Interchange – Fall 2007 – Patapsco

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Patapsco Friends Meeting has recently developed and implemented a clearness committee process for our youth at about thirteen years of age. Each committee consists of a combination of young and older PFM participants. Five of our young Friends have met with their clearness committees during the May-August period.

In May ten of our middle and high school students, accompanied by three adult members, participated in a campout at Shiloh.

PFM prison visitors were unable to hold meetings for worship with South Mountain Fellowship at Maryland Correctional Institute-Hagerstown for five weeks during June and July because of a prison-wide lock-down.

On August 17 PFM members Susan and Jim Rose completed a 50’ diameter model of the Santa Rosa Labyrinth, constructed of clothesline and nails, on the lawn adjacent to our Meeting at Mt. Hebron House. All are invited to walk the labyrinth with us.

Although PFM is a relatively small and recent (five year) Monthly Meeting, ten of our members are now serving on BYM committees and appointments. Nine PFM members attended the BYM Annual Session in Frostburg during July 31-August 5.

On September 9 PFM hosted Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting. Adult and youth members from several Monthly Meetings in CQM participated in the afternoon session entitled “Nurturing Young Quaker Lights—Beyond Religious Education.” Participants were encouraged to address four queries: How do children and youth fit into Friends Meetings? What activities do our Meetings provide for our youth outside First Day School? How do we integrate them into the full life of the Meeting? How do we prepare young people to move out into the world as Friends and become part of the larger Quaker community?

On Saturday, September 22, 7am-7pm, PFM held a day of silent meditation, prayer and fasting for peace and social justice at Mt. Hebron House. This is a time of spiritual significance and renewal for many traditions, marked by Yom Kippur, Ramadan and the United Nations International Day of Peace. We invited all to join us—come when you can and stay as long as you need— or participate wherever you may be to what extent and manner you wish.

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