October 14, 2022
Our Shared Purpose

For the forest, the shared purpose is life itself, existence; everything extraneous stripped away by its necessity. Perhaps the goal of the spiritual life is to strip away everything frivolous as well, to pare it all back to the necessity of connection with the other. If we worship in the sincere presence of that power that takes away our forever-unmet need of things superfluous, we enter the real ecology of the Meeting, where all is web.
James W. Hood, The Ecology of Quaker Meeting

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

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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 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 17:            - Reproductive Justice Working Group (see below)
At 7:30 pm 

October 18:            - Climate Action Working Group (see below)
At 7 pm 

October 22:            - Fall Workday at AFM (see below)
10 am to 4 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

Reproductive Justice Working Group

Monday, October 17th at 7:30 pm, on Zoom

Friends are invited to participate in this meeting to work on our Minute. The Working Group is also interested in your ideas concerning where and how the Minute can be made available to the broader community, and what actions we can take, both as individuals and as a Meeting.  For more information contact the Working Group's Clerk, Sharon Stout (through Breeze).  The proposed draft and Zoom link are here.

"The challenge today is to be animated
by both gratitude and unrest, humility and audacity."

~ Sharon Brous

Climate Action Working Group

Tuesday, October 18th at 7 pm, on Zoom

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 moving QuakerSpeak video of Jackie Bonomo, as she reflects on spirituality that is grounded in nature. “Addressing Environmental Issues as a Spiritual Community” can be found here.

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

Friends Community School Fall Fair

Sunday, October 16 from 12-4 pm

Friends Community School is having its Fall Fair in person this year. The fair will include raffles, games, activities, and food. The Fall Fair takes place each October and is run by the Parents Association to share fall-themed fun, and to raise funds for the Wish List which supports teacher-requested activities. See all the information here and get ready to buy your pumpkin!

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.

Change Group Second Hour

Sunday, October 23 - 12:15 pm

Michael Levi reported for the Change Group on the progress they are making toward stating our commitment to becoming an anti-racist Meeting.  The group has received many comments and incorporated many suggestions.  Still, the Change Group does not have a clear sense of how the Meeting is led at this time.  Michael invites all to participate in another threshing session during Second Hour on October 23rd.

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

Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers

October 15 to November 12, 2022

So maybe you’ve been spending time with Quakers recently and are beginning to get a handle on what the Meeting is all about, but you still have questions. What do Quakers believe? How does the community function? What does the unusual vocabulary actually mean?

Come to this introductory workshop offered by Friends General Conference to learn more. Michael Levi, a member of Adelphi, will facilitate five Zoom sessions on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, starting October 15. This program is designed for people who are new to Quakerism and will explore the basics of Friends’ theology and practice. There is a small sliding-scale fee to participate. Assistance from Adelphi Meeting is available if needed; contact the AFM Treasurer to apply. Find more information and registration here.

BYM Interim Meeting

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

Join Friends as we gather to conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting. Agenda items are due Monday, October 17th. Supporting documents are due October 27th. More information is here.

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.

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 the 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.    

Learn - Advocate - Act

White Awake: Roots Deeper than Whiteness

Register through October 21st

White Awake will be hosting their annual online foundations course, "Roots Deeper than Whiteness: Building Emotional Strength and Political Clarity for Collective Liberation." Co-facilitated by (Adelphi's own) David Dean, this anti-racism offering nurtures emotional resilience for responding to racism and navigating the work of social change. It fosters a sense of personal identity and connection to one's own history.  And it encourages political direction for one's life and work. Learn more and register here. There is a sliding scale fee. Watch David share more about the course on Instagram here.  (Social workers and other professionals may qualify to get Continuing Education credit for the course.)

"Entitlement is lethal for the soul."
~ Richard Rohr

Land Reparations: A Journey of the Heart

A Pendle Hill Webinar

 November 2nd, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, via 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 are now at the crossroads of an incredible 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 Understanding

Called To Create: Black Artists of the American South

Now through March 26, 2023

National Gallery of Art, Open Daily from 10 am - 5 pm,  Free

Many Black artists worked with little recognition, often using recycled materials displayed in their yards, porches or boarded-up storefronts. These artists drew on deep cultural and spiritual traditions to create some of the finest art of our time, including the Gee’s Bend quilts. Experience their lives and stories. Details are here.

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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