This month in First Day School: Community

During Ninth Month, we will focus on the testimony of Community, the “C” in SPICES!

HOME COMMUNITY: Gentleness, patience, humor, and calm
Meghan Leahy provides parenting advice each week in The Washington Post. This week she advises to, “post the word ‘gentle’ everywhere your eyes may land … keep your expectations low and encouragement high … treat yourself as you would a dear friend. Patience only manifests when one is rested. Humor is only found when you can see the absurdity of life instead of feeling hijacked by it. Calmness only comes when you are well-fed and you move your body. This is not rocket science; this is Being Human 101.” Click here to read Leahy’s full article, How do we help our tweens and teens with the return to school?

LOCAL COMMUNITY: Sharing resources with Loudoun families
Our Meeting Cares Committee is conducting their annual back-to-school drive for Mobile Hope, a 501c3 non-profit organization that empowers homeless and at-risk youth in our Loudoun community. To make donating easier this year, they encourage you to make a direct donation to Mobile Hope and designate to Goose Creek Friends Meeting: https://mobile-hope.org/financial-donations
If there is a local organization you’d like to feature this month, contact Cameron: Cameron247@hotmail.com

WORLD COMMUNITY: Spread Kindness
To make waves of kindness that spread to places you may never know … The folks at Random Acts of Kindness suggest: Take 30 seconds to list the important people in your life. Pick out any two individuals. Sit and write a letter to each of them. Continue this practice throughout the month until you’ve written to every person on your list. If you don’t get to everyone, keep it going into the next month and the one after that and the one after that. Click here for more at Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Scroll to find excerpts from Faith & Practice and the Bible, discussion questions, and more!

From Faith & Practice

The Meeting as Caring Community [continued, paragraph 3]: … “While Quakers believe that a seed of God is in every human being, it is sometimes easier to believe this of persons at a distance than it is of those near at hand. This is particularly true when the need arises to address contentious issues. A meeting community should always seek to consider openly matters at issue, seeking a loving resolution of conflict, rather than to preserve a semblance of community by ignoring issues. Even when resolution is not immediate, the Meeting should make room for different expressions of continuing revelation while persisting in earnest search for unity.” (Page 14, Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1988, 2020 update),

In other words, “While Quakers believe that God is present in each and everyone, we can sometimes forget that when we have a problem with someone or something in our community. It may seem easier sometimes to ignore a problem so there isn’t arguing; but we should always try to include everyone and find a peaceful solution instead. Some problems can’t be fixed right away, but the Meeting should still try to hear what everyone has to say and work towards finding a solution that works for the community.” – from Erin Traub’s “Quaker to English Translation” of Faith & Practice for students (the following discussion questions are by Erin too)

Discussion Questions

  • Speaking up against things that aren’t right, isn’t always easy. Can you think of someone in history who spoke out even when it was hard? (Ex. Martin Luther King Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Fredrick Douglas, Ida B. Wells)
  • Can you think of a time when you spoke up about a problem?
  • Activism is a big part of a lot of people’s lives, is there any movement (women’s rights, racial equality, LGBTQ, wage gap) that you’ve been a part of or would like to be a part of?

From the Bible

Matthew 5:44-45 (New King James Version)
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


Online exclusive: We’d like to put a booklet of our favorite recipes (that we made during the pandemic) together to share with the Meeting! Email Us your favorites.

Weekly Favorite Recipes

  • 07/04/21, Cameron’s favorite: CREPES, click here for the recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, The Food Network (watch video below)
  • 07/11/21, Maria’s favorite: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, click here for the the Joy of Cooking’s recipe.
  • 07/18/21, Summertime favorite: ZUCCHINI BREAD, click here for The Washington Post’s recipe.
  • 07/25/21, Another summertime must-have, MASON JAR ICE CREAM, click here for the very easy recipe! You’ll be hooked.
  • 08/01/21, from Cameron, a simple and yummy favorite with only 3 ingredients, PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, click here for the recipe.
  • 08/08/21, CAMERON’S BIRTHDAY COOKIE DOUGH (vegan, gluten-free), Email us for the recipe
  • 08/15/21, Erin Traub’s BANANA/PUMPKIN BREAD, Email us for the recipe
  • 08/22/21, Joeypick from the BYM camps cookbook, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Email us for the recipe
  • 08/29/21, Aimee Indian Lentil Soup, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/05/21, Emma’s Blueberry Bars, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/12/21, Cris’ Summer Pepper Frittata, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/19/21, Small Farmer’s Journal’s Boston Brown Bread, Email us for the recipe

Share your recipe! Please send to Cameron and Maria


Book Pick

Mightier Than The Sword by Rochelle Melander. This is an excellent book! It’s written for a young audience but all ages will find it terrific. From the back cover, “Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words – transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it’s your turn!
An excerpt: Write To Know: Qui Jin [Revolutionary, 1875-1907] was an eloquent speaker and wrote bout the benefits of public speaking, including the following: leaders can speak anywhere; many can listen at no cost; anyone could understand; and leaders can motivate and organize listeners. What would you add?


Video Pick


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