Bethesda Friends Meeting

Bethesda Friends worship together on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues 

  1. Indoors in the Meetinghouse at the Sidwell Friends Lower School
  2. Online via Zoom.  Please click here for the schedule and to ask for the Zoom link. 

Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting

We're Quakers who meet every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Our meetinghouse is on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
We are worshiping in person and also via Zoom.  

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.

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for the environment and using time and resources wisely, not wastefully.

We are a welcoming community. 

We believe there is that of the Divine 

in every person.

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 QCUR relies on the financial support of individuals and communities that are committed to its mission.

Introductory classes on
Quaker Faith & Practice 

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.

  • This will be in-person as well as via Zoom.
  • All are welcome, even if you are unable to come to all sessions. See the session list here.  
  • Please register by using our Contact Us form..
  • Childcare will be available; advance notice is helpful.
 Faith & Practice book

February 10th

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!

2024 CCAN climate action plunge

Upcoming events

DC Quakers at DC Pride Festival, June 11, 2023

  • BFM has formed an End of Life Group to provide legal, spiritual, and practical resources to help our community cope with the uncertainties and fears surrounding the end of life. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly elevated concerns about the health of family and friends, and the possibility that they could become gravely ill and die. 
  • Although conversations with our loved ones about such a possibility are difficult, it’s important to prepare.
  • Please click here to see more details and resources. 


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 onlinefollowed by a worship-share via Zoom. For more information and the Zoom link, use our Contact Us form.

Sunday Meeting for Worship

(Please click here to see BFM's worship schedule

11:00 AM Every Sunday 

Visitors are welcome.

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
2nd Saturday of each month

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. 

8:00-8:30 PM
Every Wednesday

Comparative Religions:

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. 

  • Use our Contact Us form to get the Zoom link, or see your email bulletin. Each session is self-contained, so anyone can attend any session.

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member of the Religious Society of Friends

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