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Youth Program at WIBM/Michener Weekend

SEYM Youth. photo: Mira Tanna

A full youth program is planned for Friday through Sunday, January 17-19, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, which is SEYM’s Winter Interim Business Meeting and Michener Lecture weekend. All events are at the Orlando Friends Meetinghouse. It’s a great opportunity for parents to participate in the weekend’s events— while the kids are having fun!


Kody Hersh, SEYM’s Youth & Young Adult Coordinator, writes:

In light of recent U.S. military action against Iran and the escalated possibility of war, I thought it would be a good time for the youth program to revisit the Quaker peace testimony and anti-war activism.

Friday evening (7-9pm) will be informal, time to hang out, get to know any new people, and play games.

Saturday morning (9am-noon), we’ll have an anti-war teach in. We’ll discuss:

  • How to understanding the current crisis
  • What is war actually like? With guests Ray Jenkins (Vietnam war veteran) and Carl Hersh (former war correspondent) sharing their experience
  • The Quaker peace testimony
  • Conscientious objection to military service

Saturday afternoon (1-5pm), youth will plan an anti-war action (vigil, letter-writing, public art, whatever it is– they’ll decide and plan it, with adults for resource and support).

Sunday morning (9:30-11am), we’ll join Orlando Meeting’s worship and Young Friends group (First Day School/religious education), and

Sunday afternoon (1-4pm), we’ll take the action youth have planned!

Webster Cottage & Orlando Meetinghouse

I would love to see you and your kids that weekend! All you need to do to register is let me know you’re coming.

There is no cost, and several meals will be provided by Orlando Meeting during the weekend. Housing may still be available with local Friends, if you’re coming from a distance. (See details here)

If you have other logistical questions or challenges, please let me know! I would love to problem-solve with you!

Lots of love,
Kody Hersh
Youth and Young Adult Coordinator
Southeastern Yearly Meeting (Quaker)