Food for Thought
"For Quakers, the cultivation of the interior life through regular practice of periods of silence has been an essential part of living. They know it as a way into that quiet place which is the vital core of man’s being: the deep focus of self-consciousness. It is from this center that all creative energy radiates and to which men must constantly return for renewal in the necessary ebb and flow of life."
George H. Gorman, in The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship
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, see below for details
UNPROGRAMMED Meetings for Worship are held at 9:30 and 11 am on First Day. Those who gather for 9:30 worship will decide whether to meet outdoors or in the meeting room. At 11 am, the meeting room and Zoom will merge for worship. Childcare for all ages is provided from 9:15 to 10:45. Children age 5 years and older are then encouraged to participate in worship until 11:20, followed by First Day School. Childcare continues for ages four and under until 12:15. In the meeting room, the overhead fans will be on and windows open; please dress accordingly.
Opening the meetinghouse for worship and other gatherings does not mean it is safe – your safest option is to quarantine.
At all times and in all places in the meetinghouse, wear a mask and maintain six feet of separation.
Any persons who come to the meetinghouse will do so because they have decided to accept the attendant risk.
Please refer to the Reopening Plan for a complete set of guidelines for when you are in the meetinghouse.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you determine if you have Covid-19 symptoms and/or whether you should take extra precautions.
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.
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 and use meeting ID 219 124 6811 and the password 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.
Sunday, June 27: Oscar Mmbali will be our guest. Oscar is the first Friend from Kenya to be hired for an overseas post by Friends United Meeting (FUM). He is currently the pastor to Friends in Belize, including Belize Friends School. He previously worked in countering human trafficking in Thailand, where he earned his doctoral degree in community development. On this date, a forum on Zoom is planned for 9:15 am. Oscar will attend in person our unprogrammed worship at 11 and programmed worship at 1 pm, followed by worship with the United Society of Friends Women. At the rise of the 11:00 meeting, Friends are invited to meet Oscar outside the meetinghouse and to enjoy fellowship and snacks from Belize. Rosalie Dance and Adrian Bishop became close friends with Oscar as they worked together in Belize. Rosalie and Adrian invite you to share in that friendship and consider supporting Oscar’s work.
Monday, June 28, from 7 to 8:30 pm: Six activist Quakers will discuss Activism & Contemplative Life. How do the two complement each other? How do Quaker communities nurture activism? Sponsored by Friends Meeting of Washington and held via Zoom; register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-yqqDgsE9PvhpCFvo-xNw6BLI6... For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday through Sunday, July 1-4: Gathering of Friends Global Ministries Diaspora Quakers, to which everyone at Stony Run is invited. Workshop topics will include Quakerism in the 21st Century, early Quakerism, racism and law enforcement, faith, peace and reconciliation. Covid screening and vaccination will be available; those not already vaccinated will need to wear masks. More information is at www.friendsglobalministriesdiaspora.org.
Thursday, July 1, from 8 to 9 pm: Clinton Pettus speaks at the Friends General Conference (FGC) 2021 (virtual) Gathering. FGC writes: Clinton Pettus has lived and worked in settings that were predominantly black and those that were predominantly white. He and his wife, Kathryn, now live in a life-plan community where they are the only people of color. Clinton Pettus is a member of the Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends, Stony Run but grew up in the Baptist tradition in the segregated South. His adult life has been devoted to working for education and social justice for people of color. Drawing on his lived experiences, Clinton explores the intersection of racism, colorism, sexism, and classism as they contribute to oppression and discrimination.
Thursday, July 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, July 10, from 2:30 to 4 pm: 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!
Sunday, July 11, from 1 to 2 pm: Bible Study with Paul Isayi, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship, held on the second Sunday of the month. Contact Paul if you have questions.
Saturday, August 7, at 11 am: Memorial Meeting for Worship for Michael Vermehren.
Writing Coaches Needed for Unified Efforts One-Week Writing Course: If you are a good writer and/or editor and can devote a week of your time to coaching a Unified Efforts teenage writer, please email Jennie Sherwin. Coaching will take place during a Zoom course, which will be held from July 19 through July 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is the first year that the writing course will be held over the course of a week. The goal of the course will be for each student to produce an article for publication in IBelongMagazine.com, the annual publication of Unified Efforts directed by Debbie Ramsey. Course materials will be shared with coaches in advance.
During our recent Zoom gathering with members of the Friends Women’s Association in Burundi, we learned that Burundi and Rwanda, and probably many other African countries, have not received ANY doses of the Covid-19 vaccines. Please contact your representatives in Washington, D.C. and ask them to support Covid vaccines for Africa.
Do you know of a reliable surplus vehicle? LaMontez Mosley is part of the Unified Efforts (UE) program. He is working full-time at Amazon's Baltimore Facility, but the bus is unreliable, and Uber/Lyft are expensive. Does anyone have or know of a reliable vehicle that’s no longer needed and could be donated? Tez is a founding member of the Just Peace Working Group, a 2019 graduate of Connections High School, and an intern at UE’s Baltimore Blast and I Belong Magazine. Please contact Unified Efforts’ Executive Director, Debbie Ramsey, or board President Adrian Bishop. Both are Stony Run members.
Several Stony Runners are going to Camp Catoctin for the first time this year (!!!!) and rather than buying new stuff that will quickly be outgrown, we are inviting the community to dig into their closets to see what equipment might be shared. The following items would be most appreciated: hiking backpacks for people between 5’ to 5’ 3” tall, sleeping Bags (synthetic, not down), and both foam pads usable for bunks in camp (inflatable is ok) as well as thinner pads for hiking. If you have any of these items, please contact Guli Fager and THANK YOU for supporting our campers!
The 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 must be built by professionals instead of the family, thus increasing the cost. The price of materials is very high in the current market, increasing the cost even more, but the fence is critical for keeping this child safe. Please consider sending a check to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with “fence project Syrian family” on the memo line. Another $10,000 is needed. We are looking elsewhere for funding, but monetary support from Friends would be very much appreciated. Your donation will not be tax deductible since it will benefit just one family. Questions? Call Annemiek Wilms Floet or Rosalie Dance.
June is Pride Month: This month we celebrate and affirm the LGBTQ+ community. Community, Care and Clearness Committee encourages everyone to find ways to support and affirm LBGTQ+ folks. Check out the baltimorepride.org link to join the virtual Pride Parade on the 19th and other events during the week of June 13-20. Attend an "Interfaith Coalition with Pride" Service on June 17 from 7-8 pm; contact email@example.com for the Zoom link. Learn some LGBTQ+ history by watching the documentary "Pride" on FX or Hulu. View this Quaker Speak video featuring gay Kenyan Friend Justimore Musombi: https://quakerspeak.com/video/justimore-musombi-gay-kenyan-quaker-pastor/.
The Library Committee is back at work in the library, meeting twice monthly: on the first First Day of the month to perform maintenance activities, and on the third First Day of the month to address policy and acquisition questions.
Social Order Box: Donations during June and July go to Out For Justice, Inc. (OFJ), a grassroots non-profit organization founded in Baltimore in 2006 by a group of formerly incarcerated individuals who were ready and willing to work but were repeatedly denied employment due to their criminal record. With the support of other justice-impacted individuals, their friends, and their family members, OFJ strives to bring about policy reform that ends employment barriers and the perpetual punishment that adversely affects citizens impacted by the criminal justice system. Checks for the Social Order Box can be mailed to the meetinghouse or placed in the box standing at the entrance to the library; you can also select the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution. Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry especially needs baked beans, jelly and toothpaste. Donations always fall off during the summer, so please contribute if you can. If buying and then bringing items to Stony Run is too problematic, 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.
From the Office
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is staffed Monday through Thursday, with (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 each Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the July/August Newsletter are due by July 1. [The July/August Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be held on July 25.]
Giving to the Meeting
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget can be mailed to the meetinghouse or placed in the wall-mounted box next to the elevator; you can also select the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution.