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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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  • October 20: BYM Tenth Month Interim Meeting (more information below)
  • October 28: YFM Picnic following Rise of Meeting - look for sign up sheet soon *NOTE: This is a change from the original date of October 21*
  • November 2: PBS Broadcast of Dawnland (more information 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
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. 
  • October 21 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing
  • October 28 at 9:30 am: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz, Picnic at Rise of Meeting
  • November 4 at 9:00 am: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
  • November 11 at 9:30 am: Queries: "What Triggers your Gratitude?"
  • November 18 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing
  • November 25 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. 
  • October 28: 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
  • December 14-16: Pendle Hill December Conference (More information below)
  • TBD: YFM Trip to Arch Street and Bartram's Gardens
Tenth Month 2018 Interim Meeting is
Saturday, October 20
Join Friends from all parts of the Yearly Meeting as we join our hosts of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting and gather tomorrow, aturday, October 20 to conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting.
The morning events will begin at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting with Committee Clerks meeting with Marcy Seitel at 9:00. Other Friends will gather at 10:00. Committee meetings will begin at 10:30 and continue until 12:30pm. Lunch will be served untill 1:45. Friends will gather to settle into silence at 1:45 and Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will begin at 2:00pm. Dinner will follow the rise of Meeting.

Only those who have already indicated that they are staying for dinner will be able to be accomodated. Simply click here to register.
The agenda for the afternoon Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business has been updated from the version shared on 10/12. Please download the new version below.
Links for items on the Agenda are below. Not all documents are currently available but several have been added since the 12th. These items will be added to the Yearly Meeting's website as they are received. Check back to see if a missing report has been received.
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:
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,
Pendle Hill Publishes Pamphlet by Betsy Meyer
Elizabeth (Betsy) Meyer, a former Presiding Clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, has written A Practical Mysticism: How Quaker Process Opens Us to the Propmtings of the Divine. Quaker business process is a group practical mysticism that opens the worshiping body to the promptings of the Divine. At its best, all in the worshiping community—not only the clerk—understand and trust the process. This essay identifies twelve Friendly practices, aspects of Quaker process that, when faithfully adhered to, deepen our worship with attention to business and invite the work of the Divine Presence in our midst.
Betsy has been attending Quaker business meetings for over forty years. In this essay, she draws on her experience clerking her Monthly Meeting, Yearly Meeting, and many committees as well as her practice as a worshiper. Currently, Betsy is a member of Concord (New Hampshire) Meeting.
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:

Our mailing address is:
135 West Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17401

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