Weekly Announcements for February 9, 2024
Annual Spiritual State of the Meeting Queries Now Available
The Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee is looking forward to hearing from each Monthly Meeting early next year with the SSoM report from your corner of our Quaker community. This is always a joyful undertaking for us as we read and sense Spirit's movement among us and use these reports as background for the Yearly Meeting's Spiritual State of the Meeting Report. Given the late notice for some Meetings, the deadline is flexible though Reports returned by April 15th are greatly appreciated.
In late November, the Spiritual State of the Meeting Queries were emailed to the Clerks of each Monthly Meeting, according to the information on file with the BYM Office. Unfortunately, our General Secretary forgot to also post the queries in the Weekly Announcements and on the website last month. The General Secretary apologies for this oversight.
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BYM Seeks Opequon Quaker Camp Caretaker
BYM is seeking our new half-time Caretaker for Opequon Quaker Camp at its new location at Rolling Ridge Conservancy near Harper’s Ferry WV. The Caretaker provides a year-round presence at the camp, cares for the facility, develops off-season programing, facilitates rentals, and makes the site ready for summer camp. The Caretaker should be an individual who loves to tinker, enjoys living in a rural area, and has - or is ready to learn - a range of property maintenance and hospitality skills. Applications close February 23rd. For questions, contact DavidHunter@bym-rsf.org.
Washington Friends Conference on Psychology & Religion, Feb 16-18
The Forty-fifth annual Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology will be held on February 16-18 online. We will be hosting Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD, Jungian analyst, as our plenary speaker on the topic Finding Wholeness in the Midst of Chaos. The topic of chaos is very current and relevant to all of us through our experience of climate catastrophe and political polarization. Jeff's first career was as a climate scientist and he is prepared to consider a wide range of climate issues, as well as political and personal concerns. There will also be a number of Interest Groups.
An Intro to Faith & Play, Feb 11
How can Quakers use stories and play—the "first languages" of children—in religious education for youth and Friends of all ages? Join this free virtual talk offered by Arch Street Meeting in Philadelphia on February 11 by Melinda Wenner Bradley, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Director of Program & Religious Life, to learn how Quaker Meetings cultivated a belonging-focused spiritual community of all ages by incorporating Faith & Play Stories.
One Hand in the Soil: The Conversation Continues, Mon, Feb 19
The BYM Unity with Nature Committee will be hosting a second online conversation about farming on Monday, February 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. We hope to make this a monthly event. Come share your thoughts about the challenges and joys of farming, and what you would like others to know about it. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilgrimage for Peace, Philly to DC Feb 14-21
Join the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) from February 14 - 21, 2024 alongside Faith for Black Lives, Rabbis for Ceasefire, Hindus for Human Rights, The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia), Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Black Church Center for Justice and Equality, Until Freedom, Kairos Center, Freedom Church of the Poor, and many others for a pilgrimage from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA to the White House in Washington, D.C., to urge President Biden to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
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