The Michener Lecture Seminar; photo by Bill Carlie
Highlights from WIBM & Michener Lecture Weekend
About 50 Friends attended the Winter Interim Business Meeting on Saturday, January 17th. There were a few key developments along with lots of news from committees. The Michener Lecture on Sunday drew about 80 Friends for the luncheon, lecture, & seminars. Both events were hosted by Orlando Friends Meeting, who provided wonderful food & gracious hospitality for the weekend, as they have for so many years.
The Earthcare Committee brought forward a (revised) proposal for an SEYM Earthcare Field Secretary to support & empower us in our Earthcare witness and concern for Climate Change. We united in urging Meetings to consider the proposal and respond to the committee with their input and discernment.
Spiritual Formation: WIBM approved the establishment of a Spiritual Formation Program under the care of the Worship & Ministry Committee. It is recommended as a resource for Friends who want to deepen their relationship to the spirit and each other, with the goal of personal transformation. SEYM's role will be to share the resource material online, and provide support to Meetings and Spiritual Formation groups.
Concern for Aging: Peter Crockett, of St. Petersburg MM, shared his Concern for how SEYM Friends can respond to the new realities of aging in our society. Many Friends share & support this Concern. Friends are encouraged to contact Peter with their ideas, information, and questions. George Schaefer, of Quaker Aging Resources, will be leading a workshop on this topic at the Gathering. The Quaker Aging Resources website can be found here: http://www.quakeragingresources.org/.
Sarasota Friends: Mimi McAdoo, Johannes Werner, Nancy Corindia, Jennifer Mendoza, David Rakyta, Nancy Rose Logan & Sarah Hernandez. Photo: Nancy Corindia
Richard Frechette & Nancy Fennell at WIBM. Photo: Nancy Corindia
We reinstated the Publications Committee. Nominations are to be brought forward at our Annual Sessions. Until then an ad hoc committee, with Phoebe Andersen as convenor, will study what work needs to be done for publishing in print, in eBooks, and online.
The Committee on Racism would like to receive any minutes from hear Monthly Meetings that address the racism in our society. Contact Ellie Caldwell of Palm Beach Meeting.
The Executive Committee will begin updating our SEYM Handbook. Outgoing Officers, Committee Clerks & Representatives are asked to provide suggested revisions.
The Gathering Committee shared their excitement about the workshops being offered at the SEYM Gathering, April 1-5, 2015.
Tampa Meeting thanked Friends for their donations for their new Worship space. They are making progress towards breaking ground on the new building, though they still need to raise more funds.
Friends found the Michener Lecture a dynamic & engaging experience. Instead of presenting his planned topic, Benigno Sanchez-Eppler was led to speak from the silence. Drawing from his experiences with FWCC, Cuba Yearly Meeting, and translating Quaker writings into Spanish, he led Friends in exploring the interwoven threads of earthcare and economics, early Friends' integrity and success in running businesses, and women's equality. He also lifted up the example of Cuba Yearly Meeting in challenging us to overcome any 'separating spirit' between the branches of Friends.
(L/R): Mimi McAdoo listens to Cece Yocum (flute), Davida Johns (psaltry), & Peter Crockett (guitar)