weekly bfm bulletin and events
BFM now offers indoor worship (in addition to Zoom worship)
Indoor Child Care (infants-pre-K) and First Day School for K-8 is held according to the calendar below. Adults and children age 5 and over must be vaccinated and observe the standard Covid rules.
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Sunday~May 22, 2022 -- Also see our Events listing
Head of Meeting: Bernie B. On May 29, Doug S.
Pastoral Care: If you have concerns about personal issues or questions about membership, Bethesda Friends Meeting, or Quaker faith and practice, please be in touch with today's Friendly Ear (a member of the Pastoral Care Committee, see your email bulletin and the person will be introduced at the end of Worship each Sunday).
The Social Concern for May is Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR). RSWR is a Quaker micro-credit organization that supports grassroots income-generating projects led by women, many of whom are making less than a dollar a day. Their mission statement reads: God calls us to the right sharing of world resources, from the burdens of materialism and poverty into the abundance of God’s love, to work for equity through partnership with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. In 2021, RSWR made 42 grants totaling $602,000 to fund groups which supported 1,110 women to start small businesses in India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. To learn more, see: www.rswr.org
To donate online to this Social Concern, you can go to: https://www.bethesdafriends.org/Donate-Online-Now. Be sure to designate that your contribution is for the social concern. You can also send a check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Assistant Treasurer: M. Ballard, 3050 Military Rd, NW, Apt. 834, Washington, DC 20015. Please write the designation on the memo line.
You're also welcome to donate to Bethesda Friends Meeting directly to support all Meeting activities via the same methods (online or by check).
Religious Education: There will be no First Day School on Sunday May 15 due to the Spring Family Gathering and potluck at the Ingram family farm later in the day. If you are a family with school-aged children and would like to join other families, FDS teachers and members of the RE committee on 5/15, please email Susan M.
11:00 - 12:10 on Sunday Meeting for Worship. Bethesda Friends worship together simultaneously in two venues. Friends can (a) participate by Zoom, or (b) join us indoors in the Meeting House on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
Visitors: If you'd like the Zoom link for online worship with our community, please use our "Contact us" form and tell us about your interest in Bethesda Friends. We welcome your joining us.
Please join the Diversity Change and Threshing Prep Groups on Sunday May 22, 2:00-3:15 PM to meet consultants from reparationWorks (Lucy Duncan & Rob Peagler), whose response to BFM’s Request For Proposals was most aligned to our aspirations following the Meeting's fall threshing session on systemic racism. We are interested in having them support BFM’s work to counter systemic racism in ourselves, our community, and the world. Lucy is a nationally known Quaker (formerly of AFSC) who has been active in this area for some time; her life and work partner, Rob, is a black social entrepreneur who has spearheaded creative projects on diversity and inclusion in the Philadelphia area. They will describe their approach to working with BFM and you will have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the substance of the work. Please use our "Contact us" form to request the Zoom link.
Experiment with Light. Experiment with Light is a meditative and centering practice based upon Rex Ambler’s book Light to Live By, which describes early Quaker meditative habits and translates them into a highly accessible process of clearness and understanding. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can follow the prompts at home and write or draw responses you have experienced during those prompts. Here is the link to the prompts:https://experiment-with-light.org.uk/meditations/. We usually use the meditation on the individual in modern language, full length, 37 minute version. Then around 8:30 p.m., if you would like to worship-share from your meditation experience via Zoom. For details or questions: Jane M. C. or use our "Contact us" form.
The Comparative Religions class In April, the Comparative Religions class will start a 12-lecture series from Great Courses entitled Introduction to the Qur'an, taught by Prof. Martyn Oliver of American University. We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm for a half hour lecture and a half hour discussion. A group of 8 to 10 has been meeting, and we greatly enjoy the fellowship as much as the lessons.You are welcome to join anytime. For more information, contact Alex B. or use our "Contact us" form.
Bethesda Friends Meeting’s stay-at-home Mid-Week Worship by e-mail on Wednesdays, from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. While some of our regulars prefer to simply join in Spirit at the appointed time, others enjoy the brief connection provided by an email at the start and end of worship. At rise of meeting, those on that session's email list who are moved to do so may share experiences by reply-all. Contact Dot L. (see Directory) for more information.
BYM Young Friends Conference (high school aged) is happening May 27-29 at Goose Creek Friends Meeting in Purcellville, VA. Find out more and register here. For details, please contact Sunshine K., email@example.com
Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology Please feel welcome to attend the Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology, at Pendle Hill, in Wallingford PA, from Friday, May 27, 6:00 p.m., through lunch on Monday, May 30. FCRP is dedicated to individual spiritual exploration with a focus on in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology. The conference is open to all.
Do You Have a Graduate in Your Family? Each year at this time we like to celebrate the graduates from high school and college and those receiving advanced degrees. Please let us know by sending an e-mail to Jane M.C. by no later than June 10 for recognition in the July newsletter.
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