We framed our Spiritual State of the Meeting report in response to the queries from Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
How does the Spirit prosper among you? How does your Meeting ensure that ministry is nurtured, and that members and attenders feel valued and cared for? Continue reading
The Clearing – a meditative retreat center
The Clearing, a gift to RFM from Louise Whittington, is situated in a peaceful, natural forest setting located within an hour’s drive of Richmond. Since its inception in 1983, The Clearing has hosted numerous retreats, scout gatherings and personal respite experiences for persons looking for a peaceful wilderness setting for reflection.
Looking back on this year, we view the Spiritual State of our Meeting as steady, vibrant, healthy, alive, and active. We have not had one or two major activities. Instead, we have experienced energy and vitality bubbling up in a number of important and exciting areas of our community’s life.
We are pleased to note the increase in participation in our committees by younger members of our community—some in positions of leadership. The Nominating Committee found responsiveness on the part of new attenders when offered the opportunities to serve.
The Richmond Friends Meeting community mourned the lost of two beloved members. Ruth Dahlke passed away on December 7, 2009. Ruth was a longtime member of Richmond. She moved to Friends House several years ago and was in nursing care there. Her son, Carl, has suggested a spring time memorial, as the flowers begin to bloom.
Jean Jones Andersen passed on December 14, 2009 after a courageous journey with cancer. Her memorial was held on December 21, the Winter Solstice, a most appropriate day for Jean. The family requests that gifts may be given to the African Great Lakes Initiative.