Worshipful Business Meeting 1/28/2018

The agenda for the business meeting this Sunday is as follows:
 
• Treasurer’s Report
• First reading of Arthur David Olson as recording clerk.
• Mailing List is now working.
• Second reading of the Spiritual State of the Meeting for 2017.
 
If you would like something else to be added to this agenda, please comment here or email presiding_clerk at takomaparkfriend dot org.

New Mailing List

Please note that we will soon begin sending messages to the Takoma Park Friends Meeting – Preparative (TPFM-P) list through our web server. Once this begins, messages will originate from tpfm-announce at takomaparkfriends dot org. While we transition to the new system, please be sure to check your junk folder for new messages and ensure that your internet service provider (ISP) recognizes this address as a safe sender.

Using the new system, anyone on our mailing list will be able to respond to posted messages and to post new messages to this list by sending the message to tpfm-announce at takomaparkfriends dot org. We ask that all messages posted be limited to items pertaining to Takoma Park Friends Meeting and related Quaker and community groups.

Please visit https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/tpfm-announce to access general information about the mailing list. To unsubscribe, you may still contact me, or simply send a message to tpfm-announce-leave@takomaparkfriends.org.

January Quaker Discussion

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.

Holiday Party 1/7

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.

10/22/2017 minutes

Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 10/22/2017 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. We heard queries on disability. We heard of the meeting’s history in dealing with wheelchair access, of its eventual reluctance to have separate meetings, and of our following practice of looking for space with wheelchair access. We heard of how meeting in nursing homes might increase accessibility for those with both physical and mental disabilities, but might decrease the quality of the meeting space. We heard of the difficulty of understanding the behavior of some homeless people, of the desire to respect them and their space, but a desire to maintain awareness of them and their situations and not leave racist rants unchallenged.