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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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  • August 25-26: Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival (see below for volunteer opportunity)
  • 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 26 at 9:30 am: Soulful Singing with Ruth Fitz
  • September 2 at 9:00 am: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
  • September 9 at 9:30 am: Quaker Queries and Advices: 1988 BYM Faith and Practice section B11: Education.    to download a copy of the 1988 Faith and Practice
  • September 16 at 9:30 am: Open Worship Sharing/Discussion
  • September 23 at 9:30 am: Summarization of "Fit for Freedom not for Friendship"
  • September 30 at 9:30 am: Charrette: York 1970, then and now
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. 
  • September 3: Yearly Meeting Office closed
  • September 14-16: BYM Spiritual Formation Fall Retreat (more information below)
  • September 21-23: Family Camp Weekend, Shiloh Quaker Camp
  • October 7: World Quaker Day (more information below)
  • TBD: YFM Trip to Arch Street and Bartram's Gardens
Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Celebrating York's Unity through Ten Thousand Acts of Kindness has a table at the 2018 Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival.  

Saturday, August 25 9:00-5:00
Sunday, August 26 10:00-5:00

Volunteers needed for a minimum of two hours to hand out information at the table.  

Contact Maribel Burgos, Volunteer Coordinator, at 717-559-2988 or

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.
Thinking About Race – Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk
“As part of the dominant racial group in the United States, white people have generally not been either inspired or forced to question the ways that race has shaped our attitudes, beliefs, and actions.  This limits our freedom.  We don’t recognize our patterns, and therefore we are unable to decide whether or not these patterns are beneficial for our lives and relationships.  Allowing a new vision to challenge ideas developed over the course of our lives is therefore a move toward personal liberation.” (pp. 113-114)
“Let me restate more clearly, the purpose of becoming better witnesses of whiteness is not to ingratiate ourselves with people of color.  This is not about being redeemed or validated.  Instead, people need to be clear that when we can witness whiteness present in our surroundings, we let people know that we can be a part of conversations that most white people generally avoid, defend against, or deny.  We take a step forward in our individual and collective healing process by being more available for deep, honest dialogue.  We enjoy a measure of freedom previously unavailable; we choose how to relate to our whiteness.” (pp 137-138).
From Witnessing Whiteness:  The Need to Talk About Race and How To Do It, by Shelly Tochluk, 2010.  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,
Baltimore Yearly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends
Warrington Quarter
Carlisle  Frederick Gettysburg  Menallen  Pipe Creek  Shepherdstown Warrington  York 
Clerk: Chris Fowler
Recording Clerk/Treasurer: Dorothy Shumway
Friends of Warrington Quarter gathered at Pipe Creek Friends Meeting the nineteenth day of the eighth month for the 922 meeting of the Quarter.
In attendance:
Carlisle – Andy Hoover
Frederick – Chris Fowler, Helen Tasker, Betsy Tobin
Gettysburg – Margaret Stambaugh
Menallen –  Dave French, Donna Kolaetis
Pipe Creek – Patricia Gray, Kathleen Moran, Lisa Mowers, Anita Virkus
Shepherdstown – Zakee McGill, Consuelo Newman
Warrington – Faith Basehore, Barb Kitzmiller
York – Dave Fitz, Ruth Fitz, Sue Hunter, Lamar Matthew, Harry Scott. Dorothy Shumway
The Meeting opened with silent worship.
Scripture from Ezekiel was shared on the vision of a valley of dried bones that became alive with the breath of God. Where are we as Quakers in this process?
The clerk went over the agenda for today.
WQ 8/18  #1 Meeting Reports
Carlisle - - Andy Hoover gave the report verbally.  Carlisle is looking into having Quakerism 101 sessions.  The Meeting has talked with people from the Yearly Meeting Outreach Committee and have scheduled a time to meet with people from Yearly Meeting for a discussion the 3rd Sunday in September. Friends from the Quarter are welcomed to attend.
Frederick – Betsy Tobin read the report. Helen Tasker read the memorial for Brenda Bernhards Broadbent.  Report and Memorial attached.
Gettysburg – Margaret Stambaugh read the report. Report attached
Menallen – Dave French read the report – report attached
Pipe Creek – Anita Virkus read the report – report attached
Shepherdstown – Consuelo Newman read the report – report attached
Warrington – Faith Basehore read the report – report attached.
It was suggested that Warrington Meeting contact a historical organization for financial help in repairing the woodstoves in the Meetinghouse.
York – Sue Hunter read the report – report attached
WQ 8/18 # 2 Discussion about Meeting for Worship
The clerk reviewed the queries raised about Meeting for Worship at the Quarterly Meeting in May, which had been consolidated into three general topics:
1)      Worship itself
2)      The role of Ministry
3)      The role of Silence
The Meeting shared thoughts about the first topic – Worship itself and what is that about?
·         A way to practice waiting, patience, and listening
·         A spiritual way station
·         A yielding together
·         Holding the space/ the space holding us
·         Feeling the mystery/ feeling the “wonder” without having to work out answers
·         Feeling individual validation “just as I am”
·         Feeling /reinforcing a corporate spiritual core
Recognizing all the qualities above are sensed corporately and not just as individuals
The Clerk asked about after thoughts and joys and concerns. It was the sense of those present that there is a value to holding people in the Light and after thoughts.  The key is how to make the transition from Worship to a different activity.
The suggestion was made that perhaps a Meeting could offer cares and concerns at the beginning of Meeting for Worship.
It was also expressed that sharing after thoughts transforms the Worship into the living world -giving a way to take the sense of Worship into the day to day.
After a brief break, it was the sense of the Meeting that we postpone the other two topics – The role of Ministry, and the role of Silence to a later meeting of the Quarter.
It is important that we decide what we are going to do with Steve Davidson and what to do at the November meeting in Shepherdstown.
The proposed workshop with Steve Davidson (author of the Pendle Hill pamphlet The Gathered Meeting) was discussed.
Because he wanted to do a two to three hour workshop, the idea had been to hold it on the Saturday before our November gathering rather than as part of the business meeting on Sunday.  The question was whether to hold the Saturday workshop at Shepherdstown Meeting, or to hold it at Frederick.
Expressions of gratitude acknowledging the generosity of Shepherdstown were made.  It was the sense of those present to hold the workshop at Frederick Friends Meeting on Saturday, November 17, 2018.  Quarterly Meeting would convene on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at Shepherdstown.
A Minute of appreciation was given to Pipe Creek Friends Meeting for hosting the Quarter.
The Meeting closed with silent worship.
Friends of Warrington Meeting will meet the 3rd First Day of the 11th Month of 2018, November 18, 2018 at Shepherdstown Friends Meeting, if so favored
Clerk, Chris Fowler
Recording Clerk/ treasurer, Dorothy Shumway
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:

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135 West Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17401

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