Welcome to Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting
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The Calendar Page has our scheduled events (many with a linked map) and the Events Page provides a general description of our recurring events. You can get to the Events Calendar Page by clicking on the calendar image on the left.
OVYM OPEN POSITIONS. We still need to fill the positions of Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Recording Clerk. Please see the Open Positions Page and consider serving. If you're interested, please use the Contact Us Page to let us know.
25-27: Fellowship of Friends of African Descent in Philadelphia. Download the Event Flier for more information and the Registration Form if you would like to attend. You may also support Friends wishing to attend by visiting the Ujima Peace Center Website. You may also wish to visit the Fellowship of Friends of Africal Descent website to learn more about them.
26: Saturday: 9am-Noon. Safe Congregation Training at Richmond First Friends, 2010 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN.
The Richmond Young Friends Committee (a joint committee of Richmond First Friends, Clear Creek and West Richmond) would like to invite all Friends to a training session on "Safe Congregations"
As congregations, we are legally obligated to protect children and other vulnerable people from sexual and other forms of abuse while they are in our care or participating in our programs. As children of God, we are morally obligated to help reduce the incidence of abuse and to minister to the harm it causes. Yet few of us feel that we have the skills required to do this well. Few of our meetings have clear policies to guide us in creating safe programs and addressing abuse if it happens. All of us could benefit from some explicit skills-development in this area.
All Friends are welcome. For more information, including information on the whole curriculum, please visit the Unitarian Universalist Safe Congregations Website.
order to allow us to prepare handouts, please RSVP by August 19 to
26: Saturday: 12-3pm. OVYM Executive Committee will meet at Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.
29: 5-6pm. Annual Quaker Heights Memorial Meeting for Worship for staff and residents, celebrating the lives of those residents of Quaker Heights who have passed in the last year.
15: Friday: Submissions for the October Quaker Quill are due to the .
29-30: Fri-Sat. Ohio River National Freedom Corridor (ORNFC) Conference: How Long, O God, How Long? the Unfinished Business of the Underground Railroad at Earlham College. For full details, visit the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor Website. Additionally, the ORNFC is calling for papers on the theme, information for which can be found on the ORNFC's Call for Presentations, Papers, Workshops, and Exhibits Page.
01: Sunday. World Quaker Day: Gathering in Worship Around the Globe. For more information, visit the FWCC World Quaker Day Website.
07: Saturday: 12n. Executive Committee Meeting at Community Friends.
9-10: Monday-Tuesday Westheimer Peace Symposium: Welcoming the Otherat Wilmington College. A number of events are planned for this year's symposium to be sure to check the Westheimer Peace Symposium Website for the details. The site will be updated with details as they become available. You may also want to check the OVYM Calendar Page for a short list of the event titles and locations, and an interactive map to Wilmington College on the October Calendar.
15: Miami Quarterly Meeting at Yellow Springs Friends with Englewood providing the adult program. Unless discernment goes otherwise, the Meeting will accept the laying down of Green Plain Meeting. There will be a bus trip to the Green Plain Meetinghouse, built in 1844, for a presentation and chance to wander the grounds.
04: Saturday: 12-3pm. OVYM Executive Committee will meet at Earlham College.
Statistical Reports are Due this month to the .
15: Sunday: Submissions for the February Quaker Quill are due to the .
21: Sunday: Whitewater Quarterly Meeting
03: Saturday: 12n. Executive Committee (teleconference).
08: Sunday. Miami Quarterly Meeting
07: Saturday: 12-3pm. Executive Committee at North Meadow Circle of Friends, 1710 North Talbott Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
22: Sunday. Whitewater Quarterly Meeting.
30: Sunday: OYYM Reports in Advance due to and the .
15: Tuesday: Submissions for the June Quaker Quill are due to the .
15: Tuesday: OYYM Directory Corrections due to the .
20: Sunday: Miami Quarterly Meeting.
13-17: Wed-Sun. OVYM Annual Sessions (early for 2017) at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.
15: Annual Fort Ancient Worship and Picnic, hosted by Miami. Members and friends of OVYM are invited to attend. We'll gather at 10am wor worship and the picnic will follow in the pavilion - rain will not cancel the event. Please enter via the driveway to the caretaker's house and follow the signs to the paviliion. Those wishing to tour the grounds of this historic Native American site are wilcome to do so following the picnic.
25: Saturday: 12-3pm. OVYM Executive Committee will meet at Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.
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OVYM STILL NEEDS AN ASSISTANT TREASURER
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The important positions of Youth Secretary and Assistant Treasurer remain open and need to be filled. Please prayerfully consider this opening on the Quaker Job Openings Page and use the Contact Us Page to let us know of you, or someone you know, would consider serving in this capacity.
INDIANA FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION (IFCL) NEWS UPDATE
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IFCL has provided a report to Friends on the legislative accomplishments of their bi-partisan Quakerly lobbying. You may read the full article on the News Page or visit the IFCL Website.
WORLD RELIGIONS THROUGH THEIR SCRIPTURES
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Learn about the history and social impact of world religions through their scriptures with experts representing several of the world’s religious traditions through a free online series on World Religions open to everyone. Read the detailed World Religions Article for more information and a link to the class site.
A PUBLIC STATEMENT BY RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATION
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In recent days, Friends across New England have joined demonstrations and reached out with our neighbors to oppose President Trump's Executive Order on refugees and immigration. We continue to hold all affected in the Light. May a deep well of prayer continue to ground our work and our witness in these times.
To offer a common religious witness opposing the Executive Order, the Massachusetts Council of Churches has issued a letter opposing the ban.
Demonstrating New England Friends' partnership with our wider family of faith, and recognizing that it is especially important for Christian voices to speak clearly and strongly now, NEYM Presiding Clerk Fritz Weiss and I have signed the letter on behalf of Quakers in New England.
We encourage Friends and Friends Meetings in states other than Massachusetts to continue our shared witness on this issue, to share news about what actions you are led to take, and to let us know if there are ways your wider spiritual community can be supportive. In faith and service, Noah Merrill, Secretary, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.
FRIENDS JOURNAL ANNUAL STUDENT VOICES PROJECT
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Friends Journal Annual Student Voices Project is underway. This year the project asks students to write a letter to the next president of the United States. It's open to all middle school and high school students (Quaker and non-Quaker). The Theme is Dear Mr. President. Write a letter to President-elect Trump suggesting what you think he should focus on during his first year. The deadline is February 15. Visit the Friends Journal Student Voices Project Website for complete details including suggested questions to consider when you write.
2016 YEARLY MEETING REPORT FROM FCNL
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The 2016 Yearly Meeting Report from Friends Committee on National Legislation has been received. Please read the FCNL Report.
SESSIONS WILL BE AT EARLHAM COLLEGE
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The 2016 Annual Sessions will again be at Earlham College, July 27- 31. See the Annual Sessions Page for the latest information as it becomes available.
VALLEY YEARLY MEETING COMMITS TO DIVESTMENT
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Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) commits to divesting our yearly meeting's financial resources from all fossil fuel extraction companies. OVYM will publicize this act of divestment from all corporations involved with extracting coal, petroleum, and natural gas as one way to raise awareness of the critical global challenge of climate change. We will make these financial changes to reflect right relationship with Earth, as well as other Quaker values, including equality and integrity. We will do so as soon as reasonably possible. We encourage our members and other Quaker bodies to take similar action. (Minuted August, 2015)
DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT, NEWS ARTICLE, PAGE UPDATE, OR OTHER DOCUMENT FOR THE WEBSITE?
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Your OVYM Website needs your input. If you have anything you want to submit for any of the pages of the website, please let us know.
The June Quaker Quill has been published and is available for download from the Quaker Quill Page, which you can go to by clicking on THIS LINK.
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