July 8, 2022

Our Summer of Truth and Light

Coming Right Up

"First" Friday Film Discussion This Evening

Join us on Friday July 8, the second Friday in July at 7:00pm for a discussion of the 2020 film, "Cowboys." Here is the link for the discussion.

Watch the film ahead of time, if you can.  Plot summary:  Trans boy Joe's troubled but well-intentioned father, Troy, takes off with him into the Montana wilderness, pursued by police, after his wife, Sally, from whom he has recently separated, refuses to let Joe live as his authentic self. See the trailer here. The film is available on Kanopy and Hoopla for free, and other streaming services for a nominal fee. 

Poem as Portal

Saturday, July 9 from 10-noon on Zoom

“Poem as Portal allows me to discover new openings through my own and others’ reactions to the images and possibilities in the poem.  It is really quite a remarkable process.  I am fascinated with the experiences of consciousness and creativity I encounter in these sessions.”  ~Lonnie Weinheimer 

Friends take a single poem where they need it to go, and from that new perspective discover what had been hidden.  Join thoughtful, respectful seekers in new explorations, and share in the harvest.  If you are not already on Judith Goedeke’s monthly mailing list, contact her through Breeze to receive this month's poem, queries, quotes and Zoom link.  Everyone joining in should bring a journal or other materials to use during time for quiet reflection.  You are warmly invited.

Meeting's Business

Sunday, July 10th at 12:15

Meeting for Business is coming up this Sunday.  The agenda, draft minutes from June, financial reports, the proposed Pastoral Confidentiality policy, and other documents you will need for the meeting are (or will be) available here for your reference. 

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

July Events

(Special ones in bold)

July 8 at 7 pm                   - (Second) Friday Discussion of film:  "Cowboy"

July 10 at 8:45 am             - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 10 at 10 am                - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
                                          - Children's Summer Program
July 10 at 12:15 pm           - Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business
July 10 at 7 pm                  - Meeting for Worship via Zoom
July 13 at noon                  - Meeting for worship for healing a broken world
July 13 at 7:30 pm             - Bible Study - focusing on the Book of John

July 17 at 8:45 am             - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 17 at 10 am                - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
                                          - Children's Summer Program
July 17 at 7 pm                  - Meeting for Worship via Zoom
July 20 at noon                  - Meeting for worship for healing a broken world
July 20 at 7:30 pm             - Bible Study - focusing on the Book of John

July 24 at 8:45 am             - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 24 at 10 am                - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
                                           - Junior Meeting for children in grades 1 - 5
July 24 at 7 pm                   - Meeting for Worship via Zoom
July 27 at noon                  - Meeting for worship for healing a broken world
July 27 at 7:30 pm             - Bible Study - focusing on the Book of John

July 31 at 8:45 am              - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 31 at 10 am                 - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
                                            - Children's Summer Program
July 31 at 7 pm                   - Meeting for Worship via Zoom

For those attending virtually, check here for links and more details, including information on the meetings of Takoma Park Preparative Meeting.

And for the Children ...

Children's Summer Program -  On the 1st through 3d Sunday each month, children of grade-school age will have their own program, with games, crafts and perhaps some surprises.  Usually, the children join their families for about the first 20 minutes of meeting, and then leave with their adult leaders for their program. They will be returned to their parents at the rise of meeting.

Junior Meeting - On the 4th Sunday each month, there's a treasured opportunity for children in grades 1- 5 to meet together in worship, accompanied by a few adult Friends.  Meeting begins at 10:00, either in the memorial garden, or in the white house if needed for inclement weather.

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

The Wider World of Quakers

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Sessions

BYM Annual Sessions will be held on line and in person, August 1 - 9 at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Hood College now requires advance registration for anyone who will be on campus, so if you are planning to attend in person you must register by July 15.  One week. Seven days. Just sayin'. 

Here's a special page about why you should planning on being there at the annual sessions, and how you can register. Find more detail here about the events, meetings, and workshops.  Most events are also offered via Zoom.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Announcements

Check here for all the announcements for this week from Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and from BYM committees and our neighboring meetings. 

An Initiative of
BYM's Advancement and Outreach Committee

The BYM Advancement and Outreach Committee is starting a group called "Jesus Friends" to offer opportunities to share Quaker commitment drawing on Biblical and Christian sources in the Quaker tradition. If interested, Friends are invited to respond to with "I'm interested" or "Let's talk" in the subject line.   Here's more about the initiative.

Pendle Hill Announcements

Pendle Hill will be offering both in-person and virtual events this summer.  Here's a menu of the events coming up.

Friends Journal: 
A Sampler of Top Five Articles in 2022 (so far)

The Friends Journal editorial staff share their top five article picks each year.  If you'd like to get a sense of what Friends Journal is offering, check these out.  

Sneak a look at the top picks for previous years, as well. Your editor took a glance at the 2021 picks and highly recommends the #1 choice: "Are There White People in the Bible?" by Tim Gee.

Learn - Advocate - Act

Climate and War and Pandemic
Impacts on Sustainable Development

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm Eastern time 

Quaker Earthcare Witness is sponsoring a side event associated with the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development: Global Impacts on Sustainable Development Goals.  Various committees and working groups of Quaker Earthcare Witness and others come together for this event to share concerns regarding the global pandemic, the increasing impacts of climate change, armed conflict, and more. Register in advance at this link.  You will then receive a confirmation email about how to join the meeting.

The Peace Testimony and the Ukraine War:
A Webinar for Friends

Monday, July 18, 2022, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

The BYM Working Group on U.S. Militarism and War brings us an excellent panel to talk about how the peace testimony leads us in considering the war in Ukraine. The panel includes Helena Cobban, Bob Dockhorn, and Michael Beer, all of whom have deep experience, not just with the peace testimony, but specifically with Ukraine and Russia. There's more information and a link to register on this flyer.

Climate Refugees - Reel and Meal

Monday, July 18, 2022, 7:00 pm

The evening's discussion will follow two films about climate refugees: 
(1) “Fleeing Climate Change,” focusing on Indonesians, who must abandon their homes because of flooding and Cameroonians whose arable land has become a desert, where crops do not grow, and (2) “The Expanding Desert” which shows the devastation caused by the decision to cut down trees during the Ceausescu era in Romania.  The films will be screened live at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Greenbelt, July 18, 7 p.m. and via zoom.   Zoom registration is required.

"The new dawn blooms as we free it
for there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it,
if only we're brave enough to be it." 
~Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb 

FCNL Webinar on Gun Violence 

Wednesday, July 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 Eastern time

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) invites us to join in a webinar with Nick and Amanda Wilcox who lost their daughter to gun violence in 2001, and have been advocates for gun safety and mental health care ever since then.  More information and a button to register are on this page.

Land Acknowledgment: 

First Step Towards Right Relationship with the Land and its Peoples 

On August 9 and 11, from 7:30 - 9 pm Eastern time, Pendle Hill is sponsoring a two-part webinar on the topic of the land we live on, where it came from, how to acknowledge the truth of it and, perhaps, where to go from here. Find out more and register here

Truth and Healing Commission
on Boarding School Policies for Indigenous Children  

Both the Senate and the House are taking action to move along the bills that would create a Commission that would listen to Indigenous survivors of the boarding school era and examine the federal government's responsibility for the truth of that part of history, and the healing that is still needed now. The House Committee on Natural resources (subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples) held hearings in May and the full committee passed the bill in June. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has held a hearing and is now soliciting further written testimonies from survivors. The list of co-sponsors is growing, but still does not in include Maryland or Virginia Senators or Representatives, other than Rep. Raskin. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton was an early co-sponsor of the House bill.

So there's still work to do. For up to date information, check this action piece from National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. For deeper background, see the "boarding schools" section of the Decolonizing Quakers website.

How We Do Other Things ...

  • Get involved in meeting activities and outreach? Check out this updated list of committees and opportunities, and get in touch with a member of the Nominating Committee about your interests.
  • 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.
  • Get a log-in to access Breeze?   If you need help with Breeze, contact Mackenzie or Reuben at (webservent, with an “e,” is correct.)
  • Silent Announcements:
    • Submit an item for the bi-weekly Silent Announcements? For now, please respond to this email or send a message directly to the editor, Ruth Flower, at  For events, please include date, time, place (if in person), and how to register (if on Zoom). 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.
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  • Zoom Meetings at Adelphi
  • Schedule an in-person meeting at Adelphi (whether indoors or outdoors, recurrent or one-time) send an email to our resident Joseph Ndayisenga ( 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.
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    singing worship "virtual potluck"

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