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At the Meetinghouse, in the York community, and in the Quaker world
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  • April 20, 8:00-2:00 p.m. York Friends Meeting Green Elephant Sale
  • April 27: YWCA Race Against Racism
  • May 3-6, Caln Quarter Annual Gathering of Friends (more info below)
  • May 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. 250th Anniversary of Warrington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse (more info below)
  • See below for upcoming events at Pendle Hill

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  • Sunday, April 14 9:30 a.m. YFM Called Meeting 
  • Sunday, April 28 9:30 a.m. Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
  • Sunday, May 5 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. 


Join us for our annual Green Elephant Sale held at the Meetinghouse.  We welcome all donations prior to the Sale.  Please make sure that pricing is labeled on your items and pick up any leftover items when the Sale is over.

We are also looking for volunteers!  If you are interested in helping, there is a sign-up sheet in the Meetinghouse, or email

Caln Quarter Annual Gathering of Friends
Love is the way: Where will it lead?
May 3-5, 2019
Camp Swatara, Bethel PA

This year’s theme is "Love is the way: Where will it lead?" Marcelle Martin, our 2019 plenary speaker and workshop leader, will guide our learning about supporting each other on our spiritual journey through a variety of means including storytelling, discussion, and guided experience. Marcelle is the author of Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey which explores the “transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within and allowed it to be their guide.” The weekend offers workshops and activities designed for all ages, please see the activity schedule for more details. The weekend will include yoga, hiking, art, music, dance and Worship- and of course the annual Intergenerational Talent show on Saturday evening. New this year we invite all to bring a poster display of programs or activities that your meeting or committees are working on. Our hope is to foster communication and collaboration between Meetings on projects that are of interest to many. This is planned for Saturday afternoon. Beyond these offerings, there are a variety of programs for children and young adults. Middle School and Young Friends’ programs are coordinated by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff and open to all PYM youth. Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35ish) who wish to share a cabin can indicate their preference on the registration form. Friends will gather for Meeting for Worship followed by the Caln Quarter’s Meeting for Worship with attention to Business on Saturday and will also have the opportunity to worship as a gathered community on First Day. Lodging is available in cabins, heated lodges, and a hotel-type lodge. Four bunk-style lodges have bathroom and shower facilities; we will offer same-sex cabins, if requested. Meals are buffet style with a vegetarian option at each meal. Please join us for this delightful weekend with our Quaker community. Relax, learn, play, and chat with Friends of all ages; take home new ideas, friendships and lots of memories.

Register online or by mail through April 19, 2019

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

Pendle Hill - Upcoming Events

April 13 – Art that Liberates.  Screening of the film Pull of Gravity followed by brief presentations by, and panel discussion with leaders of arts organizations serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, in the Barn, 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
April 20 – The Art Studio opens for creative play, 1:30 to 5:30 pm, in Open Studio Session with Jesse White on hand to help you get started on your self-directed project.
April 22 – “Peace/Nonviolence,” second lecture by Sarah Ruden in the series “Three Great Themes of the Bible,” in the Barn, 7:30-9:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Registration requested.
April 26-28 - Mindful Mark-Making: Abstract Drawing as Meditation, a weekend of quiet creativity with pen and ink facilitated by Sadelle Wiltshire and Ann Coakley.
  • 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.”

Saturday, April 27th 
YWCA York Race Against Racism

Join us for our 13th Annual Race Against Racism with a theme of “ONE RACE ONE HEART” presented by Martin Foot and Ankle! This event is a 5K run, race, walk or stroll through the streets of downtown York starting at 9AM on Saturday, April 27th. Splash of color is optional, but so much fun! Volunteers and cheerleaders are also welcome. Click here to register.

Each year our community comes together in solidarity for equality, inclusion and justice for all our citizens. Proceeds support YWCA York’s mission of advancing racial justice in York County. Individual participants and teams are welcome! Fees are nonrefundable.

This year’s Race Against Racism will feature:
          -Color Splash (optional)
          -5K Walk/Run (Timed or Untimed)
          -Kids Fun Run

Cash prizes for chip-timed runners:
         -1st Place: $250
         -2nd Place: $125
         -3rd Place: $50
         -Trophy awarded to Top Team

Event Schedule:

Thursday, April 25
11:00AM-8PM: Pre-Race Bag Pick-Up at YWCA

Friday, April 26
8:00AM-6:00PM: Pre-Race Bag Pick-Up at YWCA

Saturday, April 27
7:30-8:45AM: Day-Of Registration & Pick-Up
8:00-8:30AM: Music & Performance by the YWCA York’s Temple Guard Drill Team
8:30-8:50AM: Kids Fun Run
8:50-8:55AM: Splash of Color (optional)
9:00AM: Race Begins

Click here to register!

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,

Floyd Friends Meeting

Update on Our Work on Inclusion and Anti-Racism

We have been encouraged to share an update with the BYM Working Group on Racism regarding our work on inclusion and anti-racism.  Our last report covered our participation in (and encouragement of other white participation in) the Rainbow Tea at Mt. Zion Christian Church (one of two African American churches in Floyd County) as a positive way to protest a motorcycle ride by Confederate Nation from Bedford to Floyd, as well as the first Martin Luther King Day celebration in Floyd County.

These were the first events that we know of that consciously brought black and white residents together.  We believe that the essential element in making this work was the early participation of white people who already had a relationship with the black community; in our case this was with churches.  In other areas the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, or some predominantly black organization could also be the entry point to working with the black community as long as the white individuals making the overture are known to have a sincere interest and commonality.

The Rainbow Tea and the first Martin Luther King Day celebration led to two other activities in which members of Floyd Friends participated but were not the organizers.  During the spring semester in 2018, Springhouse Community School, a local independent school, arranged for its students to participate in two discussion sessions at Mt. Zion Christian Church, and the general public was invited.  The program was called “Courageous Conversations” and invited members of Mt. Zion and other black people in attendance to describe for the students what it is like to be black in Floyd County.  In late summer, Mt. Zion, Floyd Presbyterian, and Springhouse jointly sponsored a day of fellowship called “Unity in the Community” which took place on a Saturday at Mt. Zion followed by a youth-led service Sunday morning at Floyd Presbyterian.  Floyd Presbyterian has also hosted two other small events for the youth of both congregations.

We take these events as signs that the effort to build relationships across racial lines is taking on a life of its own.   

In early summer of 2018 Little River Missionary and Floyd Friends organized a program called “Quit Quitting”.  The theme was selected by the pastor of Little River Missionary, who wanted attenders to share stories of perseverance.  The program was hosted by that church, and the church hall was packed.

The second Martin Luther King Day celebration was held in January 2019, and the organizers expected a larger attendance so the event was moved from the public library to the auditorium and cafeteria at Floyd High School.  We were delighted that this year’s event drew three times the number of the 2018 event, about 150 compared to 50 last year, and again approximately 50-50 black and white attendees.

The Little River Missionary Baptist pastor picked the speaker, and members of the black churches had leadership roles in the event, as emcee, leader of the invocation, and song leader of the Black National Anthem.  This made the black community more visible in leadership roles than is the norm in our area.  We see this as a positive development.

The member of Floyd Friends who was the initiator of white involvement in the original event (the Rainbow Tea) and who has worked on many of the subsequent events began to feel drained by the effort and asked to be replaced.  Another member of Floyd Friends agreed to take her place, and the other individual (a white attender at Little River Missionary) who has also helped organize many of the events agreed to continue in a leadership role now that she knows she will have help.  She is the primary link to the black churches in Floyd County.

We hope to have another event this summer sponsored by Floyd Friends and Little River Missionary Baptist.  We want to continue to create the opportunity for members of both races, who rarely spend time in each other’s company outside of the public school, to get to know each other and build the kind of relationships that permit honest discussions about race.  We also hope that the Martin Luther King Day celebration will become an annual event co-sponsored by all the stake holders of the previous bi-racial community events.

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York, PA 17401

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