407-739-4150  office@seym.org

July 21, 2018 eNews

Gleanings from 3 Monthly Meeting Retreats, Targeting Your Earthcare Action, Tidal Town Halls, Circus McGurkis, and news from the Wider Quaker World.

eNewsHEADER.9-24-15 3
July 21, 2018

SPMMMarkGrantham

St. Petersburg Friends. photo: Mark Grantham
    
SEYM News & Events
    

FSE 7-2018 SQGleanings from 3 Meeting Retreats, Part 2 Field Secretary for Earthcare Beverly Ward tells about retreats she led at Clearwater, Palm Beach, and Tallahassee Meetings. Read more►
     
Target Your Earthcare Activism An FL-iCAN Affiliate, Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida, is providing focused legislative action alerts as well as alerts on vigils, marches and other opportunities for Earthcare and climate related actions. Read more►

    
Miami Friends Welcome Salvadoran Refugee 

“Miami Friends Meeting welcomed a Salvadoran refugee into our faith community last First Day. Her name is Morena, mother of Osmar, age 12, who was taken from her at the border crossing point two months ago. He is living in a New York immigration detention center. She has been able to speak with him twice. Each time, after reassuring her that he was being treated okay, he broke down and cried. She was barely able to tell us this without crying herself,” writes Kathy Hersh. After spending 2 months in detention, Morena is now staying in the guest room at Bartram House, awaiting her asylum hearing. Miami Meeting needs donations to help with the costs. Read Kathy’s story► 
    
Events
    
Tidal Town Halls • July & August SEYM Field Secretary for Earthcare Beverly Ward encourages Friends in Florida to attend Tidal Town Halls planned for 15 cities across Florida this July and August. These non-partisan candidate forums are being sponsored by Rethink Energy Florida and First Street Foundation to address growing public concerns for sea level rise and flooding.
Find one near you►  Read more►

    
Intervisitation Sunday
  • July 29th
SPMMMeetingHouseThe Worship & Ministry committee encourages Friends to visit other Meetings or Worship Groups in your region on fifth Sundays, to bridge the geographic distance between Friends and strengthen our SEYM community. Read more►
     
Fall Interim Business Meeting Oct. 6th • St. Petersburg
This year’s Fall Interim Business Meeting (FIBM) will be hosted by St. Petersburg Friends. All are welcome! More details will be available soon on our ‘Business Meeting’ page ►
    
Circus McGurkis • Saturday, Oct. 20
“A People’s Fair Celebrating Peace Education, Diversity, & Community Activism” sponsored by St. Petersburg Friends Meeting. Visit the website ►
   
Quaker Organization News & Events
    

Friends Committee on National Legislation FCNL’s Annual Meeting & Quaker Public Policy Institute Nov. 28th –  Dec. 2nd in Washington DC. Learn to Lobby, go on Lobby visits, hear speakers, help establish priorities for the coming year. Read more ►

FCNL Action Alert: On July 17, the House of Representatives passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act with overwhelming bipartisan support! FCNL writes: “This is a major step forward for the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict. After years of persistent lobbying, we are so close to passing this important bill into law.” There is a similar bill pending in the Senate. Tell your senators to join their colleagues in the House in supporting conflict prevention►
            
Spiritual Deepening eRetreats Friends General Conference has 2 upcoming Spiritual Deepening eRetreats:

• September 9 – October 5: Becoming Patterns & Examples (4 weeks)
• October 14 – November 9: Understanding & Healing White Supremacy (4 weeks)
    
“a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat connects you with other seekers in an online exploration of Quaker thought, a deepening of your own spiritual practices, and the sharing of stories from your life and your personal journeys.  Each eRetreat is facilitated by a deeply grounded Quaker. Each week, there will be a new topic with videos, quotations, and activities, and you’ll be able to engage at your own time and pace.” Read more ►

 

LookAheadSQRiverArts
Is your Meeting or Worship Group active with Peace & Social Concerns or Earthcare? Do you have upcoming events of interest to Friends? 

Send in your news!

I can write up the story. Just email me at office@seym.org

 

Read More

July 14, 2018 eNews

Miami Friends Welcome Salvadoran Refugee, Advocacy & Action on Family Separation & Detention, Upcoming Events, and news from the wider Quaker World.

 

eNewsHEADER.9-24-15 3
July 14, 2018

MFMeetinghouse_GEarth

Miami Friends Meetinghouse. photo: Google Earth
    
SEYM News & Events
    
Miami Friends Welcome Salvadoran Refugee 
bartramhouseSQ“Miami Friends Meeting welcomed a Salvadoran refugee into our faith community last First Day. Her name is Morena, mother of Osmar, age 12, who was taken from her at the border crossing point two months ago. He is living in a New York immigration detention center. She has been able to speak with him twice. Each time, after reassuring her that he was being treated okay, he broke down and cried. She was barely able to tell us this without crying herself,” writes Kathy Hersh. After spending 2 months in detention, Morena is now staying in the guest room at Bartram House, awaiting her asylum hearing. Miami Meeting needs donations to help with the costs. Read Kathy’s story► 
  Bartram House  
Advocacy & Action on Family Separation & Detention
SEYM Friends have been active in protesting the separation of children from their families and the treatment of immigrants at the Mexican border— participating in demonstrations, visiting Senator Marco Rubio’s offices, and sending letters to their congresspersons. Read in depth about 2 lobbying visits—with resources for lobbying and letter-writing—and Tallahassee Meeting’s minute on the ‘Immorality of the DOJ in the Separation of Children from their Parents.’ Read more►
    
June Executive Committee The Minutes of our June Executive Committee Meeting are now posted online. See June EC Minutes ►
    
Intervisitation Sunday
 
 • July 29th
SPMMMeetingHouseThe Worship & Ministry committee encourages Friends to visit other Meetings or Worship Groups in your region on fifth Sundays, to bridge the geographic distance between Friends and strengthen our SEYM community. Read more►
     
Fall Interim Business Meeting Oct. 6th • St. Petersburg
This year’s Fall Interim Business Meeting (FIBM) will be hosted by St. Petersburg Friends. All are welcome! More details will be available soon on our ‘Business Meeting’ page ►   
Quaker Organization News & Events
    
Friends Committee on National Legislation Registration is open for FCNL’s Annual Meeting & Quaker Public Policy Institute 2018, Nov. 28th –  Dec. 2nd in Washington DC. Learn to Lobby, go on Lobby visits, hear speakers, help establish priorities for the coming year. Read more ►
        
American Friends Service Committee AFSC is helping immigrants who are in the US with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and who face deportation as their TPS will not be renewed by the current US Administration. In places like New Jersey, Florida, and Iowa, AFSC offers legal services to TPS holders and their families, and also provides assistance to TPS holders who are organizing and advocating to protect this life-saving program, creating opportunities for TPS holders and their families to share their stories at press conferences, legislative visits, and demonstrations in their communities as well as in Washington, D.C. Read more►
     
(Note: In Florida alone, there are 44,800 TPS immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, plus 28,000 of their US-born children. source: Center for American Progress)
    
Friends General Conference
SusanBevJohn-FGC.ChristineAshleyMany SEYM Friends attended FGC’s Annual Gathering held the week of July 4th. You can see videos from the Gathering, including Rev. William Barber’s ‘amazing’ plenary lecture, on their Facebook video page► 

 

 

SEYM Friends Susan, Beverly, & John.
photo by Christine Ashley

 

Read More