Belief Statements ("Minutes")

BFM Statements of Belief are commonly called “Minutes”

A Minute” is a statement of belief that an individual or group would like to record for others to see, both now and in the future about a certain topic or person.

At BFM, each Minute is recorded in the minutes of our Business Meetings, and each one is held as a permanent record of our Meeting’s convictions. A Minute will become part of the history of this Meeting. It can be used to stimulate thought and discussion among other Meetings and/or to inform various decision-makers beyond our Meeting of our deeply held beliefs.

 Alice Paul and her Quaker Witness
On June 2, 2019, at Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, BFM will consider the adoption of a minute to lift up the story of Alice Paul, a Quaker Friend who made major contributions to the effort to give women the right to vote in the early 1900s.
As part of this decision, the minute and an essay about Alice Paul's life and work from a Quaker perspective are posted on this website.
Please click here to read the proposed minute and the essay. 

 Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) Peace Minutes
The BYM Peace and Social Concerns Committee works to bring to life the testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends.
  • In August 2017, Baltimore Yearly Meeting approved this minute at their annual sessions:
"Minute regarding Consideration of US Renewed Military Action
Against North Korea."
Please click here to read more details about this Minute and the Peace & Social Concerns committee.  

 Selected “minutes” of Bethesda Friends Meeting
  1. Minute on Marriages under the Care of Bethesda Friends Meeting. Minute on Marriages (2015)
  2. Prevention and Peaceful Resolution of International Conflicts. Peace Epistle (1996)

Bethesda Friends Meeting
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824
Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland
We are a member of the Religious Society of Friends
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