, Pennsylvania



Ending the United States’ pursuit of endless warfare will be the topic of an interactive forum on Tuesday, May 28th, 7:00 pm, at Tellus 360 in downtown Lancaster. The forum, part of a monthly series—“Peace on Tap”—sponsored by Lancaster Peace Network (PAN), will detail the extensive costs of post-9/11 military engagements, the current political-legislative situation that propels the nation’s war-making machinery, and concrete steps Congress can take to assume control over the current cycle of self-perpetuating wars.
The forum will be presented by local members of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the nation’s oldest faith-based lobbying organization in Washington, D.C.  “FCNL works with members of Congress to promote peace and social justice.  Currently FCNL is focused on passage of legislation that would repeal the Authorizations for Use of Military Force – often referred to as AUMFs—passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks,” says Beth Reeves, coordinator of the Lancaster FCNL group. 

Reeves explains that the AUMFs passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002 authorized President George W. Bush to pursue wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, in the nearly 20 years since, Presidents Obama and Trump have used this legislation to pursue military incursions in numerous other countries without explicit approval from Congress and – in many cases – out of the public eye, in virtual secrecy.  “Repeal of the outstanding AUMFs would mean that any future military engagement would need to be studied, debated and approved by Congress in a public, open way.  No president – now or in the future—could unilaterally decide behind closed doors to pursue war-making as is the case now,” Reeves adds.
At its “Peace on Tap” forum, the FCNL team will share data from the Cost of War Project at Brown University detailing the enormous burden of endless war – in dollars, lives,  moral standing and security.  Using a role-play format – envisioning a group of citizens meeting with a member of Congress – the team will make the case for repeal of the AUMF based on constitutional, pragmatic, and moral imperatives.  The forum will end with a dialogue with the audience and information on how to get involved in the AUMF repeal campaign.
The Lancaster FCNL team is under care of Lancaster Friends Meeting (Quakers).  Tom Latus, clerk of Meeting, welcomes inquiries about the April 28th forum, FCNL, and Quakers’ peace-making efforts locally and globally: / 717-381-7290.

Friends Couple Enrichment: A Spiritual Practice
Saturday, June 8, 2019       
9:30 to 4:30
Bethesda Friends Meeting
5100 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD  20814
Join other committed couples in this practice of supporting and nurturing your relationship’s health and growth.
With dialogue as our centerpiece, we will deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other, finding joy in connection. 
Sponsor:         Friends Couple Enrichment (FCE)
                         Bethesda Friends Meeting
Cost:                 $25 a couple*   (bring own lunch)
Leaders:           Joan and Rich Liversidge, FCE recognized leaders
                          Couples group from Bethesda Friends Meeting
To Register:     Call or email Tia Duer at 202-577-3488 (c)
“To ‘listen’ another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being performs for another.”
Douglas Steere

*Friends Couple Enrichment fee plus beverages/snacks
BYM Annual Session 2019
July 29-August 4
Hood College, Frederick, MD

We Friends have some precious tools and insights to help create the conditions for peace, stop the destruction of God’s natural environment, and enable the growth of a just society….” Patience A. Schenck, Answering the Call to Heal the World, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, 2017.

Our world can at times seem bleak: corrupted by injustice, division and self-interest. What does our Quaker heritage teach us of resilience and discernment in the face of discouragement? Which tools, forged in Friends’ faith and practice, will serve us best to meet today’s challenges?

We look back to our Quaker heritage, the deep roots of our faith, for inspiration. We look to history to learn from the practices that gave a few early Friends the strength to effect real change. We also acknowledge that as we celebrate exemplary Friends, our history offers cautionary episodes: dark times when Friends allowed complacency to blind them to the deep wrongs they themselves participated in. We must live with all these examples as we shape our course both individually and corporately.

How has this rich tradition flowered into tools for today? The spiritual paths of early Friends branched out, with turning points and some divergences: we seek to learn from all Friends’ practices. Let us find new uses for the tools offered by our testimonies both in our individual lives and in collective endeavors that work for our communities, nation and world. By these means we aspire to serve the challenges of this divided world.

How can our work today plant the seeds that will sustain this work through future challenges we cannot foresee? We recognize that willfulness as well as willingness may play a role in our attempts, but by acknowledging the failings that may slow our progress, we allow our faith to nurture us for the journey ahead. As we “answer that of God” in those we meet along the way, let us foster a wider use of our Quaker tools to build a future of reconciliation and connection.

  • What are the “roots” we have grown from?
  • What are the “flowers” of our faith and practice?
  • What “seeds” have we planted that will nurture us for tomorrow?
  • What tools will we need to speak to “that of God” in others?
  • What do Quakers bring to these troubled times?
Registration information:
Pendle Hill - Upcoming Events

  • 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.”
Shiloh Quaker Camp is Seeking Volunteers

Have you always wanted to learn more about our Camping Program? Would you like an opportunity to live in a Quaker community and provide much needed service to BYM’s camping program? Shiloh Quaker Camp, near Hood, VA is in need of volunteers to work and live at camp for a week to help our campers and camp staff by cooking, doing maintenance work, or medical work. You can sign up to fill one of these roles at Shiloh by going to: and selecting to register yourself, the volunteer, at the “camp” Shiloh Work Grant. The dates are weekly between June 29 – August 11. You must be 21 and over to do a work grant at camp. Your volunteer work at camp helps offset camp fees for campers in financial need! If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Jane Megginson, Camping Program Manager, BYM Camps, jane@bymcamps.orgor 717-481-4870.
BYM Interim Meetings

Yes, there are changes in places AND dates for Summer and Fall Interim Meeting Days in 2019.  Please get out your calendars and make these changes.

Summer Interim Meeting – Friends Meeting of Washington, on June 15, 2019
Fall Interim Meeting – Stony Run Friends Meeting, on November 2, 2019

The places are reversed from the original plan!  And the date for the fall is new for us – the first Saturday in November.  The date change was suggested by BYM staff, and it seemed easy enough to accommodate.
Please mark your calendars.  Thank you!


2019 promises to be another life changing summer of learning, challenges and growth. We know some campers will need help bridging the financial gap to attend. No one wants money to be the reason a child is unable to attend camp. 

This year a 2-week session will cost $1,550.00. This year we are once again inviting you to join the BYM "50 Campers in 50 Days" initiative. We will raise money to support campers who need financial assistance to attend BYM Camps this year. Our goal is $77,500.00. As of today, we have support to cover 6 campers. 

Will you support a camper for 2 weeks so they can attend BYM Quaker Camp this summer? Let’s work together to brighten the life of a child.

Join us and support BYM Campers in 2019! 

Go to and make your gift today.  Need more information, please call the BYM office at 301-774-7663 or email
Thinking About Race (April 2019) – Daveed Diggs on “Hamilton”
“Daveed thinks that seeing a black man play Jefferson or Madison or Washington when he was a kid in Oakland might have changed his life.  ‘A whole lot of things I just never thought were for me would have seemed possible,’ he says.  Even now, the show is changing him, making him feel more American.  ‘I always felt at odds with this country,’ he says  ‘You only get pulled over by the police for no reason so many times before you say, “F*** this.” ’
Don’t be too quick to count a kid out.  There are plenty of debatable lessons to be drawn from Alexander Hamilton’s life, but that one is clear.  The poor bastard orphan from the islands ought to have died a dozen times but somehow lived to help to found the nation.  As a leader of the new republic, he fought to make it easier for people like him to travel as far as their talent would take them.”
From “Hamilton – The Revolution – Being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America,”  by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, 2016, p. 197.  Daveed Diggs, actor, rapper, and singer, originated the roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton in 2015.
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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