Minutes of Meeting at 10/08 BYM

Peace and Social Concerns Committee

Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Annual Session

August 4 & 6, 2010

Attendance: Bill Mims (Langley Hill) Clerk, Leada Dietz (York) Recording Clerk, Alexander Barnes (Adelphi), Davis Balderson, Ann Solomon (Alexandria), Michael Conklin, Joan Gildemeister (FMW), Chuck Hedges, Lella Russell Smith (Goose Creek), Maryhelen Snyder (Langley Hill), Kathy Fox (Maury River), Ken Stockbridge (Pataspco), Carol Miller (Patuxent), Bette Hoover (Sandy Spring), Howard Fezell (Shepherdstown) Ellen Johnson Arginteanu (State College), Bob Goren, Dellie James, (Stony Run) Sally Keller (York)

We gathered in worship at 7:30pm on 8-4-2010 to consider three things:

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Networking Day

The Peace and Social Concerns committee invites everyone to Networking Day 9/11 10am at the Sandy Spring Community House.

In the morning we will have a presentation by Nathan Harrington, a member of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. Nathan is creating an intentional community in the Congress Heights section of Anacostia in D.C. There are four people who have bought a house there and work together in the community on social justice issues.  He also teaches in a challenging public school in Prince George’s County.

After his talk we’ll talk about our successes and challenges.

A breakfast snack and lunch will be provided by the excellent Hospitalitarians of SSMM.


9:00—light breakfast-bagels, juice, tea, coffee, suggested donation $3.00

10:00—Presentation by Nathan Harrington

12:00—Lunch-vegetarian chili, salad, fruit and bread, suggested donation $5.00

1:00—Networking among Meetings about dealing with issues of peace and so-cial concerns. Attenders in previous years have found this enriching and inspir-ing, learning from each other and deepening their appreciation for what they have been doing. This is not limited to Peace and Social concerns committee members, any member or attender with interest in peace and social concerns is welcome to join us

Thanks to Sandy Spring Friends for the food! Please RSVP to Ellen Atkinson, mewa42@aol.com or 301-774-3636 by Tuesday 9/7 in order to adequately plan amounts

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Letter from Zimbabwe

Letter from Steve Brooks
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
July 24, 2010

Dear Friends:

I’ve been in Zimbabwe a little over a month but so much has happened. I feel settled in my “second home”. I’m now interim coordinator as the outgoing coordinator, David Jobson, departed to South Africa several weeks ago. We’re in the throes of a financial crisis as the training numbers this term are not what we hoped for. We’re struggling to find creative solutions to this as we’ve got some great potential here, it’s just a challenge to find a way to make it generate an income, especially in the current environment in Zimbabwe where there is too little money chasing too many goods.

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Visioning Report

1) Looking at your committee description in the BYM Manual of Procedure: What is the most meaningful, enduring or vital part of your committee’s charge? Where is the energy, the Spirit, in it?

Our Committee sees the “charge” to “stimulate and coordinate activities of Monthly Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Commitees regarding those issues that affect the fabric of society and on which Quaker testimonies can be brought to bear,” as very important, and even vital. This is where we can be of most use to the Yearly Meeting.
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