The Spiritual State of the Meeting report for 2017 is available here. It does not paint the picture of a healthy meeting. To highlight this, it was approved at a business meeting attended by two people: the presiding clerk and the recording clerk.
Our next Quaker Discussion (February 18th) will be about how we want to move forward based on this report. Do we want to lay the meeting down? If not, what are we willing to do to turn the meeting around?
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Our January Quaker Discussion (on 1/21/2017) will start a series on The Spirit of Quakers, by Geoffrey Durham. We will read a section from the book and discuss what we have read. The book is an introduction to Quaker faith and practice, and will provide a perfect way for those new to Quakers to learn what we are all about. At the same time, it will provide a broad view of certain Quaker topics, that will provide opportunities for those with broader Quaker experience to explore those topics in depth. We will start with the chapter on Meeting for Worship. Ownership of the book is neither required nor expected.
We will not have meeting at the Dance Exchange on 1/7/2018. Instead we will meet at Tricia Crocker’s house, and have our annual holiday part after meeting for worship. If you need directions, please email treasurer at takomaparkfriends dot org.