Wilmington Yearly Meeting
Epistles and Minutes
Friends United Meeting
Friends United Meeting commits itself to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved, and obeyed as Teacher and Lord.
John Muhanji, Director of Friends United Meeting’s Africa Ministries, reads a prepared statement and then speaks extemporaneously, issuing a powerful call to Kenya’s political leaders to exercise maturity and restraint, for the sake of peace and national unity.
We are dedicated to you and your abilities. We believe in your ability to change the world. Be hands-on, act and build our tomorrow. The future is yours. Every generation has an opportunity to shape society and build the world. Now it’s your turn. Show your pride. Make a difference. Wilmington College carries on through you
At Wilmington College (WC), we are dedicated to your passion for hands-on learning. Our community-of-doing will place you in the center of the learning experience, unlocking your potential and opening doors. Students can leave with thousands of hours of practical application — now that’s learning by doing.
Peace Resource Center
The Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College works for peace by bearing witness to the historical experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing survivors and the legacies of nonviolent activists touched by the horrors of nuclear war.
The Peace Resource Center is observing the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a program dedicated to creating a peaceful future Aug. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Harcum Art Gallery in Boyd Cultural Arts Center.
“Never Again: A Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration” will feature dance, music and poetry as a backdrop for reflecting upon the cruelty and suffering of war and make claims to a nonviolent future.
Quaker Heritage Center
The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center is a facility dedicated to celebrating the local, regional and national history of the Religious Society of Friends and is located at Wilmington College. The center features 1,261 square feet of display areas, and a traditional Quaker meetinghouse. The Quaker Heritage Center celebrates the history of the Religious Society of Friends who settled in southwest Ohio, as well as their contributions to America and its culture. Quakers have a long history of activism on issues such as peacemaking, civil rights, racism and social justice. Visiting exhibits and speakers are just part of the experience.
American Friends Service Committee
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
FCNL’s multi-faceted approach draws on the expertise of registered lobbyists in Washington, DC, the commitment and passion of people around the country in our advocacy network, and the relationships we cultivate with elected officials and community leaders.
Friends National Committee on Legislation
The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward.
Friends World Committee for Consultation | Section of the Americas
Answering God’s call to universal love, Friends World Committee for Consultation brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world.
In the Americas, the Quaker community extends from the Arctic to the Andes, spanning a rich diversity of regional cultures, beliefs and styles of worship.
Ohio Council of Churches
The mission of the Ohio Council of Churches is to make visible the unity of Christ’s church, provide a Christian voice on public issues, and engage in worship, education and service.
Earlham School of Religion
Rooted in the Christian Quaker tradition of contemplation that inspires action, Earlham School of Religion prepares theologically diverse students for a pluralistic world. Our curriculum unites spiritual formation, academic study, social engagement, and vital ministry.
In our classrooms you will find faculty who take seriously the idea of a community of learners and students who bring with them a wealth of wisdom and experience. As an ESR student you will be challenged to re-evaluate basic assumptions, articulate a theological stance, and live into a unique and creative ministry that truly impacts the world.
WYM Executive Committee
Jeannette Hamby, Executive Committee Clerk
Judy Leasure, Recording Clerk
Mike Miller, Treasurer
WYM Ministry & Counsel
Joan VanSickle Sloan, Presiding Clerk
Jonda Hamilton, Asst. Clerk
JP Lund, Recording Clerk
Becky Strafford, Asst. Recording Clerk
2022-2023 WYM Nominating Committee
Mary Ellen Krisher, Clerk
United Society of Friends Women
Nancy McCormick (President)
WYM Training and Recording Committee
Jim Newby (Clerk)
Quaker Knoll Grounds and Facilities Committee
Mike Miller, Clerk
WYM Finance & Stewardship Committee
JP Lund (Clerk of Trustees)
Gary Farlow (Clerk of Fiduciary Committee)
WYM Historical Materials Committee
WYM Evangelism & Missions Committee
Cathy Hadley, Clerk
WYM Youth & Young Adults Committee
Jonathan Goff (Clerk)
WYM Program Committee
Donne Hayden, Clerk
WYM Epistle Committee
Julie Rudd, Jonathan Goff, and Dan Kasztelan
WYM Christian Concerns for Peace and Society Committee
Wilmington College Committee
Doug Woodmansee (Clerk)
Friends Disaster Service
The Friends Disaster Services is a network of volunteers from across the USA that provides relief in the aftermath of natural disasters. Taking their lead from Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these you did for me,” they describe their mission as being “to exemplify God’s love and bring hope and encouragement to survivors of disasters such as tornados, hurricanes, floods, fires.”
Belize Friends School
Three years ago, Friends United Meeting committed itself to pursue a significant expansion of its ministries in Belize.
Wilmington School in Puerto Padre, Cuba
We were truly blessed to see the work progressing at Puerto Padre, Cuba! With the generosity and faithfulness of Friends who have supported this ongoing ministry, Cuba Yearly Meeting and its partners around the globe have been able to “Rebuild a Friendly Place” at the Colegio Wilmington (Wilmington School).
Quaker Friends Ramallah
There has been an active and vibrant Palestinian Quaker community in Ramallah since the late 1800’s. In 1910, this community built the Ramallah Friends Meetinghouse and later added another building that was used for community outreach.