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.
We felt the deep power of the silent and expectant waiting on the Spirit in our Meetings for Worship and in our other gatherings. We found this silence to be an important part of our corporate as well as individual experiences. Friends nurtured this Spirit among our young children by encouraging parents to bring them into Meeting for Worship for the first 20 minutes. We wanted children and Young Friends to know they are valued members of our community. We recognized the need for fostering intergenerational activities where Friends of all ages can get to know one another.
The query “how do the ways in which we choose to use our community’s resources reflect our most deeply held values?” is answered in part by the deep engagement of Richmond Friends Meeting in the first few months of 2009.
During the winter session of the Virginia General Assembly, the RFM community was active in sharing Friends views on legislative issues that impact poverty and social justice issues during Virginia Friends Advocacy Day.
Our mid-February Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business was especially rich because of the presence of Young Friends attending the weekend-long BYM Youth Conference at our Meeting House.