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 (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.
** Sunday, January 12, at 9:15 a.m. in the Groome building common area classroom, using the directions outlined above
"Held in the Light for Transformative Conversations about Race"
We are all are invited to participate in transformative conversations about race. (Please note the early start time.)
If you'd like child care through Grade 6 while attending, please use the "Contact Us" form or email Marion H. (see Directory) 10 days in advance.
**Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. in the Groome building common area classroom, using the directions outlined above
"End of Life Care: Five Wishes"
The Pastoral Care Committee will host a session on making our end-of-life-care wishes known well ahead of the time they might be needed.
Using the Five Wishes booklet, this will be a very helpful way to alert medical professionals and loved ones about what is important to you in your care.
Please join us to learn more about the Five Wishes. Copies of the Five Wishes booklet are available in the BFM Library (southwest corner shelves, near the Pendle Hill pamphlets) or see: https://fivewishes.org/#. For more details about the session, use the Contact Us form on the website.
This forum follows up on Bill Dietrich’s two presentations (Living in the Gift of Presence and In the Light of Death) in September and November.
Past adult education programs and events Please use the Contact Us form if you would like BFM to consider repeating a class listed below.