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YFM Meeting for Worship is taking place virtually via Zoom every Sunday at 11am. After discernment at December Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business and further consideration at in-person Meeting for Worship in early December, Friends have come to Unity to suspend all activities at the Meetinghouse until further notice. Meeting for Worship will be held virtually until such time as the weather turns warmer or community spread of the coronavirus decreases to safer levels than presently seen. If you'd like to receive that Zoom link, please reply to this email. 

York Friends Christmas Eve Meeting for Worship will take place virtually on Thursday, December 24, starting at 6:45pm. A Zoom link will be emailed at the end of this week. Friends across the Warrington Quarter and beyond are invited to join us. If you're not regularly receiving YFM Zoom links and would like to, please reply to this email. 

York Friends January Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be held via Zoom, from 8:30-10:00am on Sunday, January 3, 2021. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the time, along with the agenda and supporting documents.
CHRISTMAS EVE MEETING FOR WORSHIP
Thursday, December 24, starting at 6:45pm via Zoom
Join us for a virtual Christmas Eve Meeting for Worship via Zoom, starting at 6:45pm. There will be Worship, and Friends are invited to share readings and music. If you feel led to share a reading or music, please let us know ahead of time by reaching out to Cathy Smith or replying to this email. 

Friends across the Warrington Quarter are warmly welcome to join us. The Zoom link will be sent at the end of this week. 

We look forward to seeing you virtually on Christmas Eve. 
WORKING TOWARD AN ANTI-RACIST COMMUNITY
A Monthly Discussion Group and Change Group Meeting Starting in January 

In 2019, Baltimore Yearly Meeting declared itself an anti-racist faith community. In practice, what does this mean? As a community of Friends, how do we respond to racist language that could arise in our Meetings? What do we do when we hear vocal ministry that is clearly at odds with our testimony of Equality? How do we handle micro-aggressions when we see them?



From January to May, YFM will host a series of virtual monthly discussions via Zoom that seek to act as a starting point in answering these questions. Using Dr. Amanda Kemp's book Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community as our text, each of the five sessions will be anchored with one of Dr. Kemp's "Strategies of the H.E.A.R.T." From Dr. Kemp's website: "Part memoir and part social commentary, Dr. Amanda Kemp's short book provides insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. Her voice is vulnerable and personal as she reflects on her own interracial relationship, parenting her Black teen-aged son, and making art in the age of Black Lives Matter. Her short essays leave you cheering and hopeful."

Other books used for the discussions will include Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Anti-Racist and Kazu Haga's Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to HarmThis series will take a restorative process approach, recognizing that large scale change can only start with small scale change, examining how conflict avoidance can be a barrier to creating an anti-racist community and how holding space for transformation can change that. We will also be viewing content created by New York Yearly Meeting's Committee on Conflict Transformation and the Corrymeela Community's Spirituality of Conflict online resource. 

In addition to these discussions, Friends are invited to join a change group which will also meet monthly from January to May. Across BYM, change groups are happening at local meetings with the commitment to engage in reflection and action that will help to lower existing barriers to Friends and seekers of color. Read more about change groups on BYM's website and see what other meetings are already doing.  

We'll be spending a lot of time indoors over the next several months. Let's spend some of that time together, even if it's only virtually, working toward the goal of a more welcoming and affirming community. If you're interested, please reply to this email or contact Chad Smyser by the end of December. Meeting times will be decided on pending participant availability.

"When I hold space, I adopt a mindset akin to the Sufi poet Rumi beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing. I listen with loving kindness to all parties and all parts of me. Holding space is a wide embrace of the possibility of transformation of the situation and the players inside it." - Dr. Amanda Kemp, Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community

"What's possible at the smallest scale is possible at the largest scale. Whether we are talking about interpersonal conflict within our own hearts; interpersonal conflict between two people; or large-scale global conflicts between nations; the principles, practice, and strategies that guide the transformation of conflict are the same at every scale." - 
Kazu Haga, Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm

SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE MEETING 2020
A call for personal reflection and a virtual gathering

Friends are asked to consider the queries below and submit, via email, their reflections on 2020's Spiritual State by the end of January. Please send those reflections to yorkfriendsmeeting1@gmail.com

After these thoughts are assembled, a virtual session will be scheduled in February 2021 for further discernment. 

BYM Ministry & Pastoral Care has offered the following queries:

·  How does Spirit prosper in your Meeting? How have you protected the Spirit this year?
·  What are Friends doing to support one another? How have you addressed the conflicts that have arisen this year?
·  What does spirituality mean to you and your Meeting? How does your Meeting reflect that? Has it been different or the same during 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic and discussions of racial equality, climate change, and the presidential election?

Click here to view the 2019 Spiritual State of the Meeting.
Looking for the Minutes?

If you haven't been able to attend Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, you probably haven't had access to the minutes. Please reply to this email and let us know what you'd like to read. Currently minutes are available for September, October, November and December's Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business as well as the Warrington Quarter's November gathering. 
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