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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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  • Saturday, July 26 10:00-3:00: Colonial York Day, Colonial Complex, Downtown York (more information below)
  • Sunday, July 29, 9:30:  Open Worship Sharing/Discussion
  • July 30-August 5: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session (more information below)
  • August 3, 5:00: Quaker Crafters at the Meeting House
  • August 5: Quaker Queries and Advices
  • August 12: Open Worship Sharing
  • August 19: Warrington Quarterly Meeting at Pipe Creek 
  • August 19: Open Worship Sharing/Discussion
  • August 26: Soulful Singing
  • 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. 
  • July 29 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing // Worship sharing can focus on a particular query, personal concern or leading and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. Here we seek to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.”
  • August 5 at 9:30 am: Quaker Queries and Advices- 1988 BYM Faith and Practice section B7 *  ‘Caring for Others’
  • 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
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. 
  • July 30 - August 5: BYM Annual Session; scroll down for more information
  • August 19: Warrington Quarterly Meeting, Pipe Creek
  • TBD: YFM Trip to Arch Street and Bartram's Gardens
July 26 10:00 - 3:00
Colonial Complex, Downtown York




This year’s theme, “A Beginning, A Brawl, and A Baron”, features living history at its wildest. The election of York County’s first public official in 1750 ended in a riot between German and Irish settlers. Cast your vote for a candidate (if you can), and witness a reenactment of how that Election Day unfolded, as it is told in several York County histories. Curious if the story is true? Satisfy your curiosity at our “Behind the Scenes” station to discover the sources that support or debunk parts of the story. Engage reenactors, demonstrators, and living historians, as they bring the 18th century to modern York.  Our “This is Home” family activity area will feature a log footprint the size of what a typical home would be, furnished with a rope bed that can be strung and a mattress sack ready to be stuffed with straw and laid on. “Chores” and games round out the activities.  Meet Baron Von Steuben, the man  credited with professionalizing the Continental Army, and see (and hear) mortar demonstrations. 

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM -First Capital Fife and Drum performance

10:30 AM – Mortar Demonstration by Stephan Bradley, Lancaster Flying Camp

11:00 AM -Meet Baron Von Steuben, portrayed by Mark Hagenbuch

11:30 AM- “The Election Brawl of 1750”, a 20 minute live illustration of how York’s first election day unfolded.

12:30 PM- Mortar Demonstration by Stephan Bradley, Lancaster Flying Camp

1:00 PM- Meet Baron Von Steuben, portrayed by Mark Hagenbuch

1:30 PM – “The Election Brawl of 1750”, a 20 minute live illustration of how York’s first election day unfolded.

2:00 PM- 18th Century Law and Justice: A talk given by York County judge, Honorable Gregory M. Snyder, in the Colonial Courthouse.

2:30 PM – Mortar Demonstration by Stephan Bradley, Lancaster Flying Camp

3:00 PM- Closing Ceremony…Amid huzzahs and hisses.

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:

July 30 - August 5


"It is a powerful discipline for the “listener” to try to listen without agenda, ... abandoning the need or desire to appear knowledgeable, wise or comforting. There may be no more tellingly difficult spiritual practice than the effort to receive what is being said by someone else hospitably, without editing, without correction, without unsolicited advice. Yet it is this open listening that makes room for the Spirit of God to be present ..." --Patricia Loring, 1997

In times of crisis and discord, human instinct urges us to curl inward, to retreat into the familiar. Yet our faith tradition calls on us at precisely these moments to stand still in the Light, to open ourselves; for we know that without opening, rifts deepen and become fixed. At such times being rooted in love helps us surrender our defensive posture and step outward in an act of radical listening. Paul Tillich (Justice Power and Love) said, “In order to know what is just in a person-to-person encounter, love listens. It is its first task to listen.”

Listening deeply and unflinchingly to the spirit within, and in each other, can unlock a revolutionary love and uncover unexpected possibilities. Listening deeply to those who experience systemic injustice, as well as to those whose values seem antithetical to our own, can crack open our comfortable assumptions. Listening deeply to ourselves allows us to examine our biases, our fallibility, our own complicity, and to accept our own humanity. From this humble position, we can ready our hearts and ears to truly listen to another—to “lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear” (Mark Nepo). When we open to the humanity of a speaker, friend, or stranger, then we can see the other in us.

  • What makes me reluctant to open to the other and listen?
  • To what extent do I open myself to the risks of listening?
  • How have I been changed by deeply listening to another?
  • How does my own perception affect the way I understand what others say?
  • How has loving and listening opened me to living my faith joyfully?
More information and registration info here

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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