After nearly a decade of striving with complex issues, we have settled into a more unified time at Meeting. The years of change have winnowed our Meeting and we, like so many other meetings, are examining our work with an eye toward simplifying our focus. At the same time, we are expanding into the community of BYM and into the world community and returning with a fullness of Spirit.
Two Thousand Eleven finds Sandy Spring Friends Meeting in a period of reflection on the future of our community, as we move forward with a major construction project that will eventually result in a more eco-friendly and more usable space that also maintains continuity with our past. Friends are constantly reflecting on what it means to worship in such a large meeting, and the advantages and challenges that arise from it. Continue reading
We are grateful to gather weekly for meeting for worship in this large community of Friends. We approach the writing of the Spiritual State of the Meeting Report humbly. The variety of experiences in the community creates many “spiritual states of the meeting,” weaving a rich tapestry of spiritual experience in our meeting. We are aware of the great purpose and deep spiritual renewal that arises from waiting in silent communal worship. We seek to include this in the multitude of activities undertaken and supported by the meeting and are mindful that our practices support our faith. The circular nature of this spiritual experience is then appreciated: gathered meetings for worship feed our activities, which nourish and inform our worshipful gatherings.
Sandy Spring Friends have recognized that the tenure of quiet peace and fellowship enjoyed by those present on our Meeting House grounds has been undercut by the forceful current of financial unrest that has enveloped our country. At Eleventh Month Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, the Finance Committee proposed a new budget which came about after reviewing historical data for the Meeting, trends in revenues and expenses, specific needs identified by Committees and others, and patterns in giving.