Food for Thought
"What the Society of Friends has done since its earliest days has been to accept women as individual human beings, as valid disciples as men, as competent as they for spiritual leadership."
Elizabeth Gray Vining, in Women in the Society of Friends
"It is indicative of how unorthodox Fox’s position was, that apparently more people left the radical new religion because of their disagreement over the issue of female participation than for any other cause."
Hope Elizabeth Luder, in Women in Quakerism
9:30 am Meeting for Worship, on the front porch
11:00 am Programmed Meeting for Worship, via Zoom
11:00 am Meetings for Worship, via Zoom and outside the meetinghouse
1:00 pm Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, via Zoom
The meetinghouse remains closed, but outdoor unprogrammed Meetings for Worship will be held at 9:30 and 11 am on First Day. The 11 am worship is also available via Zoom, so if you have any reservations about being in a large, outdoor group, you can participate in the 11 am worship from home using Zoom or a telephone. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you determine if you have Covid-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) and/or whether you should take extra precautions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html).
To participate in the 11 am UNPROGRAMMED worship via Zoom, browse to this address: https://zoom.us/j/4437032591?pwd=eTZGVlZibkJZM1B3NE9BM3hneUlHdz09
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592.
The meeting ID is 443 703 2591 and the password is 5116.
For f/Friends choosing to participate in outdoor worship, please bring your own chair or blanket, maintain six feet of separation, and wear a cloth face covering. Worship at 9:30 is on the front porch. For the 11 am worship, we move downhill and away from Charles Street. Please look for signs outside the meetinghouse and remember – downhill and away from Charles Street. If you bring very young children, please have things to entertain them as there will be no childcare. At 11:20, children attending kindergarten and older are invited to join a multi-age group activity outdoors. Please talk with your children ahead of time about the importance of six feet of separation.
To participate in the 11 am PROGRAMMED worship via Zoom, browse to this address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2191246811?pwd=SXdDcERuWStCOGt0alBTTndGSFg1Zz09
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592.
Meeting ID: 219 124 6811 and the password is 546780.
Every Thursday, at 8 pm: Bible Study via Zoom. The meeting ID and password are the same as for programmed worship on First Day. For information, contact Pastor Ronald Moyia.
Thursday, April 8, from 7 to 9 pm: Coming to the Table (CTTT) – Baltimore Group will meet via Zoom. CTTT groups provide a forum for the transformative work of undoing racism by meeting regularly for truth-telling, deep dialogue, building relationships, healing, and taking action to dismantle inequitable systems and structures based on “race.” RSVP for this meeting to CTTTBaltimore@gmail.com. If you have not participated previously, please include the following in your email – full name, phone number, city/county and state from where you will be participating, and (if you wish) the pronouns you prefer to use. A link for the Zoom gathering will be sent the afternoon before the meeting to those who have RSVP’d.
Saturday, April 10, from 10:30 to noon: Just Peace meeting, via the Zoom address used for unprogrammed worship. Just Peace is a collaboration between Unified Efforts youth and Stony Run Quakers and is focused on police accountability and reform. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month, and everyone is welcome!
Saturday, April 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Threshing Session hosted by Ministry & Counsel, offering discussion about the relationship between our African Diaspora Friends and Stony Run. We will look at the history, discuss with our African Friends what they would like to develop as a relationship with Stony Run, address questions and possibilities and discern next steps. As we plan for this gathering, we offer this query, largely lifted from BYM’s Declaration as an Anti- Racist Faith Community that was approved August 3, 2019 at Annual Session: How might this decision advance Stony Run’s goals of promoting diversity, fostering justice and creating the Beloved Community for all people?
Saturday, April 10, 3 to 4 pm: BYM Anti-Racist Declaration Explored. In 2017, Baltimore Yearly Meeting adopted a declaration stating that we are an anti-racist community. The Growing Diverse Leadership Committee invites Friends to join in a conversation to more deeply understand the declaration and how best to use it as we worship and work together. This is the last of three dates for this conversation. You can sign up at https://www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/ymeventscal.html/event/2021/04/1....
Sunday, April 11, at 1 pm: Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business was postponed by one week because the first First Day in April was Easter. Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to attend business meeting, to learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Please note: The Finance and Trustees Report for 2020 was distributed earlier this week.
Sunday, April 18, at noon: Third of four third-Sunday-of-the-month events, to view and then discuss a short Quaker Speak video. The topic for April is “How to Have a Clearness Committee.” This series is presented by Patapsco Monthly Meeting. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocemurzgrE9ZxjgNDmbCf3T9D7rN... After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Sunday, April 18, at the rise of the 11 am worship: Virtual Staff Appreciation. The Committee for Support and Supervision (CSS) invites the Stony Run community to join us in thanking those who have kept the Meeting and its facilities cared for and functioning during this past year. We hope that they will join us then so that we can thank them for going above and beyond to keep things going during these uncertain times. Please mark your calendars to stay a little longer after Meeting for Worship on this date. Sorry we can’t have cake this year, but there will be virtual good fellowship!
Sunday, April 18, from 2 to 3:30 pm: Final workshop session on facilitating Trust Circles, which are a project of the Change Group. Trust Circles are designed to help people in our meeting listen more deeply to one another, develop a better understanding of one another’s needs and wants from the Meeting, and give rise to relationships that we hope will be more satisfying and, perhaps, longer lasting. The Trust Circles themselves will be formed when the Change Group next meets on May 16. All are welcome to join the Trust Circles. It is anticipated that there will be a choice of meeting times for the ongoing Trust Circles, once formed – Sunday afternoon and one other day to be determined.
Friday, May 14, through Saturday, May 15: Spiritual Formation Spring Retreat, via Zoom. The theme is “Joy & Woe.” For more information and to register, go to www.bym-rsf.org/events/spiritform.
Quaker Voice Update: The last day of the 2021 General Assembly session is Monday, April 12, at which time we will know the final status of our priority bills. Check the QVM website for updates (www.quakervoicemd.org) and stay tuned for a virtual event (once we have all caught our breath) to review what happened over the past 13 weeks.
• Police Accountability Bills: Action still needed! If you haven't had a chance to submit this week’s action alert on the importance of a clear definition of lethal force there is no better time than now! For an update check out this from WYPR Police Reform Unsettled With A Week Left in Session.
• Climate Solutions Now: Focus on House Committees. CCAN is asking for support in advocating for the passage of SB414 - the Senate version of the Climate Solutions Now bill - even though it has been heavily amended. In our action alert we focused on the Environment & Transportation committee, but the Economic Matters committee is also important at this point in the process. Consider contacting both!
The Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform has a list of current opportunities to influence the course of reform in Maryland. For more information see their newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/80f877f40269/time-to-take-action?e=07976989c6.
If you are willing to help fund a fence to surround a house on a busy street where a child with cerebral palsy and moderate intellectual disability lives with his Syrian refugee family, for the purpose of keeping that child safe, please send a check to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with “fence project Syrian family” on the memo line. Total cost for materials is expected to be $6,000. The family and their friends will supply the labor. Because this is for just one family, your contribution will not be tax-deductible, but it is likely to give you joy! The May Newsletter will contain more details.
For those who wish to send condolences for the loss of David Zarembka and Gladys Kamonya to David's children here in the U.S., please contact Adrian Bishop or Rosalie Dance for the addresses. A memorial meeting for David and Gladys will be held later under the care of Bethesda Meeting.
To Stony Run Parents: Registration for Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) summer camps is underway, and BYM is implementing a sliding scale fee structure rather than set fees. For details, please see the Firecircle newsletter at https://indd.adobe.com/view/4835f012-346d-4d81-ac76-2ca094f9e511. Previously, Stony Run's Religious Education (RE) Committee offered BYM camp scholarships to families from the meeting community. After RE learned about the new BYM fee structure, they decided to make a lump-sum donation to support BYM camp fees and encourage families to engage with BYM's sliding scale. However, RE remains committed to sending eager children from our meeting community to summer camp. If you need support for your BYM sliding scale fee, contact any member of RE and we will find the funds to support the fun. Contact Martha Johnson, Annemiek Wilms Floet, Trudy Rogers, Tanza Aliberti, Paul Isayi, RoJamie Oyenuga or Blaine Keener.
Social Order Box: Donations during April and May go to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) https://www.splcenter.org/. The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. Checks for the Social Order Box can be mailed to the meetinghouse. Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry needs canned pasta meals, peanut butter, jelly, bar soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. If buying and then bringing items to Stony Run is too problematic during these difficult times, you can send a financial contribution to the meetinghouse. Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with CARES on the memo line.
The Meeting’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) has funds available for grants in 2021. Categories for grants include Nurture, Discretionary Outreach, Community Service and Eldercare. To start the request process, print out and complete the application form, available online at http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/frauc-grant-request-form. Questions? Contact Alice Cherbonnier, Clerk of FRAUC.
Jonathan Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund applications are being accepted. The fund is administered by Stony Run trustees, and preference goes to members of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting community. For the 2021-2022 academic year, up to $15,000 is available to be distributed among the successful applicants. For more information, or to apply by the June 1, 2021 deadline, contact Cindy Maier or Nick Fessenden.
From the Office
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is semi-closed Monday through Thursday, with some staff working from home and (usually) at least one person in the office. The office is closed on Friday. To contact Larry, Cindy or Janet, please use email, if possible.
Weekly announcements: The deadline to submit events or announcements is noon on Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the May Newsletter are due by April 15.
Giving to the Meeting
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget can be mailed to the meetinghouse, or you can choose the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution.