Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting

The Religious Society of Friends

OHIO VALLEY YEARLY MEETING
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Annual Sessions

Minutes, epistles, recordings, budgets, registration forms, other documents, and other information for the upcoming and past Annual Sessions are all available from this page. These Documents area available to read and print by clicking on the document name. Because some browsers (i.e. Firefox) do not support fill-in forms, you should download the E-Registration form and open it with Adobe Reader. Right Mouse Click on the form name, select "Save target as…", and save it to your computer. You can then fill in and save the form, then print or email it with the information you entered. Please use this "Save As..." process to download the recordings.NOTE: To email the filled-in form from the Adobe Reader, select "Send file" from the Reader's File menu. Read the PDFEmail document for instructions.

198th Session: Sharing the Light: Radical Love for the World.

June 13-17, 2018 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

As updated information about the 2018 Sessions becomes available, it will be posted here, so check back.

Please download and post the 2018 OVYM Poster at your meeting.

Download the 2018 Registrar's Notes Document for all the information about registering for the 2018 Annual Sessions.

Download the Fill-In Registration Form, which you can fill in and email to the Registrar or print and bring with you.

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PLENARY SPEAKERS

Vanessa Julye, who has visited with OVYM as a guest sever al times in recent years, is the coordinator for two Friends General Conference programs - its Ministry on Racism Program and Youth Ministries Program. She first worked with FGC as a volunteer in 1994 and has been on staff for the past 11 years. She is well known as the co-author, with Donna McDaniel, of the groundbreaking book "Fit for Freedom not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice." She is also the author of "The Seed Cracked Open: Growing Beyond Racism."
Called to racial justice work, she has visited yearly and monthly meetings across the U.S. and Canada as they engage in the struggle with racism and white supremacy. She also spearheaded FGC's partnership with the annual White Privilege Conference (WPC), seeing the numbers of Quakers attending the annual conference grow from 11 in 2010 to more than 500 in 2016, when the conference went to Philadelphia.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Vanessa's introduction to Quaker worship came in elementary school when a friend invited her to attend a summer Quaker camp. She came back to Friends as an adult when she started working with Friends World Committee for Consultation and found Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, where she and her husband are members.

Dwight L. Wilson is a retired educator who spent 41 years as a school professional, including as headmaster of Friends School in Detroit. He also has served as pastor of Friends Meeting in Durham, Maine, and as general secretary for Friends General Conference.
He earned a BA in history and sociology from Bowdoin College and a master's of divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary. He also was awarded an honorary degree in Human Reconstruction from Wilmington (Ohio) College.
In 1980, Christian Century magazine named him one of America's Most Influential Religious Leaders. He has served on educational delegations to Spain, Egypt, and China; and has lectured on religion, peacemaking, leadership, multicultural education, and the Ohio frontier throughout North America.
He has published religious and educational articles as well as haiku in periodicals spanning the globe. He also has written a fictional series of books inspired by real events, "Esi Was My Mother," that begins in 1795 with the enslavement of a Fante couple in West Africa.
A native of Middletown, Ohio, he and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Mich., where they are members of the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
This summer, in addition to being a plenary speaker for OVYM sessions, he will guide the daily Bible Half Hour each weekday morning at the FGC 2018 Gathering to be held in Toledo, Ohio.

197th Session: Moving Together with the Spirit.

June 14-18, 2017 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Plenaries, Workshops, MY/Teen Consent form, and what to pack.
Final Schedule
Reports in Advance
Minutes
Epistles

Photos from the 2017 Annual Sesions have been posted to the Photos Page.

NOTE: If you are looking for the final version of the Testimony on Equality approved during the 2016 sessions, you can read that portion of the Faith and Practice by clicking THIS LINK.

Recordings from the 2017 Sessions
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Living Witness with David and Mary Garman (Part 1)
Living Witness with David and Mary Garman (Part 2)
Lynn Newsom Plenary (Part 1)
Lynn Newsom Plenary (Part 2)

196th Session: One in Spirit: Becoming a More Inclusive Religious Society.

July 27-31, 2016 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Agenda
Annual Sessions Schedule
Youth Program Schedule
Reports in Advance
Minutes
Epistles

Recordings from the 2016 Sessions
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Living Witness with Carol, David, and Susan Hyde
Niyonu Spann Plenary: "Trusting the BrokenHeart"
Michael Birkel Plenary: "Hospitality Among Religious Communities"
Niyonu Spann Workshop: "Singing Our Souls"

195th Session: Transforming the World with Love

July 29-August 2, 2015 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Schedule
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles

Recordings from the 2015 Sessions
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Eileen Flanagan's Plenary: "Love, Power, and the Work of Transforming the World"
Ross Hennesy's Plenary: "Thou Preparest a Table Before Me: Cultivating Courage through Community"

194th Session: Living Up to Our Light

July 30-August 3, 2014 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Business Sessions Agenda
Program and Schedule
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles

193rd Session: Living as Friends: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

July 31-August 4, 2013 at Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH.

Schedule
Annual Sessions Flier
Program Sessions and Speakers
Reports in Advance
Minutes
Epistles

192nd Session: Love One Another as I have Loved Thee?

July 25-29, 2012 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Registration
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles

191st Session: What Does the Lord Ask of us: Our Everyday Ministry of Love and Service

July 27-31, 2011 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Registration
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles

190th Session: Celebrating Friends as Family: Nurturing the Future

July 28-August 1, 2010 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Registration
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles

189th Session: Living Out Testimonies Today: Let Us Now See What Love Can Do

July 29-August 2, 2009 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Registration
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles
Statistics Report
Budget Report

188th Session: Delve Deeply, Walk Lightly, Dwell in Harmony

July 30-August 3, 2008 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Registration
Reports in Advance
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles
Statistics Report
Budget Report

187th Session: Growing our Faith to Transform the World

July 25-29, 2007 at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Program and Registration
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles
Statistics Report
Budget Report

186th Session: Seeking an Earth Restored: the Spiritual Path of Stewardship

July 26-30, 2007 at Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH.

Program and Registration
Final Report of the Nominating Committee
Minutes
Epistles
Budget Report

185th Session: Beyond Tolerance: Seeking Spiritual Ground

July 27-31, 2005 at Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH.

Program and Registration
Epistles

184th Session: Telling Our Stories of Faith

July 28-August 1, 2004 at Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH.

Program and Registration
Epistles

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