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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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  • November 2: PBS Broadcast of Dawnland (more information below)
  • November 18: Warrington Quarterly Meeting at Shepherdstown Train Station (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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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)
  • See below for November and December events at Pendle Hill
York County Vigil Against Hate – Opening message 10/29/2018
Our hearts are shattered and we are numb; the tears ebb and flow.  Our grief is immeasurable.  We are in mourning.
The Quakers use an expression:
“I’ll Hold You in the Light”
We say this often when praying for someone or for a certain situation. 
Quaker spirituality describes the Light as the ever-loving, comforting, mystical presence of God.  To
‘Hold in the Light’ is to see that person or situation being lifted before God, praying and longing for a healing power to transform.
Rabbi Astrachan, the Quaker Community of York is holding in the Light you and your faith community, the Tree of Life Synagogue Victims, their families, and Jewish congregations everywhere as you cope with this horrific tragedy.
In the words of George Fox:
“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of Light and Love which flowed over the darkness.”
As peacemakers, Quakers hold that attitudes of justice and compassion are basic.  By lighting a candle in our own hearts, we can overcome the darkness together.
Susan Hunter
Presiding Clerk
York Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Warrington Quarterly Meeting
November 18, 2018

We at Shepherdstown Meeting are very much looking forward to hosting the Warrington Quarterly Meeting at the Shepherdstown Train Station on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

As you know, the program for this group will be a talk and discussion of "The Gathered Meeting" by Steven Davidson.  This part of the weekend's activities will be held at the Frederick Meeting from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Frederick is about 45 minutes from Shepherdstown.  We are pleased to invite any Quarterly Meeting attendees to follow us home to Shepherdstown on Saturday afternoon, spend the night here and attend our Meeting for Worship, lunch, and the Quarterly Meeting on Sunday.  We have several Friends who offer hospitality for anyone not wishing to return home on Saturday and then venture out again to Shepherdstown on Sunday!  Please do join us for the night!  

On Saturday evening, there will be a very informal supper at Bill and Carole Telfair's home in Shepherdstown for anyone staying the night. 

Please inform your members and attendees of this invitation.  Anyone wishing accommodation on Saturday night should contact me (Carole Telfair) at

Again, we look forward to seeing you for a Fall gathering of Warrington Quarterly Meeting in Shepherdstown!

With Peace and Light,

Carole Telfair, for Shepherdstown Meeting
Pendle Hill - November and December Events
Nov. 3 – Open Art Studio Session with Jesse White to help guide self-directed projects, 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
Nov. 4 – Poetry Coffeehouse.  Open mic format. Bring poetry to share, or just come to listen. 2 to 4 pm.  Art Studio.
Nov. 4-8 – A Workshop for Women Writers of Color, a short course with Melchor Hall.
Nov. 5 – “How Direct Action Campaigns Serve Personal and Social Liberation,” First Monday lecture with George Lakey, 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Barn. Free and open to the public. Livestreaming for those who register, and recorded for later viewing on YouTube, Pendle Hill USA.
Nov. 9-11 – First retreat of four-part series of seasonal retreats based on the work of Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal®, Journey Toward Wholeness, facilitated by Valerie Brown and John Baird.  Still spaces available in this year’s cohort, and financial aid is available.
Nov. 10 – Bringing the Shadow to Light, a one-day Arts and Spirituality workshop with Arla Patch creating a shadow portrait with cast shadow and pastels, 9:30 am to 4 pm.
Nov. 16-18 – Clerking: Serving the Community with Joy and Confidence, Steve Mohlke joins Arthur Larrabee in a weekend workshop to develop and hone clerking practices among new, upcoming, and experienced clerks.
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.
For a longer view, see our 2018-19 Pendle Hill Program Brochureour Fall 2018-Winter 2019 Arts & Spirituality Program Brochureor visit our Calendar of Pendle Hill ProgramsAlso, you can subscribe to our monthly E-Newsletter.
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,
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