Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 3/21/2021 through a Zoom audio/video connection.

We heard queries from Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice on the Meeting community.  We heard that we do not always live up to what the queries suggest and could keep these queries in mind. The last query might be reframed more generally to refer to those with special needs.

Tricia Crocker, treasurer, presented the budget-year-to-date treasurer’s report for the period 12/1/2020 to 3/21/2021 (attached). We accepted the report.  We noted that unless our policy is changed, interest income to be received from Adelphi Friends Meeting will be reinvested in the meeting place fund.

We considered the draft spiritual state of the meeting report for 2020, and requested that any specific suggestions be sent to the drafter. 

We identified volunteers to research some of the Quaker organizations to which we would contemplate making contributions, a first reading to be held next month.  Additional recommendations for donation recipients should be accompanied with information about the group in question.

We discussed the prospects for in person meetings (with a higher number of attenders) versus zoom meetings and decided to revisit the issue in our May business meeting. We continue in- person meetings but not all have been attending in person.

We heard and approved these minutes.  We adjourned, to gather next on April 18, 2021, at 1:30, or at the call of the presiding clerk.

Arthur David Olson, presiding

Victor Thuronyi, recording