Patuxent Friends Monthly Meeting was established in 1980 upon a strong current of Quaker Universalism. We, who are called Quakers or Friends, are members of the Religious Society of Friends. We believe God is present in every person. We have no formal creed, no ritual, dogma, nor liturgy. Instead, we gather in a circle of communal silence, creating a space where we listen attentively and expectantly for Divine guidance, both individually and corporately.
We strive to respond in love, rather than react in fear; we seek peace both inward and outward in our daily lives; we are led to implement our concerns for the equal rights of all. Many of us have been drawn to the Religious Society of Friends because of its dual commitment to Spiritual awareness and social action. We support each other on our continuing journey toward a more perfect understanding of the light of the Spirit shared by all.
We invite you to share this spiritual journey with us.
Please join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Your children are also welcome either at Meeting for Worship or First Day School.
Picture by Hugh Conway, taken February 7, 2010
Patuxent Friends Meeting sponsors the Community Mediation Centers of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, which assist Southern Maryland residents, organizations and businesses by providing alternative dispute resolution services. The Centers provide an opportunity to manage conflicts differently. With the help of trained volunteer mediators, participants can discuss issues and talk about their concerns. In mediation, the participants—not the mediator—control the decisions and the outcome.
Other local organizations supported by Patuxent Friends include: Calvert Interfaith Council, Project ECHO homeless shelter , Patuxent Voices, Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, and Friends House at Sandy Spring .
National Organizations supported included: Right Sharing of World Resources, Friends Journal, Quaker Life magazine,
Friends General Conference, Friends United Meeting, American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee for National Legislation, and the Interfaith Working Group for religious diversity and social issues.
For more information on Quakerism and Quaker organizations (American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), etc.) go to www.quaker.org.
Picture by Hugh Conway, Spring 2010
Some Friends say there is
That of God in everyone,
Which must include me.
Peter Rabenold, 1997
Supporting children in Nioro, Senegal.
Letter to the editors of Southern Maryland Newspapers (2012) supporting the end to the death penalty in the State of Maryland :
This year, the Maryland General Assembly has an opportunity to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.
The members of Patuxent Friends Meeting affirm Quakers’ historic opposition to capital punishment. We do not believe that the death penalty is moral, humane, or in any way beneficial for the health and well being of our community, state or country.
We acknowledge that people have the need and the right to feel safe and have order in their communities. We are aware of the horror and pain that acts of violence bring to a community, and we grieve at the loss of life that victims, families and society experience. However, an eye for an eye does not secure our safety, strengthen our communities or take away the pain that the crime has caused. Capital punishment only magnifies the tragedy of a lost life by killing again and produces the very brutality it seeks to prevent. Furthermore, there have been many innocent people who have been on death row and who have been executed by mistake, a mistake that we, as a society, should not tolerate. Additionally, history confirms that the death penalty has been unevenly applied to minorities and those with low income.
Although always represented as an action of the state, capital punishment requires specific state employees to kill a human being, at a moral and psychological cost to themselves that neither they nor the state can calculate in advance. In fact, a legal execution requires each of us to participate in another person's death as citizens and representatives of the government that sanctions this type of punishment. When the state kills in our name, we are all responsible. We wish to state emphatically that we do not want our public servants to kill in our names or for our taxes to be used in this way.
We encourage those who are concerned about the safety of our communities to join in seeking a society that does not promote violence and vengeance as legitimate responses to violent crime.
Patuxent Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)
Spring of 2014