Connections, our adult religious education, is offered from 9:45-10:45 on Sundays during the academic year.  Child care is provided in the Community Room.

Scheduled Programs

September 17: Dave Lockledge on “The Nature of Water in Charlottesville.”

September 24: Members of the Meeting are invited to bring poems, quotations, songs or short writings that have been inspiring to them during these difficult times. Jon Nafzinger will lead us in some singing. If songs you bring are not in hymnal, perhaps we can learn one or two together. Connections will be in the Community Room.

October 8: JOHN SURR, Spiritual Journey. (Our first Spiritual Journey of the season!) Jenny Burton’s brother, John Surr, will share his Spiritual Journey with us. Do not miss this great opportunity to get to know a very special new member of our Meeting.

October 15: JON NAFZINGER on his musical journey through life and the gift of creativity. He will be coming up with his own title and description .. this was my temporary version and hopefully one he doesn’t mind!

Opportunities for Fellowship with other Virginia Friends:

Hello, Friends.

This is your invitation to an evening of bringing people together.

Please join Valley Friends Monthly Meeting in Dances for Peace next Saturday, the 16th. This will be an informal circle dance suitable for people of all ages and abilities, so bring your children, grandchildren, parents and neighbors.

The dances begin at 7:00 and will conclude at 8:30, with a break midway for refreshments. Our caller is by Brian Farrel of Harrisonburg. This is a completely free event. Just come and enjoy.

Yours in light, Valley Friends Meeting Hospitality Committee


Richmond Friends Meeting (VA) invites you to our fall retreat at The Clearing on Saturday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch provided.

Our theme is Responding to Challenging Times, Inwardly and Outwardly. Friend Rita Willet will lead a two-hour workshop titled Sabbath for Everyone: A Radical Practice for Challenging Times. In the afternoon, we will have sessions on mindfulness and group singing.

We would be enriched by your presence. To let us know you will join us and arrange overnight hospitality, please contact Julia Hebner at or by text/voice message at 804-615-7529.

To learn more about The Clearing, our retreat center in Amelia County, please click on the link on our website

Social Witness Opportunities:

Starting this month, AFSC will offer a series of free webinars to share what we’ve learned about how to support and work for Sanctuary Everywhere in local communities.

You can sign up today to join our first webinar.

These interactive sessions will help you create Sanctuary Everywhere in a range of ways—from learning how to intervene when you witness public instances of racist and other forms of oppressive violence and harassment to working for sanctuary policies in your school or community.

Our first webinar will take place ‪on Sept. 21, from 8:30 p.m. EDT// ‪7:30 p.m. CDT // ‪6:30 p.m.  MDT // ‪5 p.m. PDT.

This will be an interactive introduction to Quaker Social Change Ministry, a model for congregations and others to work for social justice in small groups using spiritual practices and focusing on accompanying organizations and people most impacted by injustice. I will be leading this session with Gabriela Flora, AFSC immigrant rights organizer in Denver.

Find out more and register here.


FCNL Advocacy Team Open House

Join us Saturday September 23 from 3pm to 5:30 pm at the Meeting House to learn about Charlottesville’s FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation) Advocacy Team.  Watch a webinar with FCNL Director Diane Randall. Consider joining our team!  With the excellent support of FCNL, we are building relationships with our Senators, Representative and their staffs, to communicate direction reflecting Quaker values.

Refreshments served.

For more information, contact Ann Benner,, (434)760-0354.


From our Clerk,  September 13,  2017


This Sunday’s connections: DAVE LOCKLEDGE on “The Nature of Water in Charlottesville.” I am eager to hear this!

Please remember that Friendly Circles are forming for the year. Sign up on the sheets on the table in the foyer, or suggest your own topic by filling out a blank sheet.

Sunday, at the rise of the second worship hour, the Sanctuary committee will meet to discuss remaining steps in preparing for sanctuary. All are welcome.

Sunday evening at 6:00 Quakerism 101 meets at the meetinghouse.

We’ve received several requests for more of the blue Quaker t-shirts worn by Friends on August 12th, so a second order will be placed. Please contact Stevik at ‪ with the quantity and size you’d like. A donation of $10 per shirt is suggested.

Please remember that September 23-25 is family weekend at nearby Camp Shiloh. Come by for part or all of the time to work and play at the camp! Please let me know if you need directions or more information.

See you this Sunday,



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