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Interchange – Summer 2008 – Williamsburg

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Williamsburg Friends Meeting hosted approximately 60 people for BYM’s Interim Meeting on March 29th. Because we are a small meeting and quite far away from the central office, we were grateful for the presence of these visiting Friends and glad … Continue reading

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Interchange – Summer 2008 – Gunpowder

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Last winter, Gunpowder Friends engaged in an extended conversation about the meaning of membership in a Quaker Meeting. We reflected and commented on the proposed voices, advices, and queries by the BYM Faith and Practice Revision Committee; we held a … Continue reading

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Interchange – Summer 2008 – Deer Creek

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Our adult first day school gatherings were enriched this winter and early spring by a variety of visitors and discussions. In January Sam Trueblood came from his home in Pennsylvania to give his annual and always anticipated series of Bible … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Valley

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Valley Friends celebrated the planting of our peace pole, with a community reception that included children’s activities, reading of peace prayers by representatives of those whose language was included on the pole, music, food and fellowship. It was truly uplifting … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Patuxent

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What does the Bible have to say about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people? Patuxent Friends recently participated in a discussion series entitled Opening the Bible for All People—A study of Texts of Inclusion, led by our current sojourner, … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Patapsco

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PFM teens have recently been visiting local churches to experience the diversity of worship. Following a visit to a mosque last year, current focus is on Christianity, with recent visits to a Mennonite church, an Anglican monastery, a Presbyterian church, … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Frederick

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FMM began a new time of holding monthly Meetings for Worship for the conduct of business at the rise of regular Sunday worship rather than just prior. The preliminary feedback from those in attendance was positive. This arrangement will be … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Stony Run

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The Meeting continues to hold a series of adult forums on First Days prior to Meeting for Worship. Topics this year are focusing on Quakerism and spirituality; in January and February, our member Don Gann has led a series of … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Homewood

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We celebrated Rosetta Graham’s 50th anniversary as a convinced Friend with cake and messages of gratitude at simple lunch this summer. Known to Friends for her work with children who are victimized by violence, we are blessed to have Rosetta … Continue reading

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Interchange – Spring 2008 – Annapolis

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In December we sent hats, scarves, and mittens or gloves to the third-grade class our First Day School has adopted in Philadelphia. In January we held an intergenerational potluck and educational evening on the topic of teens, drugs, and alcohol. … Continue reading

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