* The next Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be on Sunday, October 3 at 9:00am.
Making Friendly Connections: Catching up with Members & Attenders
Sunday, September 12 @ 12:30
Join us after Meeting for Worship on Sunday, September 12 to help make some Quaker phone calls. We're going through our Members & Attenders list to see how folks are doing, especially the ones we haven't seen for awhile. The pandemic seems to have scattered our community in different directions, and we look forward to catching up.
All are welcome - bring your cell phone and your mask!
Adopting the BYM Declaration as an Antiracist Faith Community
Sunday, September 26 at 9:30am
Vanessa Julye, co-author of Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice discusses overcoming racism in the Religious Society of Friends
York Friends came to unity on considering applying the BYM Declaration to its own decision-making processes. We will continue to discern how this might take shape at a 9:30 session on Sunday, September 26. Here are some resources to consider in preparation for that session.
* Watch the QuakerSpeak video(above) of Vanessa Julye discussing overcoming racism in the Religious Society of Friends.
* Click here to read the BYM Antiracist Declaration.
* Click here to review a powerpoint put together by the BYM Growing Diverse Leadership Committee.
* Click here to read a summary of how the Declaration might be translated into tangible action steps.
* And finally, click hereto read how other meetings are doing the work of antiracism.
Save the Date: Fall Clean-up Day is Saturday, October 30
Fall work day at York Friends Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 30 (rain date, November 6) from 9 AM to 12 noon. Most of the chores are outdoors, including trimming dead branches from trees, cleaning up the gardens, and other miscellaneous tasks. Please bring gloves, lawn rakes, garden shears, and lots of positive energy. Bring your own beverages and snacks. Mask wearing and social distancing will be observed.
Questions? Email the Meeting at email@example.com
Hope to see you then!
News from Baltimore Yearly Meeting
* Annual Session speakers and workshops are available to view online. Click here to access talks by Lauren Brownlee, Carl Magruder, and the 350th/100th Anniversary Committee. Many of the workshops are available to view online - scroll down on the Speakers and Presentations page to access them.
* The Fall Spiritual Formation retreat is scheduled for September 17 and 18. It will be held virtually. Click here for more information and to register.
* Fall Interim Meeting is on Saturday, October 9. It will be a hybrid meeting, held virtually and in-person at Sandy Springs. Click here to register.
Detail from "Map of Meetings comprising Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends
by Levi K. Brown," ca.1850.
Queries, Advices & Voices for September
Caring for One Another
(from 2013 Faith & Practice Resource Document, pp 62-65)
In what ways do I show respect for that of God in every person?
Do I reach out with spiritual and practical care to those with special needs?
Am I comfortable making my own needs known to my Meeting?
How do we share in the diverse joys and transitions in each other's lives?
Do you consider the needs of grandparents and older members of the family circle?
Our Meetings are strongest when Friends are concerned about the welfare of every member of the Meeting community. While we need to guard against prying or invasion of privacy, it is nevertheless essential that Meetings be aware of the spiritual and material needs of members of the community and express caring concern in appropriate ways. To this end, we are to live affectionately as friends, entering with sympathy into the joys and sorrows of one another’s lives.
As we are willing to offer help, so we need to be willing to make our needs known and to accept help. In bereavement, we need to give ourselves time to grieve. When others mourn, we need to let our love embrace them with the simple things of life: praying together, talking, planning meals, caring for children, and otherwise being of comfort. In offering pastoral care, it is not necessary to find the right words; it is important to be present.
Just as we do not leave pastoral care to a pastor, so we may not leave this most essential function to a committee alone. It is important to recognize when it may be appropriate to reach within or beyond the Quaker community to involve persons with special expertise.
"When the members of a fellowship know one another, care for one another, visit one another in their homes, consult with one another, hold one another up in the silence and feel responsibility before God for one another, then when they meet together for worship they are truly open as a corporate group for the deepest working of the Spirit." -Douglas Steere, 1940
"Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness, and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another - and helping one another up with a tender hand, if there has been any slip or fall." -Isaac Penington, 1667
"Those who go forth ministering to the wants and necessities of their fellow beings experience a rich return, their souls being as a watered garden, and as a spring that faileth not." -Lucretia Mott, 1850
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