Bethesda Friends Meeting

Adult Religious Education (ARE)

The Adult Religious Education (ARE) Committee schedules classes on a variety of topics. Anyone is welcome to attend! They are usually held 1-2 times a month at 9:30 a.m. in the basement (music) room of the SAM building (Science, Arts, Music building) of Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.

Please look below or check our calendar or current newsletter for an up-to-date schedule. The usual dates are the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.

Below is a list of some previous and upcoming events. Some titles will click through to additional information.

**June 30, 2019, 9:30 in the Music Room

Spiritual Journeys Series: Lauren Brownlee

Please join us to hear Lauren talk about the influences on and sources of her spiritual unfolding, and what have been the fruits of her spiritual journey.  

If you'd like child care through Grade 6 while attending, please contact Marion Harrell (see Directory) 10 days in advance.  

** July 21, 9:30

“Spiritual Coffee House”  --Please join us. Friends are encouraged to bring writings, poems, songs, music, artwork, photography, and anything else that speaks to your heart and your spirit.

  • These can be your own creations, or the creations of others.
  • Even if you choose not to bring anything, please feel welcome to join us and experience the joy of sharing what inspires us and opens our hearts. 
  • Bernie Benson will lead us in what has become a beloved tradition of gathering twice a year to share delight and inspiration from the arts.  
  • Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the patio between the Meeting House and the SAM Building.  If it rains, we will meet in the Music Room. 

Past ARE Events  Please contact the ARE committee clerk if you would like them to consider repeating a class listed below.


  • May 15, 2019: 7-9 PM: Joan Maxwell on "Soul Support: Providing Emotional and Spiritual Support to the Dying," based on her memoir, Soul Support: Spiritual Encounters at Life's End

  • April 14, 2019, 9:30: Deborah Haines on "William Penn and Equality." 

  • March 24, 2019, 9:30: Discussion on "The Burning One-ness Binding Everything," a Pendle-Hill pamphlet by Bruce Birchard.
  • January 20, 2019, 9:30: 6 sessions of "An Introduction to Quaker Faith and Practice." Sessions held on 1/20, 1/27, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, and 3/10, using Letters to a Fellow Seeker by Steve Chase.
  • January 13, 2019: "William Penn and Equality" (postponed to April)
  • November 28, 2018: "My Favorite Quaker"
  • October 14, 2018: My Summer of Solidarity
  • September 23, 2018: Radical Faithfulness in Action
  • July 22, 2018: Spiritual Coffeehouse
  • June 24, 2018: Good Grief: Co-Creating Ourselves by the Choices We Make
  • June 10, 2018: Spiritual Formation Information Session
  • May 13, 2018: Are we a Blessed/Beloved Community? Handout link here.
  • March 25, 2018: Margaret Fell and the Growth of Early Quakerism
  • March 11, 2018: Worship Sharing to consider our best responses to the challenges of the current political and cultural environment
  • February 25, 2018: Friends and Money
  • February 11, 2018: Workshop on Implicit Bias (Sponsored by Peace & Social Justice Committee)
  • January 28, 2018: Spiritual State of the Meeting.
  • January 14, 2018: Spiritual Coffee House.


  • November 12, 2017: Living in Afghanistan.
  • October, November, December, 2017: Six-class series "Exploring Quaker Faith and Practice."

  • August 13, 2017: Spiritual Coffeehouse.

  • June 11, 2017: Sharing our Journeys to Quaker Faith and Practice.

  • May 28, 2017: What we Learned Listening to Trump Voters in Conway, S.C. (Jane Chalmers & Frank Greves) Summary essay.

  • May 14, 2017: Vocal Ministry Workshop. (Guest leader: Betsy Meyer, past clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting) Summary documents: Vocal Ministry-1 and Vocal Ministry-2.
  • April 9, 2017: Spiritual Journey Series (Ralph Steinhardt)
  • March 12, 2017: Spiritual Journey Series (Alex Bell)
  • February 12, 2017: “Faith and Practice”: A discussion of the document that was written by Baltimore Yearly Meeting as a guideline for the meetings within BYM. (Susan Kaul)
  • January 22, 2017: Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Recent Election. (Bernie Benson & Stephanie Koenig) Essay by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
  • January 8, 2017: Interfaith Worship Sharing -- based on the queries: “How can we most effectively foster a caring attitude among all the faiths in our community? What helps us to listen deeply to one another, and to understand one another’s perspective? How can we best support one another?” (This forum was a collaboration between the Omega Interfaith Forum and Bethesda Friends Meeting.)
  • October & November 2016: Exploring Quakerism: A 6-part series for newcomers as well as more recent and long-time Friends. Series summary.

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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