Local Meeting and Committee Events
January 9 – Parenting Workshop
Bethesda Public Library (Bethesda, MD)
Bethesda Friends Meeting presents a free Parenting Workshop, beginning at 7:00pm. Preventing and Responding to Bullying. Join us for this interactive, responsive conversation and leave with strategies for having discussions with children and teens. The leaders are Jen Cort and Brooke Carroll – educational consultants, clinicians, former school administrators, and parents of middle and high school students. www.jencort.com and www.bcarrollconsulting.com
February 3 – 5 – Annapolis Friends Meeting Silent Retreat
Dayspring Retreat Center (Germantown, MD)
Our winter silent retreat at Dayspring awaits us. I hope you can experience the beauty of woods, meadows and ponds. We hope you can share the warmth of the fire at the hearth and in our hearts as we listen for the still small voice. While Annapolis Friends will have priority at this retreat, all Friends and friends of Friends are welcome and encouraged to register. We have always had plenty of room at the Dayspring Inn. For more information or for the registration form, contact Jean Christianson. (410-544-1912 or email@example.com)
February 11 – Family of Friends: How can we help Quaker community work?
Friends Meeting of Washington (Washington, DC)
People come to communities of faith seeking not just divinity, but the affirmation of humanity through relationship. And herein lies the difficulty. Close relationships are easily thrown off balance in community. Conflict can be an opportunity for greater intimacy, but all too often it drives us apart. This workshop will take seriously the Quaker tenant that we are all ministers. Family Systems Theory will help us to understand relational dynamics in our Quaker communities. In his book, Generation to Generation, Friedman writes to help clergy deal with healthy and unhealthy patterns of human connection in faith communities. Just as families have patterns of relating that lead to health or harm, so too do communities of faith have recognizable patterns. Using our collective experience, we will seek pastoral interventions to alleviate discord. We will reflect upon how our habits of relating help or hinder dynamics of friendship in Quaker community. Please RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-483-3310) so we can get an accurate count for lunch and so that we can send optional background reading. 9:45am to 2:30pm.
March 19 – Intervisitation Traveler’s Gathering
Richmond Friends Meeting (Richmond, MD)
The Intervisitation Working Group invites you to join us. Our goal is to facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation among Yearly Meetings, as well as local Meetings. Come join us in practicing being a friendly ambassador under the care of BYM. We hope by sharing worship and fellowship with other Friends, we can develop a wider perspective and respect for one another. If you have interest in learning about how other Friends worship and embrace Quakerism, this Working Group could be a good fit for you. If you are interested but can't travel, you are still very welcome. Please join us to learn more at our Traveler's Gathering on March 19 at Richmond Friends Meeting. Hope to see you soon.
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.