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Announcements, News, and Events


(newly added items are in bold)
  1. Reminder from the General Secretary Search Committee
  2. Registration is open for Spring 2021 Spiritual Formation Retreat
  3. Help Us Get Camp Ready for Summer 2021!
  4. Rent a Campsite at Catoctin!
  5. Committees, Working Group, and Worshiping Community Happenings
    1. Friends' Work in Africa: Friends Meeting of Washington Spiritual Development Program
    2. Updated Request from Indian Affairs Committee
    3. Our Diets and the Environment - Zoom presentation
    4. Friends Women's Association in Burundi Presentation
    5. April STRIDE Newsletter
    6. Updated Marriage Provisions for Faith and Practice
    7. Ibram X. Kendi on “not racist” -
      Thinking About Race for April 2021
    8. Jonathan Taylor Scholarship Fund Applications Being Accepted
  6. Friends Organization Happenings
    1. Friends World Committee for Consultation Reopening Applications for General Secretary
    2. Soldiers Without Guns: Film Screening and Discussion
    3. Waterfalls and Wildflowers at Friends Wilderness Center
    4. Firefly Midsummer's Night Hike at Friends Wilderness Center
  7. Events and Resources
    1. Video of Apportionment and Budget Meeting Available
    2. Young Friends Conferences
    3. Junior Young Friends Conferences
    4. Yearly Meeting Events
    5. Local Worshiping Community Events
    6. 2020 Yearbook and Subsequent Minutes
    7. Winter 2021 Interchange
    8. 2020 Firecircle
    9. Friends United Meeting Newsletter
    10. Friends World Committee for Consultation World Office Newsletter
    11. Quaker Voluntary Service March Newsletter
    12. Pendle Hill Events
  8. Employment Opportunities
    1. Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Seeks Meeting Coordinator
    2. Friends Journal Hiring Volunteer Book Review Editor
Reminder from the General Secretary Search Committee
Friends are invited to a conversation with each of the three finalists for the position of BYM General Secretary at noon ET on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. All relevant details as well as a bio sketch for each candidate can be found in the document at this link:
The General Secretary Search Committee looks forward to introducing members of the Yearly Meeting to these three excellent finalists.
Young Friends Conference Calendar
May 15 - 16, 2021
Location to be announced
Help Get Camp Ready for Summer 2021!
Isn’t it great to be emerging from the dark, camp-less night of 2020 into the bright sunny spring of 2021! Yahoo! 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.
Opequon Dates – May 8th, 19th and 29th

Shiloh Dates - May 5th and May 15th
We can’t wait to see you at Camp!
Rent a Campsite at Catoctin!
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were not able to host any Family Camp Weekends at the camps this spring but that does not mean we are without opportunities to enjoy the wonder and beauty of our camp properties this spring. We are making 8 campsites available at Catoctin this spring. We will be listing the campsites on HipCamp, a website that will help us streamline registration, payments and make the campsites available on the internet similar to the way AirBnB makes homes available to those who are looking for places to stay. To reserve a campsite at Catoctin you can just go to and search for campsites near Thurmont MD and look for cabins at Catoctin. They will be listed as “Elizabeth’s Cabin (#5) at Catoctin,” or “Tom’s Cabin (#14) at Catoctin,” etc. all named after Friends from Quaker history.
Cabins will be rented for $75.00/night with a 2 night minimum. There will be a 5% discount for Sunday through Thursday nights. Guests will be allowed to have up to 8 people in each cabin. We will try to have firewood and ice available for campers to use and pay for on the honor system.
The Catoctin Campground is open for rentals starting now. If you have questions after visiting HipCamp please email
We can’t wait to see you at camp!
Peace to you all,
David Hunter,
Camp Property Manager

p.s. The Studio at Catoctin (also known as the Infirmary) is currently available for rental. It can be found on by searching for listings near Thurmont MD
Ibram X. Kendi on “not racist”
Thinking about Race (May 2021)
What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality. “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “antiracist.” What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an antiracist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an antiracist. One either allows racial inequalities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.…[The] only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.
From How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, p. 9
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.
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; Edith B. Hazelhurst; Doris Rountree Glenn; 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 whom have responded to us already!
Consider Joining or Sponsoring a Walker for the Friends House Walk and Roll to Benefit the Residents Fund
On May 15, 2021, at 10:00am, Friends House Retirement Community, Inc. will host our first Walk and Roll event. Our “Walk and Roll” will be held on the Friends House campus grounds. There will be 3 paths, each designed for the participant’s comfort zone. Two paths will be on the campus. The third is a trail walk through the woods. The funds raised will benefit the Residents Fund which is used for food assistance, transportation and unforeseen bills of some of the residents.
You can sign up to walk at this link:
You can sign up to sponsor someone else at this link:
Call Anne Derby at 301-924-7510 with questions. Food and Drinks will be available. Families are encouraged to walk together.
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