Invitation to attend Baltimore Yearly Meeting annual sessions for free

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Friends have extended an invitation to other yearly meetings to send one or two Friends as visitors to BYM’s annual sessions from July 31–August 6, 2017 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. BYM will cover registration costs as well as room and board! BYM is an FGC-affiliated yearly meeting. See the abridged letter below for more information.

If you are interested or feel led to serve as a visitor and report back to LEYM, contact the clerk of LEYM’s Advancement & Outreach Committee, Mathilda Navias, at galaxy [at] woh.rr.com or 419 448-0578.


Dear Friends,

On behalf of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, I invite Friends from your Yearly Meeting to join us for our Annual Session, July 31–August 6, 2017 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. The theme for the 2017 Annual Session is “Growing Towards Justice—Acting on Faith.” We are delighted to welcome all visitors, first-time or returning, for a day or the whole session.

Our Intervisitation Working Group will sponsor your members’ visits to our Annual Session and will serve as your hosts. We enthusiastically welcome all visitors from across the entire Quaker spectrum. Baltimore Yearly Meeting is able to pay full costs of registration, as well as room and board at Hood College, for up to two members of your Yearly Meeting. These funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early registration is recommended. If you wish, you may request partial support rather than the full registration, room, and board offered. So we may reserve funds for as many visitors’ registrations as possible, we are unable to cover travel or visa expenses.

From its beginnings in 2005, our Friends in the intervisitation program have visited with and welcome visitors from all Yearly Meetings of North America, as well as around the world. We enjoy the presence of and being present with Friends all over, finding deep joy in our diversity.

Travel Minutes or Letters of Introduction from your community are encouraged but not required. We read travel minutes at our meetings for worship with a concern for business. We hope your visitors can join us not just this year but also at subsequent annual sessions, thus coming to share with us more deeply.

In the Light,

Ken Stockbridge, Presiding Clerk