About Lake Erie Yearly Meeting
Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM) began in 1939 as an association of Friends meetings in Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. It is currently made up of 20 local congregations, called monthly meetings. There are also a number of informal worship groups within LEYM. It is affiliated with Friends General Conference (FGC), a Quaker service organization for unprogrammed Friends in the U.S.
LEYM currently publishes a newsletter, the LEYM Bulletin, 3 times a year.
LEYM holds an annual meeting for four days in July for inspiration and fellowship, with business meetings for consideration of basic policies, committee reports, and responses to concerns brought by committees, and the naming of officers, representatives to Friends’ organizations, and committees.
LEYM appoints representatives to the following Quaker organizations: American Friends Service Committee; Friends Committee on National Legislation; Quaker Earthcare Witness; Friends General Conference; Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns; Friends World Committee on Consultation; William Penn House; Olney Friends School; Wilmington Yearly Meeting; Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative); Canadian Yearly Meeting; Evangelical Friends International – Eastern Region.
A Representative Meeting is held on a weekend in the spring for committee meetings and to prepare the work of the annual meeting.
At present, the following standing committees are active: Advancement & Outreach, Arrangements & Site, Earthcare, Finance & Budget, High School Youth Program, Ministry & Nurture, Nominating, Peace, Program, Publications & Archives, and Youth & Children. Currently, it has no paid staff other than a part-time Youth Coordinator. The yearly meeting budget includes support for two private Quaker schools: the Friends School in Detroit and Olney School in Barnesville, Ohio.
Eight monthly meetings and four worship groups in lower Michigan form a regional organization within LEYM called Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting. GPQM has chief administrative responsibility for and ownership of Friends School in Detroit, oversight of the Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea, Michigan, and financial and interactive relationships with the Michigan Area office of the American Friends Service Committee in Ann Arbor.
A short narrative history of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting is available:
A more detailed chronology of our annual meetings over the years is available:
- Chronology (PDF)