October 21, 2022

Tuning In
"A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream."
~ David Steindl-Rast
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 

click here to find links
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 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 22:            - Fall Workday at AFM (see below)
10 am to 4 pm         

October 23:            - Called Meeting, Reproductive Justice Minute (see below)
At Rise of Meeting         

October 23:            - Anti-Racism Minute Threshing Session (see below)
12:15 pm         

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

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

First Day School is Open!

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 volunteer for the Nursery.  Here is the job description for the paid position.  Otherwise, our classes are fully staffed!

Coming Right Up

AFM Fall Work Day
Saturday, October 22nd,  from 10 am to 4 pm  

Friends of all ages are encouraged to come and share the joy of working with your hands, taking care of the grounds, and enjoying the fellowship of the day!  We need many hands to do these tasks:  

  • Power washing stairs, walkways and plastic playground equipment
  • Cutting back brush with clippers, pulling ivy off trees with gloves
  • Trimming bushes with hand tools
  • Edging sidewalks with weed whacker
  • Raking and sweeping driveway
  • Picking up sticks, trash and moving wheelbarrows around
  • Fence repair
  • And more!

New! Kids can get up to 2 SSL hours. Under age 14 should be fully supervised by parent/guardian.  Ages 14 and over can be supervised by House and Grounds committee member.

There will be a potluck lunch as usual!  Bring a dish to share if you feel so inclined.  If you have any questions you can contact Patrick Mulvey through Breeze.

Called Meeting for the Reproductive Justice Minute

Sunday, October 23rd, at the Rise of Meeting for Worship

After receiving feedback in Meeting for the Conduct of Business last week, the Working Group on Reproductive Justice made considerable changes to its proposed Minute. Friends are encouraged to thoughtfully read the draft, available here. Contact the Working Group's Clerk, Sharon Stout (through Breeze), for questions and comments.

"It's in the convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests."
~ Van Jones

Anti-Racism Minute Threshing Session

Sunday, October 23rd, Second Hour, 12:15 pm

The Change Group has received many comments and incorporated many suggestions.  Still, they wish to have a clearer sense of how the Meeting is led at this time.  All are invited to participate.

Enriching the Silence: A Worship Sharing Event

Sunday, October 3oth, 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 join us. Contact Judith Goedeke via Breeze for information.

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

Climate Action Working Group

Join us as we educate ourselves, and as we consider substantive, solution-based actions we can take personally, and as a community.  We welcome new members. If you are interested, please contact Ruby Steigerwald or Carole Hoage. Meanwhile, please read AFM's Sustainability Minute from 2007 here. And for extra credit, we invite you to view this QuakerSpeak video to see why the younger generation is taking up the challenge to directly lobby our representatives. “Quakers Talk to Congress About Climate Change” can be found here.

Interested in Joining an AFM Men’s or Women’s Group?

Adelphi’s men’s and women’s groups provide rich opportunities to build community and share stories of our life journeys. The men's group meets monthly and welcomes new members.  If you are interested, contact John Stith via Breeze.  He looks forward to speaking with you.  Equally welcome are women who may be interested in joining a women’s group. Contact Ann Marie Moriarty via Breeze.  She will be happy to provide details.

Considering Friends Community School for Your Child?

Now in its fourth decade, Friends Community School (FCS) is a K-8 Quaker progressive school that thoughtfully guides young children through adolescence, instilling compassion, curiosity, and confidence. FCS offers a diverse and inclusive community, a commitment to educating the whole child, and a curriculum that emphasizes inquiry-based and hands-on learning. 

If you are interested in considering FCS for your child, join FCS students, parents, teachers, and administrators for upcoming admissions events from October 18 to January 12 to learn more about the school’s academic program, Quaker values, “green” campus, and the application process.  There are also several opportunities for on-campus open houses and virtual "coffees" to learn more.  The dates and times are all listed here.

The Wider World of Quakers

Mutual Aid: A Friendly Approach
An Interactive BYM Workshop with Rashid Darden

Saturday, October 29th at 10 am, on Zoom

In this engaging workshop Friends, 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. Register here.

Black and gay for over 40 years, Mr. Darden is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington where he has served on the Peace & Social Concerns Committee. In BYM, he served on the Growing Diverse Leadership Committee. From 2021 to 2022, he convened the Transatlantic Friends Worship Group, which, for 52 consecutive weeks, centered the spirit-led leadership of people of color as an essential element of the Quaker testimony of justice. He has been Clerk of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent since 2021 and works as Communications Manager for Friends General Conference.

"Once you become aware of this force of unity in life you can't ever forget it. It becomes part of everything you do. My goal in meditating this through music... is to uplift people as much as I can."
~ John Coltrane

Back by Popular Demand, A Quaker Earthcare Witness Workshop
Ecological Grief: Engaging with the Emotional Impacts of Climate Change
With Gayle Matson and Hayley Hathaway

Saturday, October 25th at 7 pm, on Zoom

This 90 minute experiential workshop is an introduction to the phenomenon of ecological-grief—what it is, how to engage with it, and why it’s important. We’ll explore the tender places in our own hearts where ecological grief dwells and offer them sacred attention. Engaging in the grief process in a spiritual community supports resilience and helps us be more deeply attuned to the actions we are called to take.

BYM Interim Meeting

Saturday, November 5th
 Sandy Spring Friends Meeting and on Zoom

Join Friends as we gather to conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting. Supporting documents for agenda items are due October 27th. More information is here.

Lessons for Today from a Lifetime of Nonviolent Activism: A Lecture by George Lakey

Sunday, November 20th at 3:15 pm
Homewood  Friends Meeting and on Zoom

George Lakey is a queer, Quaker activist and master storyteller who will share from his lifetime involvement in nonviolent struggles for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor justice, and the environment. He will emphasize lessons from his life which apply to us during these challenging times, finding hope in even the darkest of times through strategic joyful activism. He has been named Peace Educator of the Year and is a recipient of the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award and the Martin Luther King Peace Award. More information and the link to register are here.

"When you do things from your soul, the river itself moves through you.
 Freshness and a deep joy are signs of the current."

~ Rumi

BYM's New Conflict Resolution Working Group

...  seeks people who are willing to offer some or all of these services: reflective listening, group facilitation, mediation, conflict coaching, non-violent communication, circle dialogues, restorative justice processes, etc.  Additional information can be found here.

Useful Links

The BYM Weekly Announcements for October 21 can be found here.

The BYM Fall 2022 Interchange is available here, as a downloadable PDF.

The BYM Camps Newsletter, Fall 2022, including information on planning activities for nest year, is available here.

Our Community

Walk to End HIV

October 22, 2022, 9 am to noon

Randall Ehrbar and daughter Ruth Ehrbar will be participating in the Walk to End HIV coming up on October 22nd.  This is an important fundraiser for Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center that has special focus on LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.  Whitman-Walker is also one of the few primary care providers in DC's Ward 8. Randall works at Whitman-Walker, and his primary focus there is working with people addressing substance use issues, and with trans people. Here are two links where you can support their walk:

You are also invited to join in the Walk if so led! Sign up here.    

Ride Request

Wednesday, October 26th, 5 am

Does anyone drive for Lyft or Uber or just like getting up early in the morning? Pud Baker is looking for a ride to Sibley Hospital (DC) for a medical appointment at 6:00 am, meaning she will need to leave home about 5:00 am. Pud can be reached via Breeze.    

Learn - Advocate - Act

Land Reparations: A Journey of the Heart

A Pendle Hill Webinar

 November 2nd, 7:30 pm, 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.

Art Lessons: Deepening Our Empathy

Isabel Wilkerson Speaks on the Great Migration

Sunday, October 30th at 4 pm, at The Baltimore Museum of Art

The 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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