Our Committee resonates with the spiritual challenges of peace-making and building community within Friends United Meeting. Since we wrote the above mission statement, our numbers have grown as we have united with other Friends in seeking to build bridges of understanding through a traveling ministry of presence, deep listening, and hospitality. Over the years we have found that we actually become the bridges. Friends who have participated in this ministry include:
- our ministers and elders who travel to other yearly meetings;
- our own committee members ;
- guests who come from FUM offices and other yearly meetings to our Annual Sessions;
- Friends who give hospitality to those traveling to and from BYM; and
- all participants at Annual Session who meet our travelers and guests and attend our many events.
Only by working together can we “strengthen the Religious Society of Friends and nurture the beloved community of Friends.”
Exciting intervisitation plans within Friends United Meeting are in motion for the next six months, beginning in April, 2010. Twelve BYM traveling ministers and their companions will visit six other yearly meetings within FUM-North America and the United Society of Friends Women International Triennial in Mombasa, Kenya. Maria and Tim Bradley (Sandy Spring) and Jean James (Richmond) have already returned from Southeastern YM, which met over the Easter weekend. Other visits are listed below. Please hold these Friends and the meetings they will visit in the Light. Continue reading
We wanted to check in and thank those courageous and loving Friends who have expressed interest in the Intervisitation Program of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. There continue to be opportunities for visiting.
Friends United Meeting has ten other Yearly Meetings in the US and Canada. We hope to have Friends from our Yearly Meeting visit them all. Continue reading