About LEYM

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, three 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.

LEYM History

A short narrative history of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting is available:

2018 LEYM History and Description (PDF)

LEYM Chronology

A more detailed chronology of our annual meetings over the years is available:

 LEYM Chronology through 2018 (PDF)

LEYM members at a work day for Habitat for Humanity in Lima, Ohio, in 2013

LEYM on Social Media

**An Invitation to #WorldQuakerDay 2021**

Sunday 3rd October, 2021.

https://youtu.be/HgaCCPKJDkA

Explore the resources at http://worldquakerday.org

We look forward to celebrating with you and #Quakers around the world this Sunday!

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The Zoom recording of Detroit Friends (Quakers) introducing their new Detroit Meeting House building project is viewable here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVB6iGRSM4

FCNL is hosting an online event: Quaker Peace Advocacy in Two Decades of War SEPTEMBER 29, 2021, 6:30 - 7:30 PM EDT More at https://www.fcnl.org/events/quaker-peace-advocacy-two-decades-war

Upcoming Zoom presentations about Detroit Friends Meeting’s plans to build a new meetinghouse set for Sept 12 and 14. Details at https://leym.org/dfm-new-meetinghouse/

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  • American Friends Service Committee - afsc.org
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation - fcnl.org
  • Friends General Conference - fgcquaker.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: Section of the Americas - fwccamericas.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: World Office - fwcc.world
  • Right Sharing of World Resources - rswr.org