Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 5/28/2017 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. We heard queries and advices from the 2013 draft Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice on social concerns. We heard a concern that the queries separate prisoners from non-prisoners, despite the fact that we are all one; similarly, we are all disadvantaged in some ways and had best not think of ourselves as noble when sharing with others. We heard of how even if we don’t think of ourselves as religious people of faith, we can ground our social action in our values. We heard of how social action may be more effective if we try to relate our concerns to those of others.
These are suggested actions for friends to take to help address climate change. Some of these actions will be harder for some friends to take than for others. Friends will have to decide for themselves which actions to take, and it is not expected that all friends should take all of these suggestions. However, the status quo cannot be maintained. We must all make sacrifices in order to prevent the catastrophic possibilities we are facing.
As expressed in a second hour meeting on 2/19/2017
And improved on in meetings for business on 2/26/2017 and 3/26/2017
As a small meeting, we lack the committees and structure that some Friends are used to. However, the small size provides a simplicity and intimacy that creates a real community where people know each other better. We are too small to have social cliques, so we have become more open to each other, which makes us more open to those who visit. The intimacy of the meeting leads to more intimate messages, providing for some a place for deeper meditation.
Join us at the Takoma Park Jazz Fest this coming Sunday (6/11). We will have a booth in front of the gazebo stage on Carroll, approximately across from Amano. If you have any questions about our meeting or Quakers in general, just come by and ask. Or just come by and hang out.
Our new website is (obviously) now up and running. We are working on adding content bit by bit. We hope to make in really cool, while simple and peaceful at the same time. Until then, join us every Sunday at 11:00 AM for silent worship.