Local Meeting and Committee Events

October 2016 Events

October 1 – Menallen Monthly Meeting Workday
Menallen Monthly Meeting

Join Friends from across the Yearly Meeting as we travel to Menallen Monthly Meeting for a day of service. Friends will gather at the Yearly Meeting office in Sandy Spring and then travel by bus to Menallen. For more information go to BYM Menallen Workday or contact Ann Venable, Development Director. (301-774-7663 or development@bym-rs.org)

October 1 - Friends Decision Making presented by Arthur Larrabee
Hopewell Centre Monthly Meeting

Former Philadelphia Yearly Meeting General Secretary Arthur Larrabee will be leading this workshop. The cost is $50 per person and lunch is provided. There are a limited number of spaces still available, and they are expected to fill quickly. There will be a waiting list in case someone drops out. To reserve your space or to submit questions, send email to Betty McCormick. (bjeanmccormick67@gmail.com)

October 8 – Friendly Sing-Along
Frederick Friends Meeting (Frederick, MD)

Who said Quakers don’t sing? Frederick Friends Meeting invites all those who enjoy singing and fellowship to join us at 9:30am. We will enjoy a wide range of music: from songs from the Friends hymnal to karaoke camp songs and pop rock. And the day will include “soulful singing” and guitar-accompanied favorites as well. Bring your favorite easy-to-eat finger foods for the potluck lunch. Child area will be available if requested by September 30. Contact Susanna Laird at SLaird4444@gmail.com for more information.

October 9 – Refugees in our Midst: How can we help?
Sandy Spring Museum (Sandy Spring, MD)

Do you want to understand more about the current refugee crisis and how people of compassion can plug in and help? The Peace Committee of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting and Maryland Welcomes Refugees announce a forum to be held on from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Sandy Spring Museum. There are an unprecedented 20 million refugees in the world at present and over half are children under the age of 18. 42,500 people are forced to flee their homes daily due to conflict and persecution, according to the UNHCR. Nearly 5 million have fled the violence in Syria and at least 200 Syrian families will be resettled in Maryland in the coming months. Join in an afternoon of education, networking and action. Recommended donation at the door - $10.00. Doors open at 12:30 pm for registration and light refreshments. For more information, call Bette Hoover (202-329-4667) or Erinn (410-961-1332). Register at www.Md4refugees.org.

October 16 – 49th Annual Dupont Circle House Tour
Washington, DC

Friends Meeting of Washington is being featured on this tour, and is the site of the tea. The Dupont Circle Citizens Association will hold its 49th Annual House Tour on Sunday, October 16 from 12pm to 5. This year will feature the Northwest section. Topographically, the northwestern edge of the Dupont Circle neighborhood lies at the foot of the Wicomico-Sunderland Escarpment, part of the Atlantic Seaboard fall line, the outer boundary of the original L'Enfant City. In fact, Florida Avenue, which forms the spine of this year's tour, was originally named Boundary Street. Tour-goers will begin in the lowlands of P Street among grand townhouses and rise to the Florida Ave rim where unique buildings featuring panoramic views will be open to the tour – the American Geophysical Union and the new Hepburn Apartments adjacent to the Hilton.

October 22 – Pastoral Care Workshop
Friends Meeting of Washington (Washington, DC)

Friends Meeting of Washington is offering the second of a series of workshops intended to improve pastoral care practices among Friends. Rev. Dr. Ronald Hopson will lead a workshop on predatory behavior, how it manifests itself, what the warning signs are, and how to recognize and contain it. The fee is $20 and includes pizza for lunch. Registration begins at 9:45am and the workshop runs from 10am to 2:30pm. Workshop leader, Ronald E. Hopson, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Divinity at Howard University. He holds a joint appointment in the department of Psychology, and in the School of Divinity. He teaches courses on Psychopathology, the Philosophy of Science, Psychotherapy, the Psychology of Religion, and Pastoral Care.

October 30 – Courage and Resistance in a Nuclear Age Talk and Book Signing
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Sandy Spring, MD)

Washington Post Reporter Dan Zak will discuss his new book Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age. He says “On a tranquil summer night in July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Fort Knox of Uranium in Oak Ridge, Tenn.” His book examines the love-hate relationship the US has to the bomb from the race to achieve atomic power to the solemn 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima. Sister Megan Rice is a peace activist and an octogenarian nun with a criminal record. Four years ago she was one of three who broke into a high security nuclear facility in Tennessee in what was later described as the largest security breach in American atomic history. Carrying a backpack and a deeply held conviction that the United States is breaking international law by quietly keeping up a multibillion-dollar nuclear weapons program, she crawled on her belly under a top security fence, ran across an open field, symbolically poured blood on equipment and raised a banner for peace. For this she was put in prison for three years. Sponsored by Sandy Spring Friends Peace Committee and Pax Christi, the presentation will begin at 3:00pm. For more information, contact Ellen Atkinson (301-774-1328) or Bette Hoover. (bette@justpeacecircles.org)

November 2016 Events

November 5 – Rise Up and Sing
Friends Meeting of Washington (Washington, DC)

Come join us for a spirited singalong concert using our new songbook Rise Again. Bring a copy of the songbook if you have one. Copies will be available to buy or borrow at the concert. If you buy tickets in advance here, tickets will be on a "will call" basis with a list at the door. Admission at the door is for a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children, but if you are able to give more it will help make it possible for those with less means to attend. For more information, see their website. (https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/friends-meeting-washington)

November 5 – Memorial Meeting for Pat Loring
Bethesda Friends Meeting (Bethesda, MD)

Bethesda Friends Meeting invites Friends to a Memorial Meeting to honor the life and mourn the death of Patricia (Pat) Loring on Saturday, November 5th, at 1pm in our Meeting House. Pat was a member of our Meeting and a participant in the Shalem Spiritual Direction program. Throughout the 1990's, she wrote Listening Spirituality and led classes focused on Quaker faith and practices. We all in Baltimore Yearly Meeting benefited from her wisdom, insights, and loving consideration. For more information, contact Ron Akins (RPAkins@yahoo.com) or Peter Nielsen-Jones (pnielsenjones@gmail.com)

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