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The Quaker Splits III: What Keeps Us Together

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…

You Are My Sunshine!

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. Sponsored by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Welcoming and Growing Our Meeting.

MAY DAY RVA, May 1st in Abner Clay Park

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. Schedule of events for the day: 10:30 Interfaith Prayers -Vigilia Interreligiosa 11:00 Community Art Showcase…

Thinking About Race – Mychal Denzel Smith

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. “What would happen if we reframed…

Youth Peace Summit Scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017

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. Participants learn leadership and conflict resolution skills, ways to work for social justice and…

Guidance from Ministry and Worship on Partisan Announcements

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…