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Information on the October 24th

"Call to Action Threshing Session"

COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues 

  1. Outdoors on the breezeway at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
  2. Online via Zoom (ask us for the Zoom link via our Contact Us form)
  • Click here for our Weekly Bulletin, which has details about our week's activities and programs, opportunities to learn and meet in Spirit with each other, and our outdoor Meeting Covid restrictions
  • Children's playground supervision is available for ages 3+ during 11:00 a.m. worship.  

Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting

We're Quakers who meet every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Our meetinghouse is on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
We are now worshiping via Zoom as well as in person, outdoors.  

We strive for:

SIMPLICITY - Learning to discern the essential from the non-essential.

PEACE - Living in a spirit that takes away the occasion for all war.

INTEGRITY - Being who we truly are and truly meaning what we say.

COMMUNITY - Knowing that we need one another in order to be whole.

EQUALITY - Knowing that everyone, everywhere is equally precious to God. This includes people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, races, ethnicities, levels of resources, and theological perspectives.

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for the environment and using time and resources wisely, not wastefully.

We are a welcoming community.
We believe there is that of the Divine
in every person.

See more videos and learn more about Quakers at

Exploring and Deepening Our Quaker Faith and Practice
  • Starting Sunday, October 10 at 9:30-10:30 a.m., and continuing monthly on the second Sunday. 
  • We will watch a video and then have a discussion on Quaker faith and practice for both those new to Meeting and those looking to deepen their experience.
  • Scroll up to see the first video on "What do Quakers do in Silent Worship?" or click here.
  • For more details about the classes, click here

    Comparative Religions
    • A Bible study using the Great Courses series Religions of the Axial Age (800-200 BCE) to examine religions of the ages. 
    • Meeting weekly by Zoom, starting Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m., for a half-hour video lecture and a half hour discussion. Text of the lectures are also provided. 
    • Join anytime as the sessions are independent of each other. 

    For more details, click here

    The Social Concerns Box for October supports the Interfaith Works housing program which provides affordable housing and social services to homeless families in Montgomery County as they transition from homelessness to independence.

    • On any given day in Montgomery County, 1,100 people are homeless. Between 2005 and 2015 childhood poverty increased from 4% to almost 10%. BFM has been one of the member organizations for more than 25 years.
    • To donate online to this Social Concern, you can go to:   Be sure to designate that your contribution is for the September social concern.  
    • You can also send a check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Assistant Treasurer, 3050 Military Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20015. Please write the designation on the memo line.

    Answering The Call To Equality:
    A Threshing Session

    Sunday, Oct 24 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. via Zoom

    Please join us as we gather via Zoom to engage in a “threshing” session. To request the Zoom link, please use our "Contact us" form.

    We seek to clarify whether BFM wishes to take a journey toward healing the harm, reducing the impact, understanding and counteracting systemic racism within ourselves, our community, and the world.


    1.   In what way is systemic racism an area of continuing revelation on our testimonies of Equality, Integrity, and Community which calls us to concerted collective effort and action to support uprooting systemic racism and developing the “Beloved Community”?
    2.    What internal work do we need to undertake in our mindset, behavior, words, processes, and systems to avoid unwittingly perpetuating systemic racism in ourselves as we seek to take collective actions to uproot it in the external world?
    3.    What is the support and expertise we need to see our biases and address the resistance, pain, fear, anger, hurt, shame, and guilt that might arise, so we can move forward to effective action?
    4.    What level of time and energy are we willing to commit at both an individual and community level?
    5.    At what level are we prepared to pay for external expertise and how would we secure funds (budget adjustments and/or special fund-raising)? (Note: there is an offer by a family in the Meeting to make a contribution matching that of the Meeting)

    Kathryn Pettus, a member of Baltimore Friends Meeting, Stony Run, has agreed to clerk this session and has provided a brief description of threshing sessions and the role of the clerk. 

    • BFM has formed an End of Life Group to provide legal, spiritual, and practical resources to help our community cope with the uncertainties and fears surrounding the end of life. 
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly elevated concerns about the health of family and friends, and the possibility that they could become gravely ill and die. 
    • Although conversations with our loved ones about such a possibility are difficult, it’s important to prepare.
    • Please click here to see more details and resources. 

    Upcoming events

    Black Lives Matter walk in Bethesda, MD

    Resource: How to Calculate your Carbon Footprint

    To follow up on this past event

    Use our Carbon Footprint Resources (pdf)


    Sunday Meeting for Worship

    (Please click here to see BFM's worship schedule

    11:00 AM Every Sunday 

    Visitors are welcome.

    BFM Book Group

    Via Zoom while our Meetinghouse is closed.

    Please contact Leslie S. [see Directory] for an update.

    1:30 - 3:15 PM
    2nd Saturday of each month

    Please click here to find the event on our calendar.

    Wednesday Mid-Week Worship

    While the Meeting House is closed, our mid-week Worship on Wednesdays is meeting virtually.

    If you wish to join the  group, please read the weekly announcement here. After the virtual Meeting there is a sharing time afterwards. 

    8:00-8:30 PM
    Every Wednesday

    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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