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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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  • 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 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 14-16: Pendle Hill December Conference (More information below)
  • See below for Upcoming events at Pendle Hill
  • January 19: Frederick Friends Meeting "Hold Space for Transformation" (more information below)
  • January 19:  Friends Couple Enrichment leader retreat Sandy Springs Friends Meeting (more information below)
  • January 25-27: BYM Women's Retreat (more information below)
Christmas Eve Silent Worship & Sing

The Religious Society of Friends of York will again host a peaceful candle light Christmas Eve worship service at our Meetinghouse at 135 W.  Philadelphia St.  Please join us in silent worship at 7 p.m. followed by carols and refreshments.
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.

Grow your Relationship
Friends Couple Enrichment

Saturday January 19, 2019
6:00 Potluck; 7:30 Program
Join Friends Couple Enrichment leaders during their midwinter gathering for an evening of connection for you and your partner and with other couples committed to growing their relationship with Spirit led Quaker practices. There will be opportunities for Friends who are new to Couple Enrichment and for those who have had previous experience(s). We ask that you bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner and reserve a space by contacting
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
17730 Meetinghouse Road, Sandy Spring MD 20860

BYM Change Group Training
Frederick Friends Meeting
January 19: “Hold Space for Transformation

The Growing Diverse Leadership Ad hoc 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
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Both are members of a Lancaster monthly meeting.
Each training session will be from 10 a.m. to 5 pm (with an hour lunch break).
January 19
The Hold Space for Transformation strategy helps us facilitate and participate in difficult conversations about racism without losing our voices or our cool. It’s a form of mindfulness that can be used in Meetings and in one-on-one conversations. We will practice leaning in to conversations about racism via role plays and heightened listening. 
Those who have difficulty speaking will practice finding our voices even when afraid to say the wrong thing or when intimidated by others.  Those who speak often will discover the secret to having a desired impact without shutting others down. 
We review important concepts such as: a white frame of reference, institutional racism, interpersonal racism and the limits of color blindness as a strategy to overcome racial inequities. 
Over the next six weeks we will practice what we learned. A ZOOM call will be scheduled for sharing our experiences in trying out what we learned in the first session. We are also planning a closed Facebook group or a similar online forum for change group members to share our experiences and discuss issues that arise as we do this work.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends
Warrington Quarter
Carlisle, Frederick, Gettysburg, Menallen, Pipe Creek, Shepherdstown, Warrington, York
Clerk – Chris Fowler
Recording Clerk/Treasurer- Dorothy Shumway
Friends of Warrington Quarter gathered at Shepherdstown Friends Meeting the eighteenth day of  the eleventh month of 2018 for the 923rd meeting of the Quarter.
In attendance
BYM – Ken Stockbridge/ Patapsco
Carlisle – Andy Hoover
Frederick – Chris Fowler, Betsy Tobin
Gettysburg - Margaret Stambaugh
Menallen – Dave French, Donna Kolaetis
Pipe Creek – Frank Reitemeyer
Shepherdstown – Ginny Bainbridge, Windsong Bergman, Sabrina Blair, Willa Dyche, Dick Hunnisett, Carol Marujo, Consuelo Newman, Neal Peterson, Wand Riggle, Ellen Smith, Mark Smith,Bill Telfair, Carol Telfair
Warrington – no attenders
York – Dave Fitz, Ruth Fitz, Dorothy Shumway
The Meeting opened with silent worship.
The clerk presented the agenda for the day.
WQ 11/18 # 1 Reports from Monthly Meetings
Carlisle – Andy Hoover read the report – report attached
Frederick – Betsy Tobin gave an oral report.
Frederick has moved to a phase of co-clerking and it seems to be going well. Business meetings have been conducted by Kathy Funkhouser and Betsy Tobin. When time has allowed at the end of business meetings they have had worship sharing.  The most recent of which was “Whar brought you to Friends?”
Gettysburg – Margaret Stambaugh read the report – report attached
Menallen – Dave French read the report – report attached
Pipe Creek – Frank Reitemeyer read the report – report attached
Shepherdstown – Consuelo Newman read the report – report attached
Warrington – Dorothy Shumway read the report – report attached
York – Dave Fitz read the report-  report attached
Dave French commented that 4 Friends from Menallen attended the CALM Quarter in October. They only have reports from selected Monthly Meetings at the Quarter
A suggestion was made that the Clerk, Chris Fowler, contact the clerk of CALM, Janet Lamborn, to see if we could coordinate a meeting of the Quarters.
WQ 11/18 #2 Reviewing the workshop of the Gathered Meeting at Frederick, Saturday, November 17.
            It was expressed that a letter of appreciation be sent to Steve Davidson’s Monthly Meeting and perhaps his Yearly Meeting to let them know of Steve’s work.
            A minute of thanks is given to Shepherdstown for furnishing copies of the pamphlets by Steve Davidson.
            The clerk was asked his opinion and agreed that it was a good day and a lot to think about.  It covered a lot of ground and was stimulating.
            A minute of thanks was given to Andy Hoover for taking the initiative to contact Steve Davidson.
WQ 11/18 # 3 Running a Monthly Meeting without a Clerk
            Carol Telfair talked of Shepherdstown.  We are clerkless.  How do we manage without a clerk? Everything seems to fall on the clerk and co-clerk. We would like it to work well.  It is difficult to coordinate the information in one place. 
            A Friend from Shepherdstown gave a little of the history of the meeting. We had co-clerks when we changed from being a Preparative Meeting to a Monthly Meeting.  We had an attender causing trouble in the community.  We asked him to leave the meeting.  This created a schism in the meeting. People who have been asked to be clerk have declined.  I personally do not think it is good to continue this way.  The previous 2 years piled a lot on the 2 clerks that made it difficult. We have sign-up sheets for various jobs.
            Another Friend from Shepherdstown stated that they have committees. They have always had Ministry and Counsel.  The nominating committee is unable to get anyone to be clerk. I thought it was unfortunate, but maybe it is fortunate.
            Menallen has had a period of not having a clerk.  The present clerk delegates regularly.  A problem with information coming in and being disseminated is happening.  They do not have a treasurer. They have hired a bookkeeper
            Pipe Creek has always had a clerk and a co-clerk.  It was suggested having a secretary to coordinate information might help.
            A Friend from Frederick commented:  We had a year without a clerk. The recording clerk was stable. We had a clerking workshop. We all took tasks and made sure people took responsibility.
            A Friend from Shepherdstown – maybe we can send out an email to meetings for ideas or to share experiences of what to do without a clerk.  We are looking for information.
Friend from Carlisle: I see people from Shepherdstown who would be good clerks. I wonder what stops them.
The clerk wondered if the only problem is have a clerk or is it hard getting people to volunteer.
            A Friend suggested a limit on terms. People should not feel they will hold a position forever. Some people may not want to take on specific roles. Limits on terms give attenders a chance to take on new roles.
            Sometimes the issue is to simplify and not make this so complicated.
A Friend from Menallen commented that, when asked to take on a role, it involves our head and our spirit.  It is complicated to take on a role.
            Another friend from Shepherdstown stated that she has been around for a long time and she does not know what jobs need to be done because she has not been asked.     
            We need to be more mindful of getting people involved.
            The problem is being able to pass the vision from one generation to the next.
The Clerk of the Yearly Meeting commented:
This is hardly a unique problem.  The query was How to work in a clerkless Meeting – two thoughts
I What is the quality of our Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business? Why do we do business meetings?  What happens when you have a lot of people come to worship but do not come to business meeting? How do we discern the sense of the Meeting? Bill Taber in his Pendle Hill pamphlet “The Mind of Christ” writes of 5 gut feelings on Meeting for Business.
1.         Joy at being with God
2.         Joy at being with each other
3.         Trust
4.         Assurance
5.         Excitement
II The role of nominating committee as elders are important roles in a Quaker Meeting
            Nominating calls out gifts
            Elders nurture gifts.
            How is spirit going in the Meeting?  Possibilities grow out of an affective approach in conversation.
            We need to revisit the roles of Clerk each time we look for a Clerk.
            A Friend from Frederick attended a workshop with Arthur Larrabee and learned it is important to know how to be clerked.  She shared that when she comes to Shepherdstown she feels it is deep.
            A Shepherdstown Friend: I think our Meeting is very close.  We have spiritual unity.  We have been through so much that we do not know where we are.
            A Friend from Shepherdstown stated that we have been stoic and strong and forthright. We are still suffering Perhaps we need more healing for our Meeting.
A Friend from Frederick commented that she came to Frederick Meeting in 1995 after a very rough time.  It took years to recover.  Perhaps a Meeting for Healing is needed for Shepherdstown.
A Shepherdstown Friend: He appreciates the ideas of 1)( a healing Meeting, 2) a clerking workshop and 3) pulling people together from other meetings that have gone through rough times.
            It is important to be tender with each other.
            It is important for everyone in the Meeting to hold the Meeting in the Light.
            It is suggested that people from meetings that have had problems talk to other meetings as to how they recovered. 
Pipe Creek had been around since the 1750s, so Shepherdstown is very young.
The Clerk summarized three general areas:
1) Organization and coordination
2) Passing the vision i.e. – workshops
3) Healing – process of healing when you have been through a trauma
A Friend shared of a trauma when he was at Friends Meeting of Washington. In 1983 a gay couple wanted to be married. It took 7 years of called meetings. It  was announced that the Meeting would have a Ceremony of Commitment.  I take this as a testimony to Quaker process.  Out of 650 members, only 3 could not unite.
WQ 11/18 #4 Proposal for a program from the Working Group on Right Relations with Animals from BYM to be held at Quarterly Meeting in February 2019
The Clerk read a proposal from York Meeting from Margaret Fisher to have a presentation by the Working Group on Right Relations With Animals.
A discussion was held and three meetings which had hosted the presentation stated they had a bad experience with the presentation.
It was the sense of the Meeting not to go forward with this program at Quarterly.
The Clerk will respond to Margaret Fisher.
A minute of Thanks was given to Shepherdstown Friends for hosting the Quarter.
The meeting closed with silent worship.
Friends of Warrington Meeting will meet the 3rd First Day of the 2nd Month 2019, February 17, 2019 at York Friends Meeting, if so favored
Clerk, Chris Fowler
Recording Clerk/ treasurer, Dorothy Shumway

Report to Warrington Quarterly Meeting  – Carlisle Quaker Meeting      November 18, 2018
Carlisle Quaker Meeting reports both encouraging and less encouraging events since our most recent note was submitted to the Quarter.  That was in February since we submitted no report this summer.
            -- Concerns about the quality of spoken ministry (and how to address those concerns) appear less acute than they did earlier this year.  Some breaches previously mentioned appear to have healed.  Yet these kinds of concerns continue to affect us in various ways.
-- We have begun a series of second-hour programs under the familiar heading of “Quakerism 101.”  We began with a well-attended session led by Michael Cronin, representing Baltimore Yearly Meeting.  He encouraged Friends to describe their religious backgrounds and comment on their experience Quakers.  Andy Hoover has led a session on discerning “that of God” within us.  Five other sessions are planned, each focused on some core element of Quaker faith and practice.
-- During the months of April and October, we continued to participate as a “host church” under a local program for the homeless.  During each of these months we provided overnight shelter for an average of about 25 women and children, and about 10 of our members and attenders provided personal support until “lights out” time for our guests.  All of our participants have found this service to be richly rewarding.
-- Progress toward meeting house improvements (including repair of leaks) has been painfully slow.  The main source of delay is heavy demands on the time experienced roofing contractors, a problem made worse by weather. 
-- We seem to be succeeding in improving what a business would call “back-office” functions.  For example, tax and bank filings related to our name change (in 2017) are complete.  This enabled us to issue credit cards to those members who make most of our purchases.  Using a credit card for recurring kinds of purchases (e.g., refreshments, building materials, paper supplies) simplifies record-keeping. 
-- Our Finance Committee is working on ways to facilitate giving to the Meeting, with special reference to recent changes in tax laws.
Submitted by Fred D.Baldwin, meeting clerk  (717)448-0207

Report from Gettysburg Meeting to Warrington Quarterly Meeting November 2018
Gettysburg Meeting held Meetings for Worship in good order.  Queries on Meeting for Business and Meeting for Worship were read from the 2013 draft of Faith and Practice.  We have a core of 9 people who regularly attend worship with others who attend less frequently.  We decided to experiment with having an informal spiritual discussion at the rise of Meeting on the second Sunday of the month.  We also underwrote one of our families with their foster children going to Family Camp.
In the community, we helped with the United Way “Bag the Bounty,” sorting canned goods for distribution to various soup kitchens and pantries. 
Sandy Moyer
Quarterly State of the Meeting Report
Menallen Monthly Meeting
November 2018
After infrequent Meetings for Worship with attention to Business during the summer, we returned to regular monthly meetings in September.
With ample rains this year, mold levels in the Meetinghouse have risen to unhealthy levels such that at least three participants have difficulty attending activities. When this was brought to our attention, we decided to address the issue aggressively. We have installed two HEPA air purifiers, plan to install a dehumidifier, and are looking to remediate moisture problems in the crawl space beneath the Meetinghouse and address drainage around the Meetinghouse perimeter.
To enhance security for the preschool, we have also installed a video doorbell. This device uses the Meetinghouse WiFi to allow authorized persons to view the exterior without needing to open the door. After several tries, we have installed a unit that works with the slow WiFi upload speeds on our router to provide a video response in a reasonable period of time. Dave French is already thinking of additional uses for the device.
Attendance continues to be good. For example, this First Day, we had 16 in attendance, 6 members, 8 active attenders, and 2 visitors.
We held our extended worship on 29 September, a fifth First Day, and practiced Rex Ambler's Experiment with Light. This Meeting was well attended. The next opportunity for extended worship will be on 29 December.
We anticipate holding our annual Christmas party on 23 December.
Respectfully submitted,
Dave French
11 Eleventh month 2018
Pipe Creek Monthly Meeting
455 Quaker Hill Rd
Union Bridge, Maryland
Report for the Fourth Quarter of 2018
Greetings to Friends at Warrington Quarter.  We at Pipe Creek are pleased to report that we have held Meeting for Business in good order. We have changed our reading at Worship from the Queries to the spiritual sayings of the son of one of our members who was a Buddhist.  We have found them very thoughtful. We will read the queries once a month along with his reflections
Our Meeting continues its’ several traditional functions, in particular the Union Bridge Food Pantry, where during the warmer months we contribute vegetables from our garden.  We are also contributing to the county homeless shelter as they too need all the assistance that we and others can give.
Our monthly round table discussion continues with “The book of Joy: lasting happiness in a changing world”. The story of a meeting between the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. We are trying to cover the book in only three session but after the first discussion producing much discussion I doubt we will finish in three.
Our out reach committee brought us a speaker last month.  Carol Zaru, an instructor at the local college, is a Quaker from Ramalla, Palestine. She gave us an excellent presentation on what it’s like to be a Palestinian living under the Israeli regime. It opened our eyes to the many fallacies we have been inundated with over our lives and the pressure and constrains the Palestinians must live under.
The second weekend in October we held our annual reunion/get together. It was a wonderful celebration of our community that continues to grow albeit slowly.
Our monthly schedule now is: .Meeting for Business on the first Sunday; First day school on the second Sunday; Discussion/communication group third Sunday, and the rest are open.
Frank Reitemeyer, Clerk
4th Quarterly Update from Shepherdstown Quaker Meeting ( Sept., Oct., Nov.) Presented on November 18th, 2018
This past Quarter our meeting continued to grow and expand its outreach into community and with one another. We continue with Friendly 8's dinners once per month, and have found them to be rewarding. In October, we took on the subject of examining what has changed,expanded or shifted in our Meeting since last year. It was a fruitful query and we decided to continue exploring the topic at our next dinner and perhaps at the one afterwards.
We continue our monthly Wayne Jones vigils on the 13th of every month; we have been doing this for more than 2 years.
We continue our mid-week meetings in Martinsburg on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Attendance has continued to grow.
Our weekly energy group has continued for more than three years. All members report that their relationships, both within the group and in their own lives, have been enriched by their participation, and that their health has improved and grown tremendously. The group, generally 5 persons, meets on Friday mornings.
Zakee McGill returned to tell us of his latest trip to Cuba, deepening his relationships with Quaker meetings on the Island. In preparation for his next trip to Cuba in December of this year, 10 members of Shepherdstown Friends donated funds to purchase four commercial-grade laptop computers for him to take with him to distribute among the Meetings there. These computers are presently undergoing their final checkups, to make sure that they ready for the journey,with all its hardware and programs up-to-date.
I received the following letter from our Cuba Friends, translated here from Spanish, to share with you:
Dear sister Consuelo,
 Receive our affection and gratitude for the lovely gesture that has transpired. I only ask that you receive the love of God which unites us beyond this distance.
A phrase of William Penn's comes to mind - Let us prove what love can achieve.
There are moments when words cannot express one's feelings; this is one of those. Receive our gratitude, to you and to your Meeting in West Virginia.
 We know of you from our brother Zakee. In our lives, he is a gift from God, including his interest in knowing us, visiting us and helping us. Sharing has always been in his heart; he is a fountain of love among us.
We wish to continue expanding  our relatedness, our connection in brotherhood, and,therefore, invite you to visit us whenever you wish. Though we be a long distance from one another, we may still do beautiful things together, praying for one another being among the most important of these. Receive our gratitude. May God bless you.
Peace and Love,
Odalys Hernandez
President of the Annual Meeting of Quaker Friends of Cuba
As we continue to prepare to host the Warrenton Quarterly Meeting in Shepherdstown on November 18th, at 10:00 am, the hospitality group is making sure that there is plenty of food and drink to welcome our guests before the Meeting as well as hosting the pot luck in the afternoon, with the thought of hosting guests who are coming as far away as Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. We look forward to a 3 hour presentation on "The Gathered Meeting" at Frederick Meeting on Saturday, November 17th, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, which is part of our Quarterly Meeting and we are offering free copies of the pamphlet to those who may want one, as well as lodging that evening from fellow members of our Meeting to those who are travelling to come to the  Quarterly Meeting. Many of our members have read the pamphlet of The Gathered Meeting in advance of the presentation, and several copies were purchased for our library, to be shared now and afterward. 15 copies have been made to share with those who may want one.
Several members of Shepherdstown Meeting have continued their activities in participating in subjects such as protesting the Pipeline and the Rockwool Plant which are planned to traverse Jefferson and Berkeley Counties, and in election activities to support local candidates, including Dr. Zakee McGill, who is running for the Berkeley County Commission, which oversees the funds for the County.
As we  humbly and with excited anticipation prepare to receive  Friends from neighboring states and their Meetings this coming weekend,
 may I respectfully submit  this account on the 7th day of November, 2018, from Martinsburg, West Virginia,
Consuelo Newman
Member of Shepherdstown Meeting
Warrington Monthly Meeting
Quarterly Report
Dear Friends,
All meetings for worship and business have been held in good order. Queries 9 and 10 have been read and considered, and 11 will be read and considered.  Attendance has varied, but generally has been good.
         We are upgrading our heating system.  We are replacing our two existing wood stoves with newer models.  And we are preparing for our annual Christmas Candlelight Service, which is open to the community.  The Candlelight Service this year will be at 7:00p on 12/23, and "Seasons" will be play seasonal music and carols.
Faith Basehore and/or anyone in attendance may be considered our representative.
  Sincerely,                                                                 Stan Jones, Clerk
York Friends Meeting
Quarterly Report
Eleventh Month  2018
Friends in York have been busy volunteering at Quaker camps, attending Camp Reunions, travelling with friends and family, and participating in Meeting activities as the spirit has led.
In addition to our regular monthly Open Worship Sharing, Soulful Singing, and Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, Friends participated in Religious Education topics that included Quaker Queries and Advices, “What Triggers Our Gratitude”,  Immigration, and the Nature of Service.  There has been good attendance and discussion during RE sessions. Participating Friends are blessed in receiving fulfillment from Spiritual Formation.
Our Building & Grounds Committee has hired a worker to help the Committee with extensive cutting down and clean-up of the grounds behind the Meetinghouse.  The necessary work has been completed, and we have found way fewer syringes since the clean-up.
In support of the Jewish Community, two Friends actively participated in York County’s “Vigil Against Hate”, a spiritual and moving Interfaith presentation held on the steps of City Hall in response to the Pittsburgh Tree of Life shooting.
The York History Center requested and had a meeting with YFM to bring Friends up to date on the design and building plans for their new building that is located directly to the west and north of YFM property line.  It will be quite a change to the views from every direction of the Meeting property.
Over one hundred rural York County Middle School students and their chaperones visited the Meetinghouse during a ‘York City walking field trip’ to learn about Quakers past and present.  The large group was broken down into ten groups. Intermittently, the groups visited the Meetinghouse over a period five hours.  Friends volunteered to present and also just lend their presence. The students were interested and very polite.  It was such a joy to be able to accommodate them.
Planning is underway for our Nutcrackers, Antique Ornaments and Greens Sale on December 7th and 8th .   Our continuous presence on social media has done much to increase interest and visibility of our activities within the community
We are blessed on a regular basis with visitors and new attenders who contribute much to our Meeting. 
Respectfully submitted
Sue Hunter
Presiding Clerk – York Friends Meeting
Pendle Hill - Upcoming 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.
December 29 – Screening of film recording the premiere performance of As One, a chamber opera dramatizing the emergence of Hannah as a transgender woman. The Barn7:30-9:00 pm.  Free and open to the public.
January 6 – “Women of Our World: Photojournalism with Love” an exhibit of photographs by Blair Seitz will open in the Barn Gallery with an artist’s reception and talk, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The exhibit will be on display from January 5 through April 24, 2019.  Free and open to the public.
January 7 – Money, Debt, and Liberation, a First Monday lecture by Pamela Haines, the Barn7:30-9:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Please register for attendance or for remote livestreaming.
January 13 – Poetry Coffeehouse. Join fellow poets and poetry lovers for open mic sharing with handcrafted hors d’oeuvres and coffee. Art Studio2:00 to 4:00 pm.
January 14 – “Love Knows No Borders: A Quaker Perspective” Talk by Laura Boyce, associate general secretary of American Friends Service Committee on interfaith efforts to support migrants gathered at the US border.  7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Barn.  Free and open to the public.  Register online to attend in person or by livestream.
January 18-20 – Alternatives to Violence Project Basic Workshop prepares participants to deal nonviolently with situations that provoke fight, flight, or freeze responses through experiential exercises. Friday evening through Sunday late afternoon.
January 19 – Open Studio Session. Work on your own creative project in our light-filled Art Studio1:30 to 5:30 pm.
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 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 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.
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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