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Half Yearly Meeting 2015

Half Yearly Meeting 2015

The informal four-day gathering at Wekiwa Springs State Park from 26 - 29 November, 2015, was a notable success. Two extended canoe trips were offered on Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Friday on the Wekiwa River. Jerry Knutson took the lead, setting up the trips and coordinating with the paddlers. Jerry has…

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Sarasota Friends Host FWCC Committee Meeting

Sarasota Friends Host FWCC Committee Meeting

Sarasota Monthly Meeting Friends were pleased to host a meeting of Friends World Committee for Consultation's (FWCC) Section of the Americas Nominating Committee over the weekend of November 6 - 8. This committee is responsible for identifying representatives from yearly meetings to serve on the 7 committees of the Section…

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Action Alert: House Resolution On Climate Change

Action Alert: House Resolution on Climate Change

A bipartisan resolution on Climate Change, ‘Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to conservative environmental stewardship' (H.Res. 424), has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and Kate Sundberg (Sarasota MM) ask SEYM Friends to urge their Representatives to support this…

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Youth Lead Action For Fair Food

Youth Lead Action for Fair Food

SEYM Youth, including Teens and Young Adult Quakers (YAQs), organized and led Friends in a peaceful action to urge Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program, which ensures fairer wages and safer working conditions for farmworkers. Friends wore red wigs, carried signs, and picketed on the sidewalk along the busy…

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Fall Interim Business Meeting Highlights

Fall Interim Business Meeting Highlights

The new SEYM Field Secretary for Earthcare position, the needs of our Youth Program, and how to encourage more participation in SEYM were among the key issues taken up by Friends gathered for Fall Interim Business Meeting. About 40 Friends attended FIBM, held at the St. Petersburg Meetinghouse October 3rd.

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Friends Shocked By Bombing Of Kunduz Hospital, Ask For Investigation & Reparations

Friends Shocked by Bombing of Kunduz Hospital, Ask for Investigation & Reparations

As SEYM Friends sat in committee meetings at Fall Interim Business Meeting last Saturday morning, they were shocked by news of the US bombing of the MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. In the afternoon business session, Warren Hoskins, clerk of the Peace & Social Concerns…

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Clearwater Friends Host Forum on Moral Injury

The trauma experienced by thousands of veterans has been responsible for the increase in veterans' suicides, domestic violence and drug abuse. The Veterans Administration has chosen to label this condition as “moral injury”. However, many authorities refer to it as “soul injury”, and the healing process as “soul repair.” This…

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