Interchange – Winter 2010

The Community, Care and Clearness Committee (formerly Overseeers) is busy with activities that help to build the community spirit within our Meeting: continued revision of the committee’s procedural manual; All Meeting Family Camping Weekend; Clearness Committees for individual members as well as those for Membership and Weddings Under the Care of the Meeting; and coordinating End-of-Life Memorials. Additionally, CCC takes some pride in the very inspiring work that is being done by the Working Group on Newcomers and Welcoming. The Working Group has sponsored several forums on topics of interest to newcomers. Our members continue to make a special effort to greet newcomers and help them engage with the Meeting.

The Stony Run McKim Committee received donations for the after school and Saturday programs for children and youth, as well as the Summer Day Camp next year. Meeting Friends also gave gifts for the holiday party. McKim Community Center is located near the precursor to the Park Avenue Meeting House, which is the precursor to the Stony Run Meeting House. It provides tutoring, recreation programs, clubs and activities focusing on character development, leadership and service learning.

This year Stony Run has begun to see the results of our work on healing our community after some rough patches in the past few years. One significant change in Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is to have two members hold the process in prayer thoughout the meeting and actively support our clerk. We see our committees as a reflection of the whole meeting and recognize the need for more nurture and less to-dos.

Friends Community Garden grows! Volunteers from Stony Run plus Friends School students, parents, and faculty, worked during all of 2009 raising funds, building, planting, and harvesting a beautiful, fenced-in, raised-bed vegetable garden by the entrance to Baltimore Friends School. We had a huge crop of food and flowers, thanks to teams who watered daily all summer. Even tiny preschoolers paid visits. We look forward to year 2 with even more involvement in this amazing activity which brings school and Meeting together regularly.

In Indian Affairs, The Meeting approved a minute in support of prison inmates in Rosharon, Texas, in their efforts to establish a Native American religious organization.

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