Bethesda Friends Meeting

Spiritual State of the Meeting (SSOM)


In February, the Ministry & Worship (M&W) Committee will conduct its discernment process for writing the 2019 Spiritual State of the Meeting report. M&W relies on the insights of everyone in our community in drafting this report.

The queries we encourage you to consider are:

Query 1. How well does our Meeting nurture our spiritual lives and provide opportunities for rich and supportive interactions amongst all of us?

Query 2.  How might we deepen our capacity for compassion and generosity as we interact with individuals, groups, and organizations external to our Meeting community?

There will be multiple opportunities to share your thoughts, including:

  • Through reflections during Meeting for Business (February 2),
  • Conversations at a table during potluck (February 9),
  • Through a worship sharing session at 12:30 on February 16 (in the classroom at the back left side of the multi-purpose room).
  • Through requests to all committees (via email and via discussion at your February committee meeting). 

If you prefer, feel free to e-mail any member of M&W with your thoughts (Lydia A., Margaret B., Ralph B., Jackie D., Deb F., Stephanie K., Linda M., Doug S., Eric S. and Georgianna Z.).

Friends who would like to submit input online can do so by using this link:

A first reading of the report will be held at the March Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business,

with a second reading in April.

After approval, it is forwarded to Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

The committee expresses its deep gratitude to everyone for participating in this moment of communal discernment.

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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