7/23/2017 minutes

Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 7/23/2017 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. We heard queries and advices from the 2013 draft Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice on stewardship of the Earth. We heard a sense that the advices might better refer to “the next generation” rather than “future generations.” We heard of the theory that all human wars have been fought over resources; understanding how to conserve and share our resources will let us find the peace we seek. We heard of how ownership of land by distant corporations can lead to lack of care for and pollution of the land and can complicate efforts to restore it. We heard of how the failure of one jurisdiction to recycle certain items can lead to taking those items to another jurisdiction, with the necessity of being aware of the environmental costs of transporting them. We heard surprise that some folks with children seem insensitive to the effect of resource use and misuse on those children. We heard of how growth in the average size of people leads to things wearing out faster, and of the unsustainable nature of “junk food.” We heard a question of whether the “all creation” mentioned in the advices and queries includes even the squishy, non-rent-paying creatures in our homes.

Quaker Discussion on 8/20

For Quaker Discussion on 8/20 there will be a presentation on Experimenting with the Light, a guided meditation based on early Quaker writings. This will include a brief introduction to the idea, and a guided meditation of about a half hour.

6/25/2017 minutes

Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 6/25/2017 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. We heard queries and advices from the 2013 draft Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice on personal resources. We heard of difficulty in convincing others to adopt sharing ways, even when we are able to do so ourselves. We heard of how the skill of lumberjacks can be seen in the simplicity of the tools they use; perhaps our stewardship can be gauged similarly. We heard of when, with retirement, we get to change from being careful stewards of the money we earn to careful stewards of our time. We heard of how use of gifts from God might be seen as “regifting,” and of how we might instead give gifts to others as God has given gifts to us. We heard of how giving may lead to reciprocation; while we may not want to give manipulatively hoping for reciprocation, we can give with the intent of building connection.

July Meeting Changes

The Dance Exchange will be hosting a “Summer Institute” for two weeks in July. Due to increased activity caused by this, we have decided not to meet at the Dance Exchange on 7/9 or 7/16.

On 7/9 Friends are encouraged to visit other area meetings. Our parent meeting (Adelphi) is having it’s business meeting that day. On 7/16 we will be having meeting at our treasurer’s house. Contact treasurer at takomaparkfriends dot org for directions.

5/28/2017 minutes

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.

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Actions to Address Climate Change

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.

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Spiritual State of the Meeting, 2016

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.

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Quakers and Jazz

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.