DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Criminal justice reform in Maryland continues: Rabbi Charles Feinberg, executive director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR), and Diamonte Brown, former executive director of Out for Justice, will discuss pending legislation to reduce the incidence of solitary confinement in Maryland prisons (SB1015 and HB1001). Also, SB694 and HB723 would remove the Governor from parole decisions, helping to de-politicize the process. IAHR is also active in countering anti-Muslim bigotry, and Rabbi Feinberg can provide an update on his work in that arena.
Monday, February 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Peaceable City, a subcommittee of the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee, is sponsoring the second in a series of four weekly discussions on how non-violence works. Each week’s discussion will be held at Homewood’s meetinghouse (3107 N. Charles Street) and will begin with the viewing of a TED Talk. Please use the basement entrance.
Tuesday, February 28
, from 9 am to 2 pm: Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Day in Annapolis, in support of the bills discussed today (see above). The day will consist of advocacy training, review of the bills themselves, meetings with legislators, and a debriefing. Sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/PrisonersRights
Thursday, March 2, at 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday of the month. Please see the flyer (lilac paper) on the hall table for information. Send names and information to Dellie James.
Thursday, March 2
, from 11 am to 4 pm: March and rally in Annapolis to show support for a permanent ban on fracking in Maryland. The Baltimore bus will leave the Rogers Avenue Metro Station, 4300 Hayward Avenue, Baltimore 21215, at 11 am and return around 4 pm. Bus seats are $10; go to www.dontfrackmd.org/march/
to reserve your seat. Call Karie Firoozmand for more information. Our representatives in Annapolis need to know what we really want!
Sunday, March 5
, from 8 to 10:30 am: Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit Unified Efforts, sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice (BQP&J) Committee. If you can lend a hand, please contact Ann Kehinde. Learn more about Unified Efforts at www.unifiedefforts.com
or by talking with Debbie Ramsey or members of BQP&J. Please consider contributing even if you cannot attend.
Sunday, March 5, at 1 pm: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Attenders who are considering membership are encouraged to attend, to learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care is provided.
Saturday, March 11, from 9 am to 1 pm: Clerking workshop, toward making our committees operate more effectively. Open to all. Please RSVP to Lsrry Reid. Childcare will be provided, if requested by the preceding Wednesday.
Sunday, March 12: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, at Homewood’s meetinghouse. See the flyer on the hall table and in the February Newsletter.
Sunday, March 19, at 1 pm: Remembering and upholding the truth of the Holocaust – American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) work before, during and after the Holocaust: Don Gann and Isaac Rehert will discuss AFSC’s work to assist and rescue victims. See the flyer on the hall table. Childcare will be provided.
Saturday, March 25, at 9 am: Annual meeting of the Stony Run money committees – Trustees, Finance, Giving, FRAUC (Funds Review & Use), Support & Supervision, Property, and Burial Ground. Everyone is welcome. Childcare will be provided, if requested by the preceding Wednesday.
Sunday, March 26, at 1 pm: Members of the Working Group on Unaccompanied Children would like to expand their scope to immigration issues generally, with a focus on policy and advocacy, and the group invites interested Friends to join them at this meeting.
Sunday, April 9, from 9 to 10:30 am: Annual all-Meeting breakfast.
Sunday, April 9, at 1 pm: Remembering and upholding the truth of the Holocaust – A survivor speaks: Halina Silber will bear witness and share her experience. Childcare will be provided.
Saturday, April 22, at 9 am: Annual all-Meeting budget discussion, an opportunity for us to explore our spending and fundraising priorities and provide guidance for the development of the next budget. Childcare will be provided, if requested by the preceding Wednesday.
Friday through Sunday, April 28-30: Men’s Retreat at Camp Catoctin. Contact Blaine Keener for information.
Friday through Sunday, September 22-24: Stony Run camping weekend at Camp Catoctin. Contact Blaine Keener for information.
Old quality Biblical reference books, now available in nearby libraries and/or online, will be donated to Pratt if not ‘adopted’ by March 5. They are currently located on the Library window ledge.
Miles White Beneficial Society scholarships and educational grants: Preference is given to students and organizations in the metropolitan Baltimore area and to those associated with BYM. Applications are being accepted until March 15. See Stony Run’s February Newsletter for more information.
The Jonathan K. Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund is administered by Stony Run, and preference goes to members of the BYM community. For the next academic year, up to $15,000 can be allocated among the successful applicants. For more information or to apply by the April 20 deadline, contact Cindy Maier.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry: Please remember to add non-perishable items for the CARES food pantry to your grocery list. You may leave food contributions in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level near the rear staircase. Items most needed: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, rice, spaghetti sauce.
Social Order Box: Donations during February and March will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Please see the February Newsletter for information about the Fund’s work through litigation, advocacy and public education. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway by the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The Meeting office is open Monday–Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 am.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule: Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday, but his hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events.
GIVING TO THE MEETING – FINANCIAL FACTS
For 2017, the Meeting has budgeted income of $378,000. Contributions are expected to be $195,000, the annual concert should raise $45,000, the harvest from Endowments and Invested Reserves will be $130,000, and miscellaneous income should be $8,000.