Local Meeting and Committee Events

October 2016 Events

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)

November 19 – STRIDE Square Dance
Lovely Lane United Methodist Church (Baltimore, MD)

Come join us for a night of dancing, music, and fun, while supporting genuine diversity at Baltimore Yearly Meeting summer camps! The square dance will be called and played by Slim Harrison and Thomas Jolin, members of "the Barnstormers." The dance will begin at 7:00pm and goes until 10:00. Sliding scale contribution: $7 - $20. Popcorn and snacks from Wilde Thyme Catering will be sold throughout the evening! Wear your SQUARE dancing shoes! *Additional donations welcome, all proceeds go to camper scholarship. Stay tuned for pre-sold tickets at local Quaker meetings and area businesses.* 100% of proceeds will go to pay tuition for a group of Baltimore youth between the ages of 9 and 14 to attend an outdoor residential summer camp for two weeks. Opequon Quaker Camp is a residential program where young people engage in hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, swimming, sports, arts, and team-building. We are committed to ensuring that young people from all racial, geographical, and economic backgrounds have the opportunity to benefit from such an environment. In addition, we feel strongly that the young people we sponsor contribute much to the communities they are a part of and that all campers benefit from the presence of these youth at the camp. In addition to providing 80% of tuition to these families, we also provide transportation, gear, orientation, and other family support. To create a continuous experience, we commit to supporting each youth for all years he or she is age-eligible to attend. Furthermore, we provide training for staff at the camp to ensure they are prepared to support campers of all backgrounds. Though the camp is run by a Quaker Meeting, young people of all faiths (or none) are welcome and supported to bring and share their own wisdom and culture. Please invite your friends, family, and any youth you know who would be interested! If you have any questions, please contact Giovanna Selvaggio at giovannaxselvaggio@gmail.com or Kiah Gibian at kiahgibian@gmail.com.

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