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  1. BYM Seeking General Secretary
  2. Third Month 2021 Interim Meeting is on March 6
  3. Workshop Proposals for Annual Session 2021 Are Being Accepted Now!
  4. Educational Grants Available
  5. Miles White Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
  6. Grants for Educational Organizations Available
  7. Committees, Working Group, and Worshiping Community Happenings
  • Friends Organization Happenings
  • Events and Resources
  • Employment Opportunities
  • General Secretary (Chief Executive)
    Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (BYM) is seeking a General Secretary. This executive position provides spirit-led, strategic leadership to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The charge includes planning, supervising staff, raising funds, and monitoring programs, finances, and property.
    The General Secretary works to strengthen a culture of consultation, accountability, outreach, and inclusion, in keeping with BYM’s commitment to be an antiracist faith community.
    The successful candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to the Quaker beliefs and practices that guide the work of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, demonstrate success working within an organization that includes committee decision-making and consultative processes, and at least five years of experience with staff supervision, fiscal oversight, and program administration. The role requires excellent interpersona skills, and evening and weekend meetings and events.
    The Baltimore Yearly Meeting office is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Once it is safe to do so, we anticipate the General Secretary returning to the office on a full-time basis.
    BYM is striving to ensure that its leadership and staff reflect the full diversity of our region. People of all genders and ethnicities, especially people of color and women, are encouraged to apply.
    To apply: interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the Search Committee at bym.gs.search@gmail.com. Please use the subject line “General Secretary Candidate” and include both cover letter and resume as attachments with your name in the file names. Deadline to apply has been extended to February 28, 2021.
    Baltimore Yearly Meeting is Hiring Catoctin Quaker Camp Caretaker!
    Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is seeking applicants to fill the position of Caretaker at Catoctin Quaker Camp in Thurmont, MD.The Caretaker is the onsite arm of the Camp Property Management Committee (CPMC). He or she provides a year-round presence at the camp, cares for the facility, and makes it ready for summer camp and for the groups who rent the facilities in spring and fall. The Caretaker should be an individual who enjoys living in a remote area and who is willing to work within the Friends process of decision-making. The caretaker should be a self-starter who enjoys initiating projects in consultation with a committee and the Camp Property Manager (CPM).
    General Secretary Search Committee Update
    The General Secretary Search Committee has met three times thus far, and welcomes Ted Heck (Richmond) as our 7th member. Though we experienced some delays due to the holidays, the position has been posted online in various Quaker and non-Quaker sites, via other Yearly Meetings and Quaker organizations, and David Etheridge arranged to have the job announced on a DC-area gospel radio show! The deadline to apply has been extended to February 28th.
    We developed a scoring rubric to apply to reduce bias in evaluating candidates (you can read more about hiring rubrics here) and are presently mapping out our interview process. BYM Friends can help us by continuing to share the job opportunity with individuals who might be a good fit and holding the committee in the Light as we do our work.
    Workshop Proposals for Annual Session 2021 are being accepted now!
    It may seem early to be thinking about an August workshop, but we need time to review proposals with Program Committee at our March 8 meeting, as well as get a copy for inclusion in the Interchange.
    The theme statement for this year's sessions is: Seeking Wholeness: Knowing our Shadow and Our Light. We welcome workshop proposals addressing this theme, or on other timely topics of general interest to Friends. If you or someone you know would be interested in presenting a workshop this year:
    Please submit your proposal online at: www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/workshopprop.html
    Note that you should receive a confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do NOT get a confirmation, please email workshops@bym-rsf.org. Also please restrict the description to 50 words or less. Workshop titles are limited to 13 words.
    From Zadie Smith’s Intimations
    Thinking about Race (February 2021)
    Published in 2020, Intimations contains reflections “on what has happened—and what should come next.”
    “6. Darren
    “That prejudice is most dangerous not when it resides in individual hearts and minds but when it is preserved in systems. For example: an educational system that proves unable to see a boy as a child, seeing him only as a potential threat. That any child who enters such a prejudiced system will be in grave danger. Be he ever so beautiful and talented, inspired and inspirational, loving and love—he can still be broken.”
    The endpage of the book states:
    All the author’s royalties will go to charity.
    This edition benefits:
    The Equal Justice Initiative

    The COVID-19
    Emergency Relief Fund
    for New York
    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 www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/committees/edloan.
    Quaker Voluntary Service is rediscovering and reclaiming the living tradition of Quaker service for our time, offering new models built on enduring truths. As work camps and other similar experiences did for previous generations of Friends, QVS offers the opportunity to orient young adults to whole lives committed to service and justice, grounded and sustained by their faith.
    We are eager to share the QVS experience with more young adults, and excited to announce that applications for the 2021-2022 fellowship year are now open! We need your help to spread the word.
    Young Friends Conference Calendar
    February 26 - 28, 2021
    Virtual Event

    April 16 - 18, 2021
    Gunpowder Friends Meeting (if possible)

    May 28 - 30, 2021
    Location to be announced
    Junior Young Friends Conference Calendar
    March 13 - 14, 2021
    Location to be announced

    April 30 - May 2, 2021
    Location to be announced
     
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