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Baltimore Yearly Meeting
The Outreach Subcommittee of BYM’s 350th Anniversary Ad Hoc Committee needs your help! This landmark occasion is a great opportunity to tell the wider non-Quaker community that Friends still exist, that we are still active, and that we are deeply engaged as a faith community in today’s world. As part of that wider outreach, we are putting together a number of presentations to offer to a variety of organizations, such as historical societies, service groups, libraries, civil rights organizations, and other faith communities. We plan to tell the full story of our history – where we struggled as well as where we shone. Suggested topics include our history; our Quaker witness; Quakerism as a faith path; Friends, abolition, and civil rights; and Friends and the Civil War. Other suggestions are welcome!
To help us get this off the ground, we are seeking Friends who:
  1. Have already developed a presentation about any aspect of our faith, history, or witness that they can share with us.
  2. Have specific expertise regarding Quaker faith, history, or witness and would be willing to be a resource as we develop our presentations.
  3. Have great PowerPoint skills and can help us develop compelling visuals for the presentations.
  4. Enjoy public speaking and would like to be part of our BYM Speakers Bureau.
Please contact Patricia Barber at if you would like to help! We also welcome Friends who would like to be part of the Outreach Subcommittee.
General Secretary Transition Information
Supervisory Committee is working with Wayne Finegar and Sarah Gillooly to determine an appropriate transition and overlap period between them. More information will be announced as it is available.
Look for information in the coming weeks about changes to email addressess and other contact informmation.
Invitation to an Event of Appreciation for Wayne Finegar
Supervisory Committee is extending an invitation for any in the Yearly Meeting who would like to appreciate Wayne Finegar and all his work and efforts for Baltimore Yearly Meeting to do so by:
  1. Sending an appreciation in writing about Wayne or a poem/story or in any form you would like to express it to Ramona Buck and she will make a booklet for Wayne of all the writings she receives: (please send by July 11th) or;
  2. Attending an appreciation event for Wayne at the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House on Wednesday, July 14th at 7 PM where people will be invited to share their appreciation/stories verbally- or you may do both!
There will be a Zoom connection at the Meeting House so you can listen in by Zoom if you are unable to attend. There will be refreshments served in the Community House - feel free to bring additional refreshments to share.
Zoom Information (click for link)
Meeting ID: 824 0653 8203
Passcode: nAT3k4
Being Born a Black Woman
Thinking about Race (Summer 2021)
“If you have the privilege of being born a black woman, it is my belief that it is part of your divine mission to liberate yourself from all external and internalized oppression and thereby liberate the world.” - Ama Karikari-Yawson
Ama Karikari-Yawson is the Founder, President, and Principal of Milestales. She is the author of Sunne's Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God’s Gift and Kwanzaa Nana Is Coming to Town.
Ms. Yawson earned a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is an attorney, author, publisher, entrepreneur and educator who gives workshops on various topics including bullying prevention, culturally empowering education, and entrepreneurship.
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 (and updated on May 23, 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.
Unity with Nature Committee Announces Climate and Sustainability Webinars
The Unity with Nature Committee is sharing information about this series of seven webinars on climate change, solutions and related technologies this summer. Dr. Sara Via, Climate Extension Specialist at the Univesity of Maryland, ia a gifted communicator and she is offering the webinars free and accessible to everyone. Dr. Via's previous work can be seen on her web site, A copy of the flyer for the programs can be downloaded here.
Because of UMD's Zoom system, you will need to register for each webinar. But the good news is that by registering you'll get the link to the video the day after the webinar! The late afternoon timing of the webinars may challenge people's work schedules. If you register for the session, you will be sent a link to the video the day after which you can watch at your conveniences. Click here to register.
We hope that you enjoy these climate change videos as a way to educate yourself this summer.
Tech Assistance for Annual Session 2021 Needed
Annual Session 2021 is coming up rapidly. Hopefully you have your registration in. Program Committee is looking for some additional volunteers to assist with Zoom session host duties, primarily for the workshops. If you would like to volunteer some time, please contact or send us a note at If you would like to host for a specific time or workshop, just let us know. We will get back to you to confirm and answer any questions you may have. Thank you.
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