This page is for short updates from across our Yearly Meeting membership—individuals, committees, or other groups. We will also share news from other Quaker organizations from time to time.

Be sure to check out our quarterly newsletter, the Quaker Quill, for more news. Events hosted by Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting can be found on the Events page. You can also follow us on Facebook.
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Welcome Announcement

Hello Friends!

As noted in the introduction above, this new space on the website is meant for sharing updates that may be of interest to OVYM Friends. If you have something you’d like to share, you can email our Administrative Assistant, Susan Lee Barton, or use the form on this page.

For less time-sensitive news, consider sending a submission to Cecilia Shore for inclusion in the next edition of the Quaker Quill.

– Daniel Day,
OVYM Website Administrator

OVYM registration is open!

Go to our Annual Sessions page for more information and links to both the in-person and online registration forms.

The deadline for in-person attendance is this Monday the 27th!

Quaker Leadership Center’s Investments Seminar

Tuesday May 28, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT

When it comes to investing money, what are our options? How do we assess possibilities with an eye to financial return, stability, and God’s purposes and leadings? Our presenter will be Beth Henricks of Indianapolis First Friends and clerk of the Finance Board of Western Yearly Meeting. We appreciate the time and organizational facilitation of Emily Provance as well. The collaboration and question/answer times have been quite lively in this series but if you are unable to join us, we will be sharing the recording on our Youtube channel afterwards. Contact the Quaker Leadership Center for links.

Friends General Conference Gathering Registration Ends Next Week!

Gathering Registration for on-campus housing ends May 31 or when it is full!

June 30th-July 6th 2024, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

It’s not too late to sign-up now, and many workshops still have space. Come join this multigenerational week of community, worship, exploration, learning, and a great deal of fun!

See the FGC website for more information.

Want to read another Gathering attender’s story? Find it here.

Miami Friends present
“The Black American Music Journey”
by Dr. J LanYe

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 12:30 p.m. EDT at the white brick meetinghouse in Waynesville, Ohio.
All are welcome! There is no charge for this wonderful event which is scheduled for 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Dr. J LanYe will perform music and commentary. Dr. J began performing and playing music at the age of three. By the age of 7, she was soloing at weddings and special events in Youngstown, Ohio. At the age of 7, she and her mother were co-sopranoists at the Dunbar Choral Club, a highly recognized Black ensemble. Dr. J has been writing and performing for 75 years.

She has written a series of operas including one which detailed events surrounding the Underground Railroad. Dr. J has presented over 3000 musical presentations. She has served as an administrator in the music departments of a number of universities and was the music director of the Karamu Theater in Cleveland, Ohio. She was Director of Music at John Carroll University in the Cleveland area from 1989 – 1995, and taught Black Music History there. She also was the choir director at John Carroll She also provided musical instruction over the years at Youngstown State University, Central State University and Berea College. Dr. J was the Conductor of the Shaker Heights Symphony from 1997-2006.

All are welcome to enjoy The Black American Music Journey with Dr. J LanYe.
For those interested, meeting for worship is scheduled at 10:45 am. Coffee, tea, and water will be available.

Coming Alive – Deep Joy and the Heart of Earthcare

Save the date! Wednesday 12 June, 2024, 1:00 p.m. EDT in person

Plan to come to yearly meeting early! You’re in for a treat! Keith Runyan (the new Quaker Earthcare Witness General Secretary) will present a workshop on Wednesday afternoon before our first business session. Come together to explore the heart of Earthcare through song, dance, poetry, and love. In a time of growing and well-justified environmental grief and anxiety we will explore together how living into right relationship with each other and the Earth can transmute grief and anxiety into joyful purpose and community with the human and extra-human world. See the May Quaker Quill for more information.

Help prepare a house for Cuban refugees and others

Anyone looking for a service project while attending Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting? Want to come to Richmond on some other Saturday between now and July?

As some of you might be aware, a large number of Cuban Friends have been leaving Cuba and resettling in Indiana. While Friends United Meeting, the New Association of Friends, and Western Yearly Meeting have been working hard to help these refugees with all of the little things that arise when one comes to a new country, the time has come where some additional help is needed from a wider circle of Friends. Please see the information below:

Friends United Meeting and Richmond (Indiana) Iglesia Amigos will be hosting a series of Saturday work days to prepare a new house for refugees and other immigrants in Richmond. The house will initially be used to solve the housing needs of some of the refugees who have arrived from Cuba in recent months. The vision for Amigos House is that it will be used to welcome Spanish-speaking immigrants—Cubans as well as those of other nationalities—into the Richmond community. We hope that by the middle of the summer, one of the Cuban families can move into the house.
The house needs some upgrades and cosmetic work. Work days on the Saturdays listed below will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and refreshments and lunch will be served.

  • Saturday, May 11, identify trash and cut up carpet.
  • Saturday, May 25, dump trash and begin house repairs.
  • Saturday, June 15, continue house repairs.
  • Saturday, June 22, finish house repairs.
  • Saturday, July 6, deep cleaning and celebration.

We hope to end with a celebration with music and food on the last Saturday (July 6).
If you are in Richmond, Indiana, or the surrounding area, and would like to volunteer to work on the house, you may contact Global Ministries Coordinator Karla Jay at or (765) 962-7573. We would love to have you participate in this ministry of hospitality.

Friends Response Team is also collecting money to help with this project. If you want to help, but cannot help physically, please consider sending a donation to the Wilmington Yearly Meeting office (1870 Quaker Way Box 1194 Wilmington, OH 45177) and indicate that it is for Cuban refugees.

Getry Agizah Speaks in June: Friends Church Peace Teams Coordinator

Wednesday, June 19, 2024,  at 7:00 p.m. EDT, FUM Office at Quaker Hill, Richmond, Indiana

Getry’s will and heart are in peace work. She has spent the past fifteen years working for peace, both in and outside Kenya in countries like Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, China, South Africa, Guatemala, and Ireland. She has also traveled within the U.S.A. to raise support for Friends Church Peace Teams, visiting Quaker churches and Meetings in many of the States. Her hobbies are traveling, doing reconciliation work, and helping her society to know real peace.

Getry is the Programme Coordinator for FUM’s Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu. She coordinates the work of the Friends Church Peace Team, as well as overseeing the Girl Child Education Programme, and guiding the formation of the new Shepherd Boy Scholarship program. She also manages FUM’s relationships with Turkana Friends Mission and Samburu Friends Mission.

Getry Agizah will visit Friends United Meeting’s Welcome Center. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet Getry, and a question-and-answer session will follow her remarks. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

One-year Quaker Life Coordinator position at Ramallah Friends School

Ramallah Friends School is searching for a Quaker Life Coordinator. The Quaker Life Coordinator will serve under FUM’s Living Letters program and report to the Head of School. The coordinator will work to promote Friends values and spiritual life activities on campus, provide a ministry of presence, and nurture Quaker life programs beyond the school community. Ideal candidates should have a deep knowledge of Quaker faith and practice, have experience working with diverse groups in a school community, and be willing to live in Palestine for a one-year assignment. 

Ramallah Friends School will provide a stipend, housing, and support for travel. Interested candidates should send resumes and a letter of interest to Karla Jay at

Click here to read the job description.  

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