BFM Clerks form ad hoc Committees as they are needed.
The ad hoc Covid Advisory Committee (2020-present)
Mission: As of 2022, the purpose of the COVID Advisory Committee is to review the current status of the pandemic (taking into consideration federal, state, and Sidwell Friends School [SFS] guidelines); rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths; as well as the specific context of the Bethesda Friends Meeting community. With that data, the committee would then advise the co-clerks and the Ministry & Worship (or other relevant committees) on recommended courses of action. (BFM guidelines will always be guided by SFS rules since our meeting is housed on the SFS campus.)
Diversity Change Group
Our Collective Journey to Redress Systemic Racism (2022-present)
Organizing for Our Collective Journey to Redress Systemic Racism
Fall 2022 Implementation
At the July 17, 2022, Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, BFM confirmed its interest to move forward on “A Collective Journey to Redress Systemic Racism.” This was made possible by the work of the Threshing Preparation Group, whose members researched, identified, and secured approval for the engagement of reparationWorks. We wish to express our deep appreciation for the thoughtful and diligent work that group undertook. The Diversity Change Group is taking responsibility for implementation.
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The Change Group and reparationWorks have completed four Discovery sessions and other conversations to get to know the Meeting more deeply. To prepare for our collective journey for inward and outward healing pertaining to systemic racism, they spoke with 32 Friends and will use their insights to refine the Journey roadmap.
January 2023 update:
(a) The first ad hoc Committee for the Digitization of Records (DRC) was formed in April 2017.
The DRC was formed and charged in April 2017 to support BFM in a Meeting-wide discernment process for identifying the best way to assure that information about our community is accessible, useful, up to date, and secure. Read the full charge here.
In May 2018 the DRC presented a final report, which recommended that the DRC be laid down, and in its place some type of ad hoc Records Implementation Committee be formed.
In June 2018, BFM concluded that: "After nearly two years of sustained effort, the ad hoc Digitization of Records Committee (DRC) has completed its work and proposed a set of next steps for the implementation of a digitization plan for Bethesda Friends Meeting. With deep gratitude for the sheer industry and clarifying insight of the DRC, and in keeping with its recommendations, the Co-Clerks now appoint an ad hoc Committee for the Implementation of a Digitization Plan (CIDP)...."
(b) Thus the second digitization ad hoc Committee was formed in June 2018 and called the Committee for the Implementation of a Digitization Plan (CIDP).
The CIDP was given a two year mission to set up a new digitization system and to follow that system for one trial year. Read the full charge here.