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At the Meetinghouse, in the York community, and in the Quaker world
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  • August 12: Open Worship Sharing
  • August 19: Warrington Quarterly Meeting at Pipe Creek 
  • August 19: Open Worship Sharing/Discussion
  • August 26: Soulful Singing
  • September 2: Meeting with a Concern for Business (9:00 am)
  • September 14-19: BYM Spiritual Formation Program Fall Retreat, Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center, Sharpsburg, MD (more information 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. 
  • August 12 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing
  • August 19 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing
  • August 26 at 9:30 am: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
  • September 2 at 9:00 am: 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. 
  • August 19: Warrington Quarterly Meeting, Pipe Creek
  • TBD: YFM Trip to Arch Street and Bartram's Gardens
Are BYM Quakers led to respond to the Unite-The-Right demonstration in D.C. on 8/12/18?

Dear DC Area Quakers, 
White supremacists plan to demonstrate in front of the White House at Lafayette Square on August 12. This is to mark the one-year anniversary of the "Unite the Right Rally" in Charlottesville, VA. In response, many DC neighbors are committed to organizing a strong public witness with the clear message that hate is not welcome here.  
In this letter, we want to lay out: 1) the white supremacist plan for August 12th and 2) how to plug into the "Quakers for Radical Equality/Love Thy Neighbor" plan being developed by several members of Friends Meeting of Washington.  
I    The White Supremacist Plan for August 12 
The day's goal of the white supremacists is to bring together members of neo-Nazi, KKK, and racist militia groups to demonstrate for "white civil rights" in front of the White House. The overall purpose appears to be advancing their cause in the national consciousness and garnering even more support from Donald Trump than he gave last year. The "Unite the Right 2" permit request and website suggests that up to 400 white supremacists (probably less) may attend their "alt-right" march from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station to Lafayette Square around 5 pm and then rally on the White House side of Lafayette Square from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For more information on their plans, you can visit their organizing website at To see a strong community response to racism and the Unite the Right 2 rally, check out this video at
II    The Proposed Quaker Plan for a Response on August 12 
We want to join with our neighbors in DC, to stand up against racism and the push to create a fascist America, and bear public witness to our deep commitment to love, justice, and equality. We feel that, as Quakers, we have a unique gift to bring to this situation—to hold a place of nonviolence and peace in the face of fear and hatred.  You have at least two different options on how to do so: 

     1.      Leave FMW at noon for Freedom Plaza: One group of Friends will head down to Freedom Plaza from FMW after the rise of meeting (out the door at 12 pm) to join the "Still Here, Still Strong: Rally Against Hate" organized by a coalition of over 20 social justice and people of color groups, including Black Lives Matter, will also be fully permitted and legal, and the planners are organizing marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture planned to show the diversity and power of united communities in the face of right wing violence and racism. They will also have a variety of speakers (including Rev. Hagler), as well as participation from members of Plymouth Congregational Church, All Souls Church, and Jewish Voice for Peace among others. This rally is from noon to 3 pm at Freedom Plaza, which is located at 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW at the corner of 14th Street,near the Federal Triangle metro stop, adjacent to Perishing Park. A basic description of the rally is at   
Look for Area Friends--they will be holding the banner saying "Quakers for Radical Equality."  Please note: this event is “family friendly.” After this event ends, if you feel led, you can walk from there over to Lafayette Square.

     2.     Go from FMW late afternoon to Lafayette Square: Most Friends will meet at FMW at 3 pm for a training on how to deal with verbal and personal attacks at demonstrations and what your rights are. Then, after a brief Meeting for Worship, we will leave around 4:30 pm from FMW, carrying the "Love Thy Neighbor Banner" and walking in worship to meet the first group of Friends at the legally permitted rally at Lafayette Square. We expect to arrive around 5 pm, just ahead of the Unite the Right folks. Because of its location, this counter-rally is more directly challenging to the white supremacy rally, but should be relatively safe, with a strong police presence between the two adjacent rallies, unlike what happened in Charlottesville last year. There will also be trained rally marshals, as police are not always respectful or protective of people engaging in dissent and protest for social justice.  

The combined group of Friends will hold banners, be a friendly presence, and engage in a public, silent meeting for worship near the "Unite the Right 2" rally, but in our legally permitted area of Lafayette Square. In this way, we hope to "hold the space"--to be a place of peace and nonviolence in the midst of fear, anger and hatred.

-- Back to Friends Meeting of Washington: The combined group of Friends will leave the park around 6:30 pm and come back to FMW to share lentil soup and debrief the day. All are welcome. 
If you would like to join us, here are the first steps to take: 
1) Sign up for action updates by contacting Barbara Briggs at or 412.417.9384; 
2) Fill out the National Lawyers Guild's A12 Emergency contact form: in case legal issues arise at Lafayette Square (unlikely, but possible) 
3) Put your best gray shirt in the wash—we hope to be wearing gray and a “Love Thy Neighbor” button (FCNL just gave us a bunch—thanks!), which should help Friends, police, and others to be able to identify us as Quakers. 
Other ways to help , even if you can't come to either (or both) Freedom Plaza and Lafayette Square): 
1. Donate money to the grassroots equality and justice coalition at 
2. Consider offering safe space, overnight stays, or loans of cars and fill out this form
We think a white supremacist rally in DC is a challenge our community can address. We hope you can find a way to help with this effort that fits your situation and leading. We also look forward to working with many of you who want to join with other Quakers for the "Quakers for Radical Equality/Love Thy Neighbor" group actions on August 12. 
If you have any questions, please contact Debby Churchman at  or 202-483-3310. Please note: This is a fluid situation. We will be sending a follow-up email with specific instructions and updated times on Thursday afternoon/Friday morning.
In Friendly Solidarity,
Debby, Barbara, Steve, Gene
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:


September 14 – 16
Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center (Sharpsburg, MD)
Spiritual Formation Program Fall Retreat

You are invited to join Friends from across Baltimore Yearly Meeting for the Fall Spiritual Formation Retreat at the beautiful Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center. To find out more about the retreat and the Spiritual Formation Program, go to the BYM website at We look forward to contemplating words of wisdom and faith, time for personal reflection, sharing with spiritual friends and growing in spiritual community with you. Registration will open July 10. Scholarships will be available.
New York Yearly Meeting’s EAQWER
Thinking about Race (Summer 2018)

European-American Quakers Working to End Racism (EAQWER) is roughly equivalent within New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM) to the Working Group on Racism (WGR) within Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The WGR attempts to keep in touch with its peer groups in other Yearly Meetings. Following is a recent statement from EAQWER:

“1. With respect to gathering the Yearly Meeting into one body, EAQWER is called to support our community to acknowledge racial divisions and to heal them. We work to remove barriers to the full participation and inclusion of Friends of Color. We labor with ourselves and all European American Friends to overcome white privilege and internalized superiority patterns, so we too may be fully gathered into the Yearly Meeting.

“2. Our working group attempts to inform and inspire our community to witness for racial justice. We study the roots of racism and its current manifestations and dynamics. We then design projects and activities to support NYYM to speak out and act against racial oppression.”
This column is prepared by the BYM Working Group on Racism (WGR) and sent to the designated liaisons at each Monthly and Preparative Meeting for publication in their newsletter or other means of dissemination. The WGR meets most months on the third Saturday from10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at various Meetings. If you would like to attend, on a regular or a drop-in basis, contact clerk David Etheridge.
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