July 12, 2022

Tuesday Updates

Tuesday updates are limited to events that are coming right up and new items.  For "all the news" please check the Silent Announcements from the preceding Friday.

Coming Right Up

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Sessions

BYM Annual Sessions will be held on line and in person, August 1 - 9 at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Find information here about the events, meetings, and workshops and how to register.  Many events are also offered via Zoom. Hood College now requires advance registration for anyone who will be on campus, so if you'll be attending in person you must register by July 15.  Three days from now. Just sayin'. 


In and Around Adelphi Meeting

July Events

(Special ones in bold)
Click here to find links for virtual Meetings for Worship and other virtual events.

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 activities 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. 

Bidden or unbidden, God is present.   

Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Launches Working Groups

Peace and Social Concerns Committee is hosting and launching two working groups and they hope you will join one or both.  One group will focus on developing a minute and actions for Reproductive Rights and Privacy, and another will focus on climate action.

The first meeting of the Reproductive Rights group will meet on July 25, and the Climate Action group will meet on July 26.  Much more information is available here

If you are interested please contact Connie Meyer or Charlie Goedeke,  and they will send you additional information and the Zoom link.  (Please click on their names above to see their contact information in Breeze.)

What Happened in Meeting for Business on Sunday?

Thirty people were there, but you might have had to miss it.  Here are the draft minutes of the meeting last Sunday. Here's a preview:

  • We received and accepted Takoma Park Preparative Meeting's Spiritual State of the Meeting Report.
  • We approved naming Jessica Arends to Children's Religious Education Committee.
  • We heard a report from Ministry and Worship Committee on the Memorial Minute for Mosi Harrington approved at a recent called meeting; on the release of the document "Quaker Discernment and Decision Making in Adelphi Friends Meeting;" and on a recent Quarterly Meeting on Committee Coordination. 
  • We approved the Pastoral Confidentiality Policy brought to us by Trustees.
  • We heard a brief report from the Building Committee and the Mid-year Financial Reports from the Treasurer and Finance Committee.

Please send any corrections in the minutes to

The Wider World of Quakers

Friends Journal: Considering Business Meeting

Friends who have completed their 20 minutes of homework - reading the M&W document on "discernment and decision-making" - might enjoy this more personal Friends Journal article, "Meeting for Business as Spiritual Rehearsal," by John Andrew Gallery.

Learn - Advocate - Act

Couch Potato Activists' Alert

The July alert for Couch Potato Activists is now available here.  As usual, the range of action opportunities is wide, including several earth and water protecting events, couch-potato support needed for a Truth and Reconciliation bill in Congress, education on reproductive rights, support for trans people in hostile states, and direct help requested by Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP).

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. 
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.  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.

Truth and Healing Commission
on Boarding School Policies for Indigenous Children  

(This item is featured in this month's "Couch Potato Activists' Alert.")
Both the Senate and the House are taking action on the bills that would create a Commission on Truth and Healing to listen to Indigenous survivors of the boarding school era and examine the federal government's responsibility for the truth of that part of history. The list of co-sponsors is growing, but still does not include Senators or Representatives from our area, other than Rep. Raskin in MD and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton in DC.   FCNL is holding an advocacy training on June 19 to support this legislation . 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. 


An Update on the Lodin Family

Our meeting continues to support the Lodin family from Afghanistan.  This is a big family so support is needed!  Donations can be sent to Marcy Seitel (email and physical address are in Breeze), who will then give the funds to the Lodins.  Funds will be used to supplement their food budget and cover utility costs.  They also need help with tutoring this summer, visiting and socializing for friendship and language skills, applying for jobs online, and more.  Please be in touch if you are able to help.  

Far Flung Adelphian Turns Poet

Our former clerk, Paul Jolly, moved to California and became a poet. (No causal relation to be inferred.)  Enjoy Paul's latest edition of his (almost) monthly poetry blog, which features his poem, "One room school house hall pass"

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.
    • Sign up to receive Silent Announcements or to change the email address where you receive them? On our webpage, bottom left corner of the "splash" (main) page, there's a small form to  subscribe or change your address. If your email has changed for all purposes, please enter the change on your page in Breeze.  
  • 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.
("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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