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Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session 2022

  • August 01, 2022
  • August 07, 2022
  • Hood College, Frederick Maryland, and online

The theme of the August 1 to 7 annual session is “Considering the Wildflowers: Rooted in History, Growing Toward Spirit.” Registration is now open. For details, see the BYM Annual Session website.

A member of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run will lead the retreat on Monday and Tuesday, August 1 and 2. He has been working among Friends to develop Trust Circles since 2018. The purposes of the Circles are to reduce our tendency to engage in “othering’”; to give space and voice to those who are reluctant to share their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, wants, and needs; and to strengthen our individual and collective sense of “unity and wholeness;” and to increase our sense of belonging to our worship communities. During the retreat, he will share the journey BYM has taken from discussing how to be more anti-racist to building trust across ethnocultural and other differences. Participants will engage deeply in trust circle exercises with one another and learn how to carry the practice forward in their lives and Meetings.

The Plenary Session on Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. is called Re/Membering the Past: Seeking Lessons on Racial Justice, Indigenous Peoples, & Peace. Panelists will  weave together the roots and relationships among three areas of Friends' values and testimonies over the last 350 years and how colonization affected our faith and our practice relating to racial justice, Native Peoples, and the peace testimony, and how it continues to affect our faith community today. How does Spirit lead us into a future that takes responsibility for the harm done and is welcoming to all people? 

On Saturday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m., Emily Provance will give The Carey Lecture. You can learn more about her here: www.quakeremily.wordpress.com

There are many very interesting workshops; some online from Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, July 26 to 30, and others in person from Thursday, August 4 to Saturday, August 6. 

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends

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