On the third Sunday of each month at the rise of Meeting for Worship, the Ministry & Counsel Committee sponsors a Forum. The time is used to broaden our awareness and knowledge about important issues in our world today, to deepen our awareness of Quakerism, to foster spirituality or community. Topics discussed range from matters concerning the environment or things we might do to address racism in our daily lives, to Quaker spirituality and values. A formal presentation is normally followed by insightful sharing around how the matters discussed have impacted us personally.
Past Forums Include:
"What Does the Earth Ask of Us?" with Gunpowder's Spirit and Nature Group
"White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism" including a short video by Robin DiAngelo
"Learning about the Injustices of the Doctrine of Discovery"
“Dawnland, a film about the Maine Wabanaki” - State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission
"A Transgender Journey" with Chloe Schwenke of Adelphi Meeting
"Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform's (MAJR) Legislative Agenda" with Bob Rhudy
"Asylum Seekers and Refugees" with Linda Rabben
"What It Means to be a Quaker and Part of a Quaker Community," worship sharing
"Quakerism 101: Spiritual Ideals in Quaker History," a discussion of Michael Birkel's book Silence and Witness.
"Joys and Sorrows of Baltimore Yearly Meeting" with BYM General Secretary Ned Stowe.
"The Changing Face of Friends United Meeting" with Georgia Fuller
"The Spiritual State of Gunpowder Meeting," worship sharing
"Green Burials" by the Green Burial Association of Maryland
Presentations by the children of First Day School