Local Meeting and Committee Events
April 3 – A White Historian Confronts Lynching
Bethesda Public Library (Bethesda, MD)
In response to police shootings, to #BlackLivesMatter, and to the 2015 murders at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, historian Susan Strasser seeks to provide historical perspective to people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism. This is the second of a series of illustrated talks, “A White Historian Reads Black History,” sponsored by Bethesda Friends Meeting. The talk will be followed by poet Marcia Cole (www.historyworthwhile.com) reading her powerful “A Bitter Suite,” winner of the 2010 College Language Association Creative Writing Contest first prize in poetry. Dr. Strasser, Richards Professor of American History Emerita at the University of Delaware, is a prize-winning historian, praised by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life.” For more about her, see susanstrasser.net. Many scholars and activists remind us that every image of a tormented black body has power in our culture. This presentation will include some disturbing images, offered as stark evidence of our shared history and in memory of those whose murder and torture they represent.
April 8 – Friendly Sing Saturday
Richmond Friends Meeting (Richmond, VA)
The Quaker Women’s A Capella Choir invites you to a Friendly Sing on Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 3pm in the Richmond Meeting House. F/friends from all over BYM are invited to join singing leader, Ruth Fitz, for a day of singing. We will break at noon for a meal so please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Please let us know if you need childcare by emailing the names and ages of your children to Diane Bowden at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 5th. Strong and shy singers are welcome to join this circle of F/friends singing rounds, sacred chants, spirituals, peace songs, hymns, and fun songs. We will sing together to energize our bodies and nurture our souls, with music that affirms our diversity, reflects our beauty, and celebrates our unity. No singing or music reading experience is necessary to participate, just a willing spirit and a desire to sing.
April 8 – An Evening of Scottish Music
Annapolis Friends Meeting (Annapolis, MD)
Come and enjoy an evening of Scottish music 7:30pm. Doors open at 7. Katrine Anderson will be singing songs from her native Scotland, many of which she learned growing up in a very musical family there. She will be joined by an outstanding group of Celtic musicians: Zan McCleod, playing guitar and bouzouki; Robert Spates playing fiddle; and Tina Chancey playing viol de gamba and fiddle. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students. The concert is sponsored by Annapolis Friends Meeting and the proceeds will benefit various endeavors. For more information, see annapolis.quaker.org.
April 15 – Be Heard at Our Faith & Practice Process Clarification Listening Sessions
Bethesda Friends Meeting (Bethesda, MD)
The ad hoc Faith and Practice Process Clarification Committee seeks your input on the guidance that should be given to a new Faith and Practice Committee. Join Friends at Bethesda Friends Meeting from 1-3pm. The Process Clarification Committee reported on its progress at Interim Meeting on March 18. The committee has scheduled this listening session, and your participation will help us provide necessary guidance to the new Faith and Practice Committee. See the committee’s report at https://t.e2ma.net/click/wfj56e/0e1p7t/k2wl2cc. Contact the Process Clarification committee at email@example.com for more details. There will be two more listening sessions during the Apportionment Meetings on April 22 and 29.
April 28 – 30, 2017 – Men’s Retreat
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Thurmont, MD)
Since 2002, men from Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run have gathered early in the spring to build connections among Friends at one of BYM’s magnificent camps. In recent years, male Friends from other Meetings have participated in the weekend. This year, all men Friends in BYM are invited to register and gather at Catoctin for dinner sixth day through lunch first day - or any portion thereof. The retreat is very loosely programmed and includes time to relax, work cooperatively, hike (or nap), talk, tell stories, play, and have fun. For more information, including the registration form, contact Blaine Keener. (443-414-9103 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 30 – Blue Ridge Gathering
Roanoke Friends Meeting (Roanoke, VA)
Empowering Women: The Link to Population: How will the new federal administration affect family planning clinics? How do increasing population and consumption patterns affect declining environmental quality? How does family planning affect population numbers? How do these fit with Quaker values? What can Friends do locally? Presentations by Roanoke Planned Parenthood and Ruah Swennerfelt, a founding member of Quaker Earthcare Witness. Meeting for Worship will begin at 10:30am. There will be a potluck lunch at noon. Child care will be provided. If possible, please call in advance so that we will have an idea of how many children or for more information: Tony Martin 540-874-4212.
May 5 – 6 - Spiritual Formation Program Spring Retreat
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center (Sharpsburg, MD)
Save the date! The BYM Spiritual Formation Program's Spring Retreat will happen on May 5-6. Open to all regardless of prior or planned participation in an existing Spiritual Formation program, the retreat is a time to explore and deepen our practice of living and worshipping in spiritual community. Registration for the retreat will open in mid-March. For full information, go to https://bym-rsf1-org.presencehost.net/events/spiritform/
June 2017 Events
October 21 - Goose Creek Meeting House Bicentennial Celebration
Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Lincoln, VA)
Join Goose Creek Friends from 10am to 3pm in their celebration of 200 years of the Meeting House. There will be a pot-luck lunch and other activities.
January 2018 Events