Quaker Organization Events

September 2016 Events

September 24 – Work Day at William Penn House
William Penn House (Washington, DC)

William Penn House will have an Open House in on Oct. 8th to celebrate 50 years of Quaker service and peace activism on Capitol Hill. Friends are invited to help us get the house ready by participating in a work day from 10am – 12pm. We will weed, mulch, organize furniture and enjoy each others' company. Bring work gloves and trowels or just yourself. Families are most welcome. RSVP with jessica@williampennhouse.org, call 814-769-6906 or just come by.

September 24 – Say the Wrong Thing Book Reading and Musical Performance
William Penn House (Washington, DC)

Dr. Amanda Kemp reads excerpts from her new book, Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community and performs with violinist Michael Jamanis. Part commentary and part memoir, Say the Wrong Thing, takes on racial profiling, interracial relationships, and parenting in the age of Black Lives Matter. Kemp and Jamanis perform music referenced in the book including their signature duet, Chaconne Emancipated, which features excerpt from Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech, poetry by Assata Shakur, and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation over a soundtrack of Bach and African American freedom songs and spirituals. Kemp will also discuss "Strategies of the H.E.A.R.T.," a five-part workshop series that she has launched to help schools, organizations, and people of faith deepen their authentic connections and advance racial justice. This program is appropriate for ages 10 and older. For more information please contact amanda@dramandakemp.com or seewww.dramandakemp.com

September 27 – The Rest of the Story: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Women
Miller Library (Ellicott City, MD)

Although women occupied the innermost circle of dissident theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, they have remained a hole in his life story. Quaker theologian Diane Reynolds explores how they—and he—are relevant to our times. Diane (one of the founders of Patapsco Friends Meeting) has recently graduated from Earlham College. Her research at Earlham centered on theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who gained fame from his assassination attempt on Hitler and subsequent imprisonment and execution. Her dissertation became a mass-media book, about which she will be speaking at Miller Library at 7 pm. Join us to hear the story of her research and to support this Quaker theologian. You'll need to register for this event after Sept. 1. Call the library at (410) 313-1950 or register online at hclibrary.org.

October 2016 Events

October 8 – William Penn House’s 50th Anniversary Service Day and Open House
William Penn House (Washington, DC)

Join us for fun, food, and fellowship to celebrate William Penn House’s 50 years of service and activism in Washington, DC.
9 AM – Noon: Join a hands-on service project with our urban gardening program, helping to promote food justice in DC neighborhoods. In the tradition of Quaker workcamps, we will honor the light in others, build community and make love visible.
Noon – 1:00 PM: Enjoy a BBQ lunch back at William Penn House with all the fixings.
1:00 – 3:00 PM: Open House - Tour William Penn House and learn about its history of service and activism, complete with a visit from William Penn himself!
Families, individuals, and groups of all ages are welcome. This event is free, but registration is required. Register by Sept. 26 at williampennhouse.org. Space is limited, so register early. Questions? Contact Jessica Arends. (jessica@williampennhouse.org)

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 – Open House
Sandy Spring Friends School (Sandy Spring, MD)

Are you considering a Friends education for your child? Please join us on Sunday, October 16th from 1-3:30PM to learn more about our academically rigorous college preparatory program for children in PK (ages 3 and 4) – 12th Grade. Our students develop a love of learning through close collaboration with their teachers and peers (average class size is 14). We invite you to come and learn about our inquiry-based approach, and how we incorporate the natural beauty of our 140-acre campus in hands-on learning. During the Open House families will be able to tour the campus, talk with teachers, and hear more about our programs. Student and parent ambassadors will be available to answer questions and talk further about the SSFS experience and community. We hope you can make it! Please RSVP.

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