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We welcome you to connect with us and our member congregations. Whether you're just curious about Quakers or you are looking for a spiritual home, Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting (OVYM) has congregations (Monthly Meetings) throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and southwestern Ohio that welcome you to join with them in worship, religious education, and fellowship.

 

Feel free to explore the complete list of our Monthly Meetings on our Community Pages to find a congregation near you.  You also can find a Monthly Meeting in your area by visiting the Meeting Map Page, which has an interactive map of the Monthly Meetings in OVYM, as well as a link to the Quaker Finder Meeting Locator website to assist you in finding a Meeting anywhere in the United States by City, State, or Zip Code.

 

About OVYM

 

OVYM is a spiritual community of 19 Monthly Meetings—in Indiana, Kentucky, and Southwestern Ohio—organized under two Quarterly Meetings: Miami and Whitewater.  Monthly Meetings meet weekly for worship and conduct their business once a month; Quarterly Meetings meet for worship and conduct business quarterly; Yearly Meetings meet annually, and have an appointed Executive Committee to conduct business between annual sessions.

 

OVYM gathers each summer at the end of July for our Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions: five days of worship, spiritual renewal, and fellowship.  We also conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting: lay ministry, religious education, finance, and Faith and Practice.  All members of the Yearly Meeting and their guests are welcome to attend.

 

A Yearly Meeting is the central organizing unit of the Religious Society of Friends with no larger body exercising authority over it. As such, Yearly Meetings develop their own concepts of beliefs and operations, which they publish in a Faith and Practice document. The Yearly Meeting ties the Monthly Meetings together and exists as a support organization to those Monthly Meetings. Like a Monthly Meeting, the Yearly Meeting exists to build community, support the life of the spirit, and discern appropriate action as an active witness to the world.

 

There is a lot of information about OVYM available to you from this Overview Page, as you can see from the topic navigation menu in the upper left of the page. Feel free to explore our History, Activities, Annual Sessions, Latest News, and the other available pages.

 

Our Officers, Staff and Committees Page includes not only the OVYM Officers and Staff Members, but also contains a list of the volunteers who serve on the more than 20 Committees vital to keeping our Yearly Meeting running smoothly and that provide support to our Monthly Meetings in areas such as Religious Nurture and Education, Faith and Practice, Peace and Social Concerns, and our Youth Programs. Should you feel moved to participate in the ministry of one of these Committees, please let us know through the Contact Us Page.

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Annual Session adult discussion group

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Signing the marriage certificate at a traditional Quaker Wedding at one of our Meetings.

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Personal reflection during an Annual Session

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