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  1. Friends are Invited to a Conversation wiht General Secretary Finalist Candidates
  2. Minutes of Third Month 2021 Interim Meeting are available
  3. Registration is open for Spring 2021 Spiritual Formation Retreat
  4. Help Us Get Camp Ready for Summer 2021!
  5. Educational Grants Available - Deadline is April 23!
  6. Camp Rentals Open
  7. Committees, Working Group, and Worshiping Community Happenings
    1. Video of Apportionment and Budget Meeting Available
    2. Memorial Meeting for Worship for David Zarembka
    3. Radical Spirituality: The Early History of Quakers Online Course
    4. Friends' Work in Africa: Friends Meeting of Washington Spiritual Development Program
    5. Updated Request from Indian Affairs Committee
    6. Our Diets and the Environment - Zoom presentation
    7. Friends Women's Association in Burundi Presentation
    8. April STRIDE Newsletter
    9. Updated Marriage Provisions for Faith and Practice
    10. from "me and white supremacy" -
      Thinking About Race for April 2021
    11. Jonathan Taylor Scholarship Fund Applications Being Accepted
  8. Friends Organization Happenings
    1. Early Registration for FGC Conference is Open!
    2. Collaborative Quaker Youth Ministry Conversation Circle with QREC
    3. Waterfalls and Wildflowers at Friends Wilderness Center
    4. Firefly Midsummer's Night Hike at Friends Wilderness Center
    5. Friends Committee on National Legislation Quaker Changemaker Events
  9. Events and Resources
    1. Young Friends Conferences
    2. Junior Young Friends Conferences
    3. Yearly Meeting Events
    4. Local Worshiping Community Events
    5. 2020 Yearbook and Subsequent Minutes
    6. Winter 2021 Interchange
    7. 2020 Firecircle
    8. Friends United Meeting Newsletter
    9. Friends World Committee for Consultation World Office Newsletter
    10. Quaker Voluntary Service March Newsletter
    11. Pendle Hill Events
  10. Employment Opportunities
    1. Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Seeks Meeting Coordinator
Friends are Invited to a Conversation with General Secretary Finalist Candidates
The General Secretary Search Committee is pleased to invite members of the Yearly Meeting to join open conversations with each of the three finalist candidates on May 5, 6 and 7 at noon ET. Friends will hear a brief presentation from the candidate and have the opportunity to submit questions. Friends will be invited to share feedback to the Search Committee electronically afterwards. Zoom links for each session will be sent the week of May 3. The candidates are scheduled as follows: Rashid Darden, May 5; Sarah Gillooly, May 6; Wayne Finegar, May 7.
Young Friends Conference Calendar
May 16 - 17, 2021
Location to be announced
Junior Young Friends Conference Calendar
April 30 - May 2, 2021
Location to be announced
Help Get Camp Ready for Summer 2021!
Isn’t great to be emerging from the dark, camp-less night of 2020 into the bright sunny spring of 2021! Yah Who! We are looking forward to an awesome and safe summer at the BYM camp in 2021. You can learn more about our safe summer plans at but in the mean time we have a lot to do to get ready!
We have scheduled a number of workdays to prepare for camp. These workdays will be day-long events, attendance will be limited and we will not be able to serve any meals. Please bring your own bag lunches (please do not bring food to share). We will be wearing masks when around others and practicing social distancing. Bathroom and hand washing facilities will be available. Please use the Signup Genius links below to register for workdays. Unfortunately, those who do not sign up in advance may be turned away since it is important for us to limit numbers of participants so that we do not risk spreading illness. Additional dates may be scheduled if needed.
Please use the links below to sign up and help out. There is a lot to do after over a year of dormancy at the camps so we need your help! We can’t wait to see you at camp.
Catoctin Dates – May 1st

Opequon Dates – May 8th, 19th and 29th

Shiloh Dates - April 24th, May 5th, and May 15th
We can’t wait to see you at Camp!
from “me and white supremacy”
Thinking about Race (April 2021)
“If your understanding of racism and white supremacy does not include a historical and modern-day contextual understanding of colonization, oppression, discrimination, neglect, and marginalization at the systemic level and not just the institutional level, then you are going to struggle when it comes to conversations about race. You will assume that what is being criticized is your skin color and your individual goodness as a person rather than your complicity in a system of oppression that is designed to benefit you at the expense of BIPOC in ways that you are not even aware of. This lack of understanding leads to white fragility, either by lashing out to defend your individual sense of goodness or feeling that you as an individual are being shamed for being who you are, thus leaving the conversation. This is a dangerous impediment to antiracism.”
Note: If the acronym BIPOC is new to you, it means Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
From me and white supremacy – Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad (2020), pp. 41-42.
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.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting Educational Grants Available!
The BYM Educational Grants Committee is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year from members or regular attenders of Monthly Meetings associated with BYM (or from their children). Grants may be applied to expenses associated with undergraduate attendance at accredited post-secondary educational institutions. Attendance may be either full- or parttime. Grants will be awarded based on multiple criteria, including financial need and the Committee’s assessment of an applicant’s statement of purpose and its consistency with Friends’ testimonies. Grant limits are up to $2,000 per grantee per year, for a cumulative total of $8,000. Applications will be accepted between January 1, 2021 and April 23, 2021. Award decisions will be made in May and notifications sent by early June. For further information or if you have questions, please contact the Yearly Meeting Office at 301-774-7663 or online at
Updated Marriage Provisions of Faith and Practice
The latest draft revision to the marriage provisions of Faith and Practice prepared by the Faith and Practice Committee, dated February 21, 2021, is available here. This draft is being provided to Monthly Meetings and other BYM groups for comment, and will be available in the Faith and Practice Section of the BYM website. The Faith and Practice Committee email address is
Since April 2020, two earlier drafts of this document have been sent to Monthly Meetings and other BYM groups for input, and the comments received have been faithfully incorporated. At this point in the revision process, the Faith and Practice Committee will only accept substantive comments from Monthly Meetings and other BYM groups regarding matters that would prevent approval of this section of Faith and Practice. Deadline for comments will be May 14th (before the June Interim Meeting). At Sixth Month 2021 Interim Meeting on June 12, an advance copy will be presented (in preparation for second reading at Annual Session). Any substantive issues that the Faith and Practice Committee cannot resolve on its own will be referred to the Yearly Meeting officers to determine next steps.
Indian Affairs Committee Seeks Identification Assistance
The BYM Indian Committee asks for your help in identifying the Meetings of these Quakers who served on our committee. Some have been identified, but here are the former committee members for whome we still do not have a Meeting affiliation: Jane Blythe; Cindy Gladney; Edith B. Hazelhurst; Doris Rountree Glenn; Emory Myers (State College?); Clifford Nichols; Phoebe Rahill; Ellsworth Tanner; Naomi Tanner; Florence Taylor; Cleo Way (Stony Run?); Frances Welker (Homewood?); Elizabeth Wilson; Lucy B. Winslow; Thomas P. White. Send information to Thanks to those who have responded to us already!
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