The Quaker Splits III: What Keeps Us Together

Published May 24, 2017 by

In recent months, Adult Spiritual Education sessions covered the history of splits and schisms in Quakerism, showing the Richmond Friends Meeting’s positions over the years.

On June 25 at 9:30am, Ministry & Worship Committee will continue this discussion.  ASE will provide a quick recap, from George Fox until, after the 1967 death of its pastor, Richmond Friends Meeting switched from being a pastored, programmed meeting into the unpastored, unprogrammed meeting we are today.  Then M&W will launch small discussion groups where all can share our individual beliefs and how they operate within a loving and very meaningful — if not always totally unified — meeting community.

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You Are My Sunshine!

Published May 24, 2017 by

A social gathering and sing-along for young adults, teens, children, and babies too.  Sunday, June 11, 3pm-5pm, at the meetinghouse. Led by Kelly Kennedy, singer and actress.  We are also inviting young adults who grew up in Meeting and live in Richmond. This is a very casual, fun get-together with music and refreshments.

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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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