Bethesda Friends Meeting



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COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

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

  1. Indoors in the Meetinghouse at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
  2. Online via Zoom. 
    • Click here for more details about BFM Covid restrictions and information about our weekly activities and worship
    • Child Care for ages 6 months-pre-K is available in the Child Care room (lower level in the Meetinghouse).  during 11:00 a.m. worship.  See information and guidelines here.  
    • First Day School meets September through mid-June on the first and third Sundays during 11:00 a.m. worship for fully vaccinated teachers and children in grades K-8.  Please see the FDS schedule and guidelines in our weekly bulletin. 


      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 indoors.  

      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 & learn more about Quakers at quakerspeak.com

      BFM' s Social Concern for July is Jubilee Jobs, which since 1981 has placed nearly 27,000 people into marketplace employment. Work for sustenance, dignity, and hope describes the common goals Jubilee Jobs shares with those in need, including those who are homeless, in recovery, ex-offenders, public welfare recipients, and recent immigrants. It provides continuing support for up to two years. For details: www.jubileejobs.org


      Pandemic Silver Linings

      It is mid-2022, and we've been asking whether the pandemic led to any surprising, helpful, delightful, or important personal discoveries.

        Sunlight shines on a glass of water next to a pad of paper and a pen. (iStock photo)

        Does this question speak to you? If so, please consider sharing what you learned. 

        • An outline might be: What did you discover? How did you discover it? What difference did it make? 
        • Writers of all ages are welcome. Brevity, too. Anonymity is fine; photos and artwork are very welcome.  
        • Please email contributions to both Peggy E. and Frank G. (see your print directory). 
        • To visit the current submissions, please click here.  

        July 2022: Next Steps in Our Collective Journey to Redress Systemic Racism

        The Diversity Change and Threshing Prep groups are pleased and grateful to share that our proposal for “A Collective Journey to Redress Systemic Racism,” which was originally presented at the June 5, 2022, Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, was approved at the 17 July Meeting.

        • Now we’re seeking to get a sense of who already knows they wish to participate and who is still contemplating taking the journey with us and wishes to have further questions answered so they can make an informed decision.
        • For more information and to contact the Diversity Change/Threshing Prep groups, please click here
        COVID-19 AND END OF LIFE ISSUES
        • 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. 


        COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS

        • This summer, through September, the Comparative Religions class will continue a 12-lecture series from Great Courses entitled Hinduism, taught by Mark W. Muesse, an American philosopher, theologian, and teacher. You can learn more about it here

        • We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. for a half hour lecture and a half hour discussion. 

        • A group of 8 to 10 has been meeting, and we greatly enjoy the fellowship as much as the lessons. You are welcome to join anytime. 

        • Use our Contact Us form to get the Zoom link, or see your email bulletin. Each session is self-contained, so you can attend any session.

        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)

        RECURRING EVENTS

        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

        www.bethesdafriends.org
        301-986-8681
        info@bethesdafriends.org

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