October 28, 2022

Silence - Listening - and Shaking the Table

Holy is what happens when there’s nothing between your belief and what you do.   
~ Meg Day, “Vespers"

If you are participating in an indoor event at Adelphi Meeting,
please consult these UPDATED COVID-related requirements 

If you are connecting on line to a meeting for worship or business
or a second hour, please 

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On Sundays:
At 8:45 am           
   - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
At 9:50 am              - Listening to music (indoors) or singing along (on Zoom) 
At 10 am                 - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
At 10:20 am            - First Day School classes - Grades 1 to 5 & Young Friends
At rise of meeting   -  Pot luck lunch in person or with random small groups on line
12:15 pm                -  (Often) a "Second Hour" discussion, or meeting for business
At 7 pm                   - Meeting for Worship via Zoom

On Wednesdays:
At noon                   - 
Meeting for worship for healing a broken world, via Zoom
At 7:30 pm              - Bible Study via Zoom - focusing on the Book of John
For those attending virtually, check here for Zoom links and more details,
including information on the activities of Takoma Park Preparative Meeting.                               
---------------------------------------------Special ----------------------------------------------

October 30:            - Enriching the Silence: A Worship Sharing Event (see below)
12:15 pm         

November 12:        - Memorial Service for Beth Anderson   
At 2 pm

November 13:       
 - Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business
At 12:15 pm

And for Next Generations... 

For the younger children, ages 0 through kindergarten, the Nursery opens from 10 a.m. to 11:30 each Sunday in the white house.

Children in 1st through 5th grades and Young Friends worship with their families (and all of us) from 10 to 10:20 and then go to their classes with their teachers. 

We are still looking for one paid worker and one more volunteer for the Nursery.  Here is the job description for the paid position.  

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

Coming Right Up: 

Enriching the Silence: A Worship Sharing Event

Sunday, October 30th, 12:15 pm

Ministry & Worship invites Friends to participate in an exploration of our core spiritual practice. This is an opportunity to examine and share our practices, desires, experiences, challenges and breakthroughs (however we define these things), as we navigate the silence and consider messages.  Our intention is to examine what we do now, and consider possibilities that might help make MfW more meaningful in exactly the ways we hope for and aspire to.

Please begin to ponder the territory we will explore. Here are some queries and thoughts for you to consider. You are warmly invited to join us. Contact Judith Goedeke via Breeze for more information.

Please note:  This will be a blended meeting.  The Zoom connection will be the same as the one for Meeting for Worship. Our technical hosts will try to create a more intimate space for discussion for those who meet in the meetinghouse.  While we will wear masks inside, social distancing may not be possible.  Please keep these factors in mind as you choose how to join in. 

Silence creates the space for listening to God.
It provides time to explore our relationship to Source.
The practice of being in this silence nurtures our capacity to listen to others.

~ Kay Lindahl in The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

What Happened in This Month's Meeting for Business?

Here are the draft minutes for our October 9 Meeting for Business. 
(Spoiler alert:  Here's what happened:)

In addition to updates from the Building Committee, Ministry and Worship committee, and the white house resident search committee, 

  • we heard and discussed a first reading of the FY 23 Budget;
  • we heard about a revised draft of a statement of Adelphi Meeting's commitment to anti-racism and a plan for second hour on October 23;
  • we heard from Outreach and Fellowship Committee about a concern about how we live up to the commitments inherent in our four minutes about LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and the committee's plans to explore this concern in an upcoming second hour discussion; and
  • we discussed a proposed minute from Peace and Social Concerns Committee's working group on Reproductive Justice.  (See below.)

Minute on Reproductive Justice

On Sunday, October 23, the working group on Reproductive Justice brought a revised minute to a Called Meeting for Business; the minute was approved. The working group offers this list of resources and actions that we can undertake support of the minute. The group meets on third Mondays at 7:30; the next meeting will be Monday 11/21. Ideas and participants are welcome, including on a drop-in basis. Contact Sharon Stout through Breeze to receive the Zoom link.

Friends Community School Bulletin

Check out the many photos of the fall festival (who knew it was such a big event?) and the school's "new tradition" -- Meeting Partners --  in which middle school classes are paired with lower school classes.  It's all here

The Wider World of Quakers

Coming Up Soon:

BYM Interim Meeting

Saturday, November 5th

Join Friends at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting and on Zoom as we gather to conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting.  Find more information here.

Are you in that "Middle Third" ?

.... definitely aged out of Young Adult Friends, but you’re not quite ready to move to the Friends retirement community?  And yet…maybe you’re hungry for a rich spiritual life and connections to other Friends in your stage of life? Apparently, you're not alone.  Some other Friends in that "middle third" are reaching out to find out who else is out there. They have few "hello, are you there?" questions on this form. (They promise they are not a cover for any nominating committee!)  If you're willing to mention your interest in connecting - and when that would be possible in your real life - please take a look at the response form. 

You know what they say:  "One minute you are young and wild, and the next you're into air fryers!" 

Pendle Hill Presents: 

An Online First Monday lecture with Valerie Brown:

Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace"

Dec 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, registration required.  She writes: 
Life’s fragility, fear, and anxiety, and our own self-sabotage can derail us from growing and thriving, leaving us stuck, fractured, and constantly second-guessing ourselves. How can we gain greater self-awareness and bravery to break these patterns? This lecture is based on Valerie’s latest book: Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace. Read more and register here. 

Also from Pendle Hill: 

A podcast series, "Welcome to the Seed:  Dreams and Visions" hosted by Dwight Dunston and Pendle Hill Executive Director Francisco Burgos.  Several more episodes to come this month.  Learn more here and listen.

Friends Journal presents: 

Stirring Things Up by Being Ourselves, an interview with Ithaca Friend Nicole Nettleton about her work for the past year building a network among Differently Abled Friends and Allies, under the care of NY Yearly Meeting.

Learn - Advocate - Act

Coming Up Tomorrow -- Saturday, October 29th at 10 am

Mutual Aid: A Friendly Approach

In this interactive workshop with Rashid Darden on Zoom, Friends will walk through the surprisingly colorful history of mutual aid. How do fezzes and tents connect with food pantries? What’s the difference between charity and true mutual aid? Find out! Friends will also learn skills necessary to begin their own mutual aid ministries in their local meetings. This workshop will be recorded. Contact Marcy Seitel via Breeze with questions. Learn more and register here.

Coming Up Soon: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm

Land Reparations: A Journey of the Heart

A Pendle Hill webinar on Zoom. The land on which we live, work, and worship is land to which its original inhabitants belonged and from whom it was stolen. Acknowledging this systemic land theft is only a first step in healing the injuries a pervasive settler/colonist culture inflicted on Indigenous Peoples. We now have an opportunity to shift our consciousness from "we-them" to "we-us."  Here is the link for more information. There is a small fee.

"Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table."
~U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

Caution: "Don't Say Gay" Bill Now in Congress

Rep. Mike Johnson from Louisiana has introduced HR 9197 with 36 cosponsors from 24 states (none from Maryland, DC or Virginia). This is a broad bill to prevent the use of federal funds to schools, libraries, hospitals or government entities for hosting or promoting any program, event, or literature involving sexually-oriented material.  Rep. Johnson calls the bill the "Stop the Sexualization of Children Act."

Dreaming About Reparations

What would it be like, if reparations could actually happen?  For any big turn-the-ship-around social change, dreaming has to be part of the beginning.  Here are a couple of resources to peruse, if your mind is itching to open in some new directions.

  • The Mennonites are trying something interesting - a "repair network" connecting local congregations across the country to share historic and current information, coach the early steps of action, and gather periodically to figure it all out together. This project focuses primarily on reparations to Indigenous communities.
  • An article in "Yes!" magazine on the nature of dreaming as part of the architecture of change:  "dreaming creates the space to imagine not just what it would take to build the world we want, but also what that world looks like. 
  • And in the same magazine, an article that catalogues a number of projects undertaken by local groups:  "When Reparations Grow from the Grassroots."   These two articles focus more on reparations to the descendants of enslaved people.

Art Lessons: Deepening Our Empathy

Coming Up Soon - October 30 at 4 pm: 

Isabel Wilkerson Speaks on the Great Migration

The Baltimore Museum of Art welcomes Isabel Wilkerson,  Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents will share her perspectives on the Great Migration’s historical and current relevance. Ms. Wilkerson will take questions from the BMA auditorium. The event will also be on Zoom. Free registration is required for auditorium admission and Zoom access. Register here. Other family-friendly activities include free performances, food and art-making in celebration of the opening of A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration. The exhibition runs through January 29, 2023.

The Secret Handshakes  ...

  • To find approved minutes of past meetings, look here for 2022 minutes, and here for earlier years.
  • Submit a Silent Announcement: To submit an item for Silent Announcements, send a message to the editor at this link. For events, please include date, time, place (if in person), and how to register. Silent Announcements are prepared each Friday morning, with brief updates on Tuesdays.
  • Find a recent issue of Silent Announcements:  The last two months' editions are listed at this link. 
  • Sign up to receive Silent Announcements or to change the email address where you receive them: There's a small form on our webpage (, at the bottom left corner.  You can use that form to subscribe to request Silent Announcements or change the address where the announcements go. To change your address - virtual or otherwise - for all purposes, see "edit your own entry in Breeze," below.
  • Get involved in meeting activities? Check out this list of committees and opportunities, and get in touch with a member of the Nominating Committee about your interests.
  • Get a log-in to access Breeze (our online meeting directory)?   If you need help with Breeze, contact Mackenzie Morgan or Reuben Snipper at (webservent, with an “e,” is correct.)
  • Edit your own entry in Breeze: Just go to your page and click on the little pencil icon at the start of any one section of information.
  • Find out who serves on various committees? In Breeze, click on tags and then choose "committees." You'll find up-to-date lists there.
  • Donate on line or at a distance?  Mail to Adelphi Meeting Treasurer, 2303 Metzerott Rd., Adelphi, MD 20783. Or donate securely on our website. To make or change a pledge to support renovations of the meetinghouse, click here.
  • Schedule a Zoom meeting: Send an email  to  Here are some details that you'll need to provide in order to reserve a Zoom "line" through the meeting.  
  • Find the Zoom link for your committee meeting: Go to Breeze at this link, and click on “Events.”  The Zoom info should be there. 
  • Schedule an in-person meeting at Adelphi (whether indoors or outdoors, recurrent or one-time) send an email to our Clerk ( requesting the use of that space.  Review these guidelines prepared by the Clerk when we started opening the meetinghouse grounds to outdoor use. 
  • Advocate with others on an issue you are concerned about? Sign up here for the Couch Potato Activists list serve and report your activities here.
("New Normal") Sunday Schedule
    9:50–10 10–11 11:15–?
    singing worship "virtual potluck"

Business meeting: noon, second Sunday of the month
Additional Meetings for Worship:  Wednesdays at noon, Sundays at 7 pm

Bible study: Wednesdays, 7:30pm

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