In November 2019, Bethesda Friends Meeting thought carefully about the religious/spiritual education of BFM adults. All agreed that educational programs and forums for our adults are an important function that should continue, even if there is not a standing committee to organize these sessions.
Both the Nominating Committee and the current Adult Religious Education Committee proposed laying down the formal Adult Religious Education (ARE) committee as a separate committee for 2020.
In the place of a standing ARE Committee, the group proposed
Asking each committee to take responsibility for organizing periodic programs of interest to that committee, in particular asking Ministry & Worship to take the lead on spiritual programming, and
Providing a mechanism to coordinate the scheduling of committee-sponsored programs or forums.
This might take the form of asking each committee that supports programming to appoint one or more committee members to serve on a programming coordinating committee that would have the limited role of coordinating schedules and topics, or the designation of a single individual to address such schedule coordination.
This will normally include a standard session on "Introduction to Quakerism" once a year, usually in the fall.
Friends approved proceeding with these proposals. As programming is developed and scheduled, it will be listed in the Newsletter, on the website Events calendar, and on this web page.
These Adult Educational Programs will usually be held on the 2nd (and perhaps the 4th) Sundays, usually at 9:30 a.m. and usually in the "common area classroom" in the Groome Building
**Hunger Relief in Montgomery County -- This event will be rescheduled after BFM re-opens
Jackie DeCarlo, member of our Meeting and CEO of the Manna Food Center, will talk about new trends in hunger relief in Montgomery County and how her participation in the life of Bethesda Friends shapes her professional journey. Please click here for more information.
**Effective, Spirit-Led Quaker Committees -- This event will be rescheduled after BFM re-opens
NOTE: The location is in the "common area classroom" in the Groome Building (enter the building via the patio & breezeway, go across the cafeteria to the left side of the stage, then pass through the stairwell into the classroom area). This room is wheelchair accessible.
Past adult education programs and events Please use the Contact Us form if you would like BFM to consider repeating a class listed below.