May 2017: Adult Religious Education

May 7, 2017 Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) (Tad Jonas)

FCNL, a 75-year-old Quaker lobby group located on Capitol Hill, has a statement of legislative policy called The World We Seek. As you may imagine, this is based on the Quaker testimonies in action of equality, integrity, peace, community, and stewardship.

Every day is a good day for the testimonies to be reviewed, discussed, and fine-tuned for implementation into a permanent document. Our country needs your involvement, and this is one outlet by setting forth priority topics for work during the next two years.

Every two years, FCNL asks meetings like ours to provide feedback and thoughts to FCNL’s World We Seek for consideration. Part of my responsibility as the FCNL representative of our meeting is to gather your inputs and present those to FCNL as a unified meeting. This is due by the end of July. For those who cannot make it, but would like to respond, please contact me.

May 14, 2017 Founding Mothers at Grand View: Women of Our Meeting (Judy Riggin for Heritage & Community Relations Committee

This second annual Mother’s Day presentation about AMM’s founding mothers considers the lives of seven Quaker women who lived at Grand View from 1867 to 1905. Grand View was a Quaker farm across Woodlawn Road from our meetinghouse. Its original two-story frame farmhouse still stands on the hill above us at Woodlawn Estate. All these nineteenth-century women came from Quaker families who actively opposed slavery, and their lives featured activism on behalf of African-Americans and Native Americans after the Civil War. All were members of AMM, some serving as elders. More than half owned the Grand View property and other land holdings in the area. Four were related to prominent Quaker families who founded the mills in Ellicott City and Occoquan. One was invited to the White House by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Drawing on research of AMM historian Martha Catlin, our discussion will explore the significance of their lives–both at Grand View and for us today.

May 21, 2017 Friends House Retirement Community of Sandy Spring (Patty Reed)

Friends House is a nonprofit organization founded in the 1960s on the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and simplicity. It is a multicultural and economically inclusive community, providing residential living, assisted living, and skilled nursing.

May 28, 2017 The Healing Power of Intercessory Prayer (Sandra Palmer)

This session will present evidence for the healing power of a specific type of prayer, based on a book written by a medical doctor who has researched the phenomenon. The book is “Healing Words” by Larry Dossey.

I will explore how our Meeting for Worship and our members and attendees could use our power to help focus energy on those who need healing. Now, especially, we need to experience the Good.