Bethesda Friends Meeting

Social Justice

“Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one.” - George Fox
Bethesda Friends Meeting (BFM) puts its faith into action through engagement in peace-building, social justice, and environmental stewardship. Advocacy, education, and financial support of community groups are among the paths toward that goal. This work is led by the Peace and Social Justice Committee (P&SJ) and by other groups set up by BFM Friends, such as the Environmental Sustainability Group.

Forums and Programs

Bethesda Friends Meeting sponsors various Forums and Workshops, usually at the Morella Library in downtown Bethesda Some of these programs will now be scheduled via Zoom.

BFM "Monday Event"

October 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m. 

A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights

--with Susan Strasser  

BACKGROUND: American voting has historically been restricted on the basis of many things other than race, including gender, class, ethnicity, religion, age, and personal history. But race stands out. Only African Americans have had the right to vote granted and repeatedly taken away. Voting has been one aspect of a larger system of racist laws and customs, and the right to vote has been intertwined with the rights to good education, housing, and jobs. And that system has been backed by violence, terror, and intimidation.

THIS PROGRAM: Using nearly sixty images and maps, "A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights" surveys this history, with emphasis on two moments of possibility—Reconstruction and the early 1960s— and on recent attacks on the right to vote. Historian Susan Strasser seeks to serve people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism. This is the third of a series of her illustrated talks, "A White Historian Reads Black History." 


  • Presented on Zoom by BFM's Peace and Social Justice Committee over two nights – Oct 5th and 6th at 7:00 pm.
  • The first night’s talk will last approximately 40 minutes.
  • The second night will last about an hour and have include time for questions and discussion. 
  • You must register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions, please email forum [at]

    Past events

    Monday, June 10, 2019:  Workshop on "Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown"

    • Project Drawdown is a coalition of more than 200 researchers and other experts from 22 countries led by author, environmentalist, and entrepreneur, Paul Hawken
    • Over the course of 5 years of rigorous scientific research, they identified and modeled the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions for addressing global warming and revealed astounding news: that it is possible not just to slow global warming, but to actually reverse it by 2050.

    Links to the handouts (click to see and print)

    1. Drawdown Descriptions of 100 Solutions, listed by their group Sectors
    2. Drawdown Solutions, listed by their group Sectors and their Ranking
    3. Drawdown Suggestions on how an individual can get started with reversing global warming

    March 18, 2019: Forum on Climate Change Policy in 2019: What Citizens Can Do at Federal, State & Local Levels.

    • How we can make a difference regarding the climate crisis from organizations like Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Chesapeake Climate Network as well as local activists and Jamie Raskin's office.
    February 2019: Carbon Footprint Training 

    As dire warnings abound regarding the threat of global climate change, have you stopped to examine your household’s carbon footprint?

    Calculating your carbon footprint is simple, and we’ll show you how. It’s sure to be an eye-opener!

    • This document gives a list of our Carbon Footprint Resources (choose PDF or Word).
    • Here are our Training/Presentation slides (choose PDF or PowerPoint).

    For more Peace & Social Justice information at BFM, please click on these links:


    Financial support
    BFM supports a number of causes via our monthly social concerns donation box, as well as direct aid through our annual budget designations.
    Please click here to see the social concerns that BFM supports and how you can help with financial donations.

    BFM Black Lives Matter walk

    Service Day at "A Wider Circle" in Silver Spring, MD

    BFM students collect coats for Syrian refugees

    DC Quaker booth at Capital Pride

    BFM children at a Walk for the Homeless event

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    Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

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