Interchange – Spring 2008 – Richmond

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With one year ending and another beginning, it is hard not to acknowledge some nitty gritty accomplishments: adoption of another carefully considered budget, a roster of full committees and service opportunities, and new clerks learning the worshipful ways of Quaker business. We marked the end of 2007 with a minute supporting full Congressional approval of HR1294, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Recognition Act of 2007, giving federal recognition to Virginia native tribes as sovereign peoples, to enable eligibility for federal funds through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In the midst of all our usual endeavors, the Ministry and Worship Committee is leading a careful process for community discernment on concerns about BYM’s continuing membership in Friends United Meeting. Meanwhile, families are encouraged to consider sending children to BYM camps (with financial assistance available from our Meeting), and a work group will again travel to Mississippi in early May to continue Hurricane Katrina relief activities.

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