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You are welcome in Southeastern Yearly Meeting! We are a diverse and inclusive community of people who support each other in our spiritual journeys and work for positive change in the world.

SEYM is a community of  25 unprogrammed Quaker Meetings and Worship Groups in Florida, southeast Georgia, coastal South Carolina, and Managua, Nicaragua.

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The Youth Program needs donations to fund Youth and family events and programs throughout the year, and to support the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator position.

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SEYM is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible. You may contribute directly to any of our programs.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the monthly meetings of Southeastern Yearly Meeting are on the unceded lands of many different indigenous peoples.

In what is now Florida, coastal Georgia, and South Carolina, the original inhabitants were indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands.  Early peoples in this area were hunter-gatherers, who shifted over time to growing corn, squash and beans for a large part of their food. Well before European invasion, indigenous peoples of these lands– the Timucua (Tee-MOO-qua), Calusa (ca LOO-sa), Tequesta (tuh-KES-tuh), Ais (ah-EES), Jaega (YaY-ga), and others– had well developed trade networks, refined ceramic and metal working techniques, and other visual arts traditions. In Nicaragua, Managua Worship Group meets on the traditional territories of the Chorotega (chore-oh-TAY-ga). Invading Europeans decimated these pre-contact peoples through disease, violence, enslavement, and forced removal, and claimed their land for European settlement.

We acknowledge the Seminole (SEM-in-ol) and Miccosukee (mick-uh-SOO-kee) Tribes, who continue as peoples, and as protectors of South Florida’s land and water. Their fierce and sustained resistance to European invasion and the physical and cultural processes of colonization and land theft continue to this day.

We acknowledge that Native individuals of many nations and peoples live throughout this region today.

We in Southeastern Yearly Meeting have committed ourselves to an ongoing process of decolonization. We repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, commit ourselves to a deeper understanding of Quaker involvement in the genocide of indigenous peoples, and seek way forward in deepening commitment and solidarity with Native peoples.

Ft. Myers Meeting: Hybrid Worship Space Transitions

Ft. Myers Meeting: Hybrid Worship Space Transitions

The Clerk of Ft. Myers Meeting, Richard Frechette, sends this news of how their meeting has adapted to find worship space during the pandemic. He writes: "I thought Friends in SEYM might be interested in hearing about the current worship situation of the Ft. Myers…

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Preparing A Welcome For Children & Families

Preparing a Welcome for Children & Families

As SEYM Youth and Young Adult Coordinator, I am frequently asked: How can meetings and worship groups attract more families with children? In particular, what does it look like to prepare a welcome for families with children if your meeting is currently all adults, or…

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Half Yearly Meeting 2021

Half Yearly Meeting 2021

Almost 50 SEYM Friends and family members enjoyed a long weekend at Wekiwa State Park over the long Thanksgiving weekend for our Half Yearly Meeting retreat. Participants of all ages, including almost a dozen youth, cooked, ate, played games, assembled jigsaw puzzles, made art, hiked,…

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