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Call to Action: BFM’s Identity and Role in Approaching Racism

  • October 24, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • via Zoom
Answering The Call To Equality:
A Threshing Session

Sunday, Oct 24 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Please join us as we gather to engage in a “threshing” session. For more information and to request the Zoom link, please use our  "Contact us" form

We seek to clarify whether BFM wishes to take a journey toward healing the harm, reducing the impact, understanding and counteracting systemic racism within ourselves, our community, and the world.


  1.   In what way is systemic racism an area of continuing revelation on our testimonies of Equality, Integrity, and Community which calls us to concerted collective effort and action to support uprooting systemic racism and developing the “Beloved Community”?
  2.    What internal work do we need to undertake in our mindset, behavior, words, processes, and systems to avoid unwittingly perpetuating systemic racism in ourselves as we seek to take collective actions to uproot it in the external world?
  3.    What is the support and expertise we need to see our biases and address the resistance, pain, fear, anger, hurt, shame, and guilt that might arise, so we can move forward to effective action?
  4.    What level of time and energy are we willing to commit at both an individual and community level?
  5.    At what level are we prepared to pay for external expertise and how would we secure funds (budget adjustments and/or special fund-raising)? (Note: there is an offer by a family in the Meeting to make a contribution matching that of the Meeting)

Kathryn Pettus, a member of Baltimore Friends Meeting, Stony Run, has agreed to clerk this session and has provided a brief description of threshing sessions and the role of the clerk. 

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 organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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