MAY DAY RVA, May 1st in Abner Clay Park

Published April 21, 2017 by

You are invited to attend MAY DAY RVA – May 1st, 10:30 am – 8 pm at Abner Clay Park, 200 West Clay Street. New Virginia Majority, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and other local community groups are sponsoring the “MAY DAY RVA” event in conjunction with similar gatherings throughout the country in support of immigrants, workers, and those who are marginalized.

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Thinking About Race – Mychal Denzel Smith

Published April 21, 2017 by

From the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Working Group on Racism:

In his recent (2016) book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching:  A Young Black Man’s Education, writer Mychal Denzel Smith includes a chapter about his personal struggles with depression.  He goes deeply into how difficult it is for black men, whose persona is generally supposed to be macho, to acknowledge mental health problems and any need for – or access to — mental health treatment.

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Youth Peace Summit Scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017

Published April 21, 2017 by

Registration is now open for the Richmond Youth Peace Summit, Saturday, April 29, 2017. This program, sponsored annually by the Richmond Peace Education Center, will be held at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Southside campus, 700 E. Belt Blvd. Richmond, VA 23224, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to young people from throughout central Virginia, ages 12-19, free of charge. Lunch is provided.

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Guidance from Ministry and Worship on Partisan Announcements

Published April 21, 2017 by

At a time of great intensity of feeling surrounding our national political life, some Friends seek guidance about political messages in Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business and in personal announcements. Friends are reminded that Richmond Friends Meeting is a nonpartisan organization. Messages directed at particular individuals or political parties stand in the way of our fulfilling the timeless Quaker instruction to “walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.” Foregoing personal attack does not preclude our speaking to the deep issues of our time, particularly those that have received minuted support from the Richmond Friends Meeting community or that bear on historic Quaker commitments to peace, justice, and equality.

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More information – Spring Retreat at The Clearing

Published April 21, 2017 by

Rising In the Current: Recharging and reconnecting with the spark and flow of creation, within and around us! Join us at The Clearing – our Meeting’s retreat center in Amelia County – for a weekend of fun, fellowship and connection. Friday night will feature a film screening of “Still Waters,” Barb Adams’ award- winning documentary. Saturday we will soar into a kite-making workshop with time for visiting the pond, board games, and opportunities to just…be.

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Educational Forum on Sanctuary

Published March 27, 2017 by

The RFM Peace and Social Concerns Committee is aware that the current U.S. administration is going forward with plans to increase the number of deportations of the undocumented and expand the scope of these deportations. Our Quaker testimonies of equality, community, and integrity cause us to hold in the Light the impact on the undocumented immigrant community of an unjust immigration system that harms people’s human and civil rights and tears families apart, and children from parents.

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Workshop on How to Talk about Being a Quaker and Sharing Outreach Ideas

Published March 27, 2017 by

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 9:30am in the Community Room.

You are not alone!  Many Quakers have trouble or lack confidence articulating about Quakerism.  In this experiential workshop we will generate ideas and practice answering real questions like, “What do Quakers believe?’ and “You say you have no dogmas and creeds,so can you believe anything you like?”  In the second part of the workshop, we will hear from our new RFM Visibility Coordinators. What could more outreach look like for our beloved community?

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Collection of Supplies to Support Armstrong High School

Published March 2, 2017 by

From the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and Denna Joy:

Peace and Social Concerns Committee would like collect supplies in March in support of the students at Armstrong High School. I have been part of the support staff there for a number of years. Armstrong is a Richmond Public School High School located in the city’s east end. It has a proud history. It was founded in the 1870s as the Richmond Colored Normal School and became the first public school in Richmond for African American students. The school was named for Union General Armstrong, a white commander of colored troops during the Civil War who founded Hampton Institute, a historically black college. Alumni speak with pride of the strong school spirit of Armstrong students.

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