Interchange – Fall 2009

Our Bible Workbench series of discussions continues every First Day, providing an opportunity to explore various Christian and Hebrew scripture passages to discern where these archetypal stories may be active in our lives today.

Senior Recognition Day was held June 7, a time to show support for our five graduating high school students as they move out into the world. Various RFM committees staffed the Religious Education program over the summer, giving our regular teachers a welcomed break and providing an opportunity for many to get to know our children better.

Richmond Friends welcomed Steve Woolford and Lenore Yarger from Quaker House for a presentation in early June on the GI Rights Hotline.

Al Simmons, who served a 60-day sentence at the federal prison in Butner, NC as a prisoner of conscience for stepping over the line at Fort Benning GA while protesting the School of the Americas, presented a Friendly Forum on his experience in mid-June.

RFM is weighing its options for financing and constructing Phase 2 of the lodge at The Clearing, our retreat center in Amelia County. The original lodge built in 1990 was designed to have an addition providing a three-season meeting room, making it adequate for larger group gatherings.

We are holding in the Light our friends Betsy Brinson and Gordon Davies, who departed Richmond in mid-August for service to Ramallah Friends School in Palestine during the 2009-10 academic year.

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