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Announcements for October 1, 2021

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FMW Prayer Workshop: Rex Ambler's Experiments with Light
Saturday, November 6th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm by zoom
“Experiment with Light” is a Quaker practice which is based on early Friends’ discoveries.  Devised in 1996 by Quaker and theologian Rex Ambler, he discovered a process by which the Light can be accessed.  This workshop will teach you this process and enhance your ability to find greater inner peace in the stillness.  Please pre-register by contacting the workshop presenter:  Joseph Izzo,, cell 202-425-0496
Annual Session Program Committee Seeks Bookstore Volunteer
Love books? Pumped for Annual Session 2022? 
Program Committee has the volunteer gig for you!
Program Committee is looking for a volunteer to help a small group with organizing and running the Bookstore for Annual Sessions. If you might be interested in helping with this planning for 2022 (or would just like to learn more about what the role would entail), please contact Linda Coates at
Conscientious Objection Workshop
Selective Service System (SSS) registration for a possible draft into compulsory U.S. military service is automatic in most states when getting a state driver’s license. If the draft is reinstated, draftees could have as little as nine days to prepare a CO claim before having to go before a local draft board.
Phil Caroom of BYM Peace & Social Concerns and Annapolis Friends Peace & Social Concerns is excited to offer a Conscientious Objector Workshop for Friends ages 15-25 via Zoom on October 19th at 7pm and November 3rd at 3pm.
Part 1 on October 19th will invite realistic consideration of a) what the U.S. military's ultimate function and command systems are, b) how the U.S. Selective Service System seeks to quickly transform ordinary young people into lethal fighters, and c) how one can seek conscientious objector (CO) status and alternate service. Young Friends also will hear two adult Friends tell briefly about their own experiences seeking conscientious objector status during prior U.S. wars.
Part 2 on November 3rd will cover the practical aspects of seeking CO status, including reflecting on the three requirements for CO status, practice responding to questions a Draft Board might ask, and consideration of best ways to document belief in the Peace Testimony. 
To attend, please email Phil at 
Key Dates & Registration for Fall Interim Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 9th
Interim Meeting will be held on October 9, 2021 beginning at 1pm. This meeting will be a hybrid meeting, with Friends gathering at Sandy Spring Meetinghouse and via Zoom connection for Friends elsewhere. Committees that choose to meet in the morning in-person may do so, beginning at 10am. Lunch will be available. 
Key Dates for October Interim Meeting are as follows:
  • Monday, Sept. 27 - Agenda items due to Interim Clerk
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 - Documents due to Interim Clerk
  • Friday, Oct 1 - Agenda and documents posted online and emailed

Meg Meyer
BYM Clerk of Interim Meeting
Reinvesting in Justice
Friends Journal article by BYM Friends
We started out as a 2014 book club between Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and a neighboring, mostly African American Episcopal Church. Our catalyst was the last chapter of the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, which effectively asked readers, “What are you going to do about this problem?"
The book club’s first try was unsuccessful: we requested our local legislators to sponsor a bill called “Taskforce to Reduce Incarceration in Maryland” (TRIM). We were told there was no money in the budget for yet another taskforce. As we sorrowfully left the hearing room, other advocates from around the state approached and said, “This is a great proposal. You should form a larger group with members from around the state.”
Race Manners: Which Black People Should I Believe?
Thinking about Race (September 2021)
June 28, 2021, The New York Times
By Jené Desmond-Harris
As you know, there’s no committee that gets a consensus from the over 41 million Black people in this country and issues proclamations about the right way for white people to think about racism.
For what it’s worth, the fact that you care at all — that you value what Black people have to say and that you take seriously the idea of listening — puts you ahead of plenty of Americans who wholly disregard what Black people experience or simply want the worst for us. So, in my opinion, you’re on the right track.
And I have empathy for you because I’ve been there — wanting to do the right thing when it comes to marginalized groups to which I don’t belong, while encountering conflicting takes about what the right thing is. Is it helpful to transgender people or cringeworthy for cis people to put pronouns in our bios and email signatures? Are straight people a supportive or annoying presence at Pride? Am I honoring or alienating people if I use “Latinx” instead of “Latino”? Is “fat” a straightforward descriptor that I should use to support people who have reclaimed it, or is the pain the word still causes for some reason enough to avoid it?
I’ve had to accept that there won’t be a single clear answer and that I have to take responsibility for wherever I land on these questions. To get to a similar place, here’s what I think you should do: When you’re thinking about this, start by replacing “Black people want racism to stop playing such a big role in their lives, and I want to make sure I’m listening to the right ones so that I can feel like a good ally” with “I want racism to stop playing such a big role in all of our lives, and I’ll support things that I believe will make that happen.” You’ve heard the expression about how we need co-conspirators, not allies, right? Even if you’re not personally a victim of racism, you can — and should — still think of yourself as someone who has skin in the game.
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 first Saturday from 10:00 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.
BYM Annual Session Recordings Now Online
Hello Friends. Recordings from Annual Sessions including many of our workshops are available online. Many of our workshop leaders were pleased to be able to share the recordings of their workshops for Friends to view. The Plenary Speaker presentations and a portion of the 350th Anniversary Kick-Off are also available. Thank you to Wayne Finegar, Jason Eaby and Nate Dorr for all the hard work they did to manage the complicated tech set up and management through the week and with the follow up editing and posting of these sessions.  ~ 2021 Program Committee
Catoctin Rentals Available on AirBnB & HipCamp!
Looking for a autumnal mountain getaway? Consider Catoctin Quaker Camp!
While we are unable to offer full-camp rentals due to the reduction in administrative staff at BYM, we are excited to offer the studio at Catotcin on AirBnB year round and individual cabin campsites at Catoctin on HipCamp through the end of September. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at South Mountain this fall while supporting BYM! 
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