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Sandy Spring Friends Monthly Meeting


About a Friends Meeting

The Religious Society of Friends holds as the basis of its faith the belief that God endows each human being with a measure of the Divine Spirit. We believe that the gift of God’s presence and the light of God’s Truth have been available to all people at all times and in all ages. The Religious Society of Friends has no formal creed but seeks continuing revelation. We are a religious fellowship based on common religious ideals and experiences rather than on creed or liturgy. Each person must prayerfully seek individual guidance and must follow the Light found within. We welcome to our fellowship all seekers who in spirit and in truth try to find and follow the will of God and who are in sympathy with the principles and practices of Friends. [from Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Draft Faith and Practice (2013)]

Quakers are the Religious Society of Friends, a faith that emerged as a new Christian denomination in England during a period of religious turmoil in the mid-1600’s and is practiced today in a variety of forms around the world. To members, the words “Quaker”and “Friend” mean the same thing. Quakers are an active, involved faith-based community living in the modern world. We are a diverse people consisting of several distinct branches. We continue our traditional testimonies of pacifism, social equality, integrity, and simplicity, which we interpret and express in a variety of ways. Today, many Friends include stewardship of our planet as one of our testimonies. Quakers are not Amish, Anabaptists, Shakers or Puritans–we come from a separate tradition than these other groups. We mostly don’t dress like the man on the box of oats anymore, and today we hardly ever use the pronoun “thee.” [adapted from the Quaker Information Center, Earlham School of Religion]

Officers and Clerks

Clerk:     Natalie Finegar       clerk@sandyspring.org

Assistant Clerk:     Samuel “Sam” Garman

Treasurer:     Margo Lehman       treasurer@sandyspring.org

Newsletter Editor:     Rosalind Zuses       newsletter@sandyspring.org

Clerk of Trustees: Jonathan Glass

Web Clerks: Matthew Taylor and Jennifer Domenick        webmaster@sandyspring.org