We will continue to use Zoom for Religious Education programming. Please contact Karin Heller if you would like to receive links to our Zoom Forums.

Adult Forum: During the month of February, and part of March, we will be discussing “The 1619 Project,” an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” You can learn more about the 1619 project using the link below.


Each week we will cover a different episode. Friends may choose to read the transcript or listen to the podcast, and do not need to attend all of the forums to participate fully in discussions. The link to the podcasts and transcripts are provided below.


  • March 7: Episode 4: “How the Bad Blood Started”
  • March 14: Episode 5: “The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1”
  • March 21: “The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2”

Advocacy Team
After several recent virtual meetings with FCNL staff members, many Friends in the Piedmont area are becoming increasingly interested in forming a grassroots Advocacy Team. The process would be to form a group of about 6-8 interested people to connect for about an hour by Zoom with an FCNL representative and discuss our issues. After that, the group meets again for about a two-hour workshop for training in understanding the work of an Advocacy Team.

To indicate your interest or for more information, please contact Lou Gordh or Jaimie Mudd at First Friends by email at: ([email protected]).

Young Friends “Chaperones” Needed!
Are you interested in spending some time with our Young Friends? We are looking for some volunteers to virtually chaperone some of our Young Friends meetings. Meetings run each Sunday afternoon 12:30-1:30 p.m. Please contact Karin Heller if for more information.

A Little Love for College Students
The Religious Education Committee wants to send a little love to our college students. If you know a college student who could use a little NGFM love, please send their name and address to Karin Heller at: ([email protected]).