Bethesda Friends worship together on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues
Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting
We strive for:
SIMPLICITY - Learning to discern the essential from the non-essential.
PEACE - Living in a spirit that takes away the occasion for all war.
INTEGRITY - Being who we truly are and truly meaning what we say.
COMMUNITY - Knowing that we need one another in order to be whole.
EQUALITY - Knowing that everyone, everywhere is equally precious to God. This includes people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, races, ethnicities, levels of resources, and theological perspectives.
BFM's Social Concern for February is
the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism (QCUR)
The Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism (QCUR) is a collaboration between six Quaker organizations -- American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends Council on Education, Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, and Quaker Voluntary Service -- who are working together to accelerate the movement for, and capacity to create, racial justice among (and beyond) Friends. QCUR leads a nine-month cohort program, which will include BFM participants in 2024, that allows racial justice changemakers in Quaker communities to learn and experiment with actions together, empowering them to support the racial justice work of their home communities. In 2023 QCUR developed a guide on "Racial Wounding and Racial Justice in Quaker Communities." To sign up for the QCUR newsletter, please go to https://groups.google.com/g/qcur-newsletter. QCUR relies on the financial support of individuals and communities that are committed to its mission.
Introductory classes on
The Ministry & Worship Committee is offering a 6-session series for all who are relatively new or wish a refresher on Quakerism. The series will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of January, February, and March.
CCAN’s Plunge for the Climate
Hundreds of fellow climate activists took the plunge for our climate at National Harbor, Washington, DC. It's CCAN's largest grass-roots fundraising event of the year. Through peer-to-peer fundraising, Polar Plungers are able to raise over 30 percent of CCAN's programs budget for the year ahead. See how the Quaking Quakers did this year, and you can still donate!
COVID-19 AND END OF LIFE ISSUES
Experiment with Light
At 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, people at BFM use a meditative and centering practice based upon Rex Ambler’s book Light to Live By.
This method describes early Quaker meditative habits and translates them into a highly accessible process of clearness and understanding. We use prompts at home that can be listened to online, followed by a worship-share via Zoom. For more information and the Zoom link, use our Contact Us form.
BFM Book Group
This vibrant group meets via Zoom, discussing a variety of books on both Quaker and non-Quaker topics.
1:30 - 3:15 PM
Please click here for more information
using our Contact Us form.
Wednesday Mid-Week Worship
A group holds an at-home Worship
on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
If you wish to join, please read the weekly announcement here. After the virtual Meeting there is a sharing time via email.
Exploring the Roots of Religion--
Intro. to Judaism
A BFM group attends an Exploring the Roots of Religion group each week on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. for a half hour lecture from The Great Courses exploring evidence of religious activity around the world, followed by a half hour discussion.