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- Nov. 27-30: Half Yearly Meeting
- Jan. 17: Winter Interim Business Meeting
- Jan. 18: Michener Lecture
- Apr. 1-5: Yearly Meeting
Sarasota Friends in a PNC bank raise awareness of PNC's role in mountaintop removal mining
Gainesville, Sarasota, Miami and Tampa Friends held non-violent direct actions at their local PNC banks as part of the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) effort to 'Flood PNC' on December 6th. This EQAT campaign led about 300 Quakers to hold 30 actions in 12 states to persuade PNC Bank to stop financing mountaintop removal mining. You can read more about 'Flood PNC' actions here: http://eqat.org/blog/press-release-quakers-flood-pnc-bank-12-states.
George Lakey, Quaker activist and expert in nonviolent activism, and Ryan Leitner of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) led a two-day training session on non-violent direct action at the Gainesville Meetinghouse on November 8th & 9th. About 16 excited and committed SEYM Friends, including 8 Youth, attended the training in preparation for EQAT actions to be held at PNC banks across the country on December 6th. Gainesville Friends hosted the weekend events, which concluded with the Meeting's Forum Sunday afternoon.
On the first day of their training, the group held a Meeting for Worship at a local PNC bank. Cece Yocum writes:
"...we were holding them in the light, asking them to be a truly green bank and to stop financing mountain top removal. We had a very deep worship until two police officers came in and said we would be arrested unless we left. We did leave then, and left singing."
About 40 Friends gathered at Sarasota Meeting on Oct. 4th for Fall Interim Business Meeting. We enjoyed the warm hospitality, especially the pizzas made by the "Quaker Bakers," Sarasota teens.
SEYM Youth: Jocelyn Benton & Kate Sundberg reported on recent SEYM Youth travels. They saw firsthand the destructive impact of mountaintop removal in their immersion visit to Kayford Mountain, WVA. Teens attended the FGC Gathering and joined about 200 other Quakers in holding peaceful direct actions at PNC banks in Pittsburgh. Teens also travelled to NYC to take part in the "Peoples Climate March" in NYC, the EQAT actions at PNC banks the day before, & an event at the Church of the UN.
ProNica has hired a couple, Ada Lopez and Roman Ramon Sepulveda, as Directors for their Nicaragua program. Both are Nicaraguans, farmers, and well-established in the local community.
The theme for the SEYM Yearly Meeting Gathering, April 1-5, 2015 will be "Grace, Empowerment, Discernment." Nancy Irving, retired General Secretary of FWCC, will be the Walton Lecture speaker & retreat leader.
Benigno Sánchez-Eppler will be our 2015 Michener Lecture speaker. He has translated & interpreted for FWCC for 20 years, co-clerks the Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, teaches at the Cuban Quaker Peace Institute, and is a member of Northampton Meeting in NEYM.
Tampa Friends are raising funds for a new building to be their worship space. The existing building will be used for First Day School.
Left: New Tampa Meeting Building; Center: Arthur Larrabee workshop at Miami Meeting; Photos by Warren Hoskins
The Arthur Larrabee workshop hosted by Miami Meeting in September was a huge success. About twenty Miami Friends, and twenty Friends from other Meetings attended the all-day workshop on Clerking and the Meeting for Business. One Friend described the experience as "a lesson in recognition that the Meeting for Business is a Meeting for Worship in which the clerk has a special task: sensing the spirit in the room, the spiritual energy in the gathering that leads to true discernment." Miami Friends found that the experience of preparing for this event strengthened their community.
We endorsed AFSC's "One Minute for Peace" campaign. Read more>>>
Lynn & Steve Newsom of Quaker House will visit Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Miami Meetings, and have a table at Circus McGurkis, October 23-26. They will be giving talks about military counseling and Moral Injury, a new diagnostic term used by the VA to recognize that one effect of war on military personnel is emotional trauma over transgression of moral, spiritual, or religious beliefs. Read more>>>