2019 Gathering & Annual Sessions
April 17 – 21, 2019
United Methodist Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, Florida
our theme this year is
Taking off the Masks: Undoing Racism
as Personal & Community Practice
Join Friends from all over the SEYM region and beyond for 5 days of retreats, workshops, worship-sharing, the Walton Lecture, Intergenerational fun, a great Youth Program, and our Yearly Business Meeting Sessions.
the 55th Annual Walton Lecture • Saturday, April 20th • 7 pm
“Taking off the Masks: Undoing White Supremacy as Spiritual Practice”
will be presented by
Lucy Duncan & Noah White
Lucy and Noah — as a white woman and a bi-cultural man — will tell stories of how the socialization of white supremacy was taught to us, and explore our journey toward deeper awareness and mutual liberation. Through deeply personal stories, they will delve into the dynamics of growing up in a system that uses us to perpetuate and receive harm—in our families, communities, and society—and explore the sometimes quite intimate way white supremacy is transmitted and the healing that has happened for each of them. They will talk about their shared work in the Quaker community to hold others as they struggle toward and resist their liberation.
Lucy Duncan serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She blogs, organizes Quakers to work for justice, and has helped create AFSC’s Sanctuary Everywhere stream of program work. She has been instrumental in the adaptation of Quaker social change ministry as a tool for reclaiming Spirit-guided social change work focused on companioning those most impacted by injustice. She is a founder, and steering committee member, of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network, and has written on Palestine for AFSC at the blog she edits, Acting in Faith, and for Mondoweiss. With her partner, Sy Biswas, she hosts a monthly abolitionist salon in Philadelphia. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and was a member of a storytelling troupe, The Five Bright Chicks. She is a member of Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and is the proud mom of a 16 year-old son.
Noah White lives for human connection. Driven to find his indigenous self, he appreciates and supports the individual journeys many of us are on collectively. He likes expanding people’s level of comfort with who they are, while inspiring them to persistently push their growth edges. Noah relentlessly interrogates social norms in search of equitable communal value. A Fitness instructor by day, he engages students in culturally competent kinesthetic courses at Temple University. A big chunk of his time is invested in working with the inner city youth of Philadelphia. There he especially enjoys working with both preventative services and voluntary enrichment. Through workshops designed to bridge the gap between the social construct of racism and white supremacy, with the real time traumatic manifestations that occur as a direct result of it’s perpetuation, Noah facilitates the maturation of the change agents our communities need to build a more equitable future.
Registration closes April 1. However, there may be a few spaces left after that date. To check on availability of meals & rooms, you may go ahead & register online, or contact:
Susan Wade, Registrar 727-821-5048 Susan Wade.
the 2019 Walton Retreats
Retreat Session 1 Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Noah White will facilitate an exploration of our individual proximity to privilege and the disastrous impact it has on our collective ability to foster a beloved community. Through identifying privileges, and the ways they operate internally, participants will be led to connect to the visceral ways our bodies carry the impact even when our minds use reason and logic to white-splain. Participants will be encouraged to compare/contrast their idea of community and the world we live in.
Retreat Session 2 Saturday, March 31, 10 am – 12 noon
Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Undoing Racism for Accompaniment & Resistance
Lucy will take participants through an examination of themselves as participants in the system of white supremacy and how to become powerful agents for racial justice. She will discuss patterns of white folks’ engagement with naming/seeing racism that block forward movement including white fragility and other group dynamics and how to practice mindful self-reflection in order to interrupt internalized racial patterns. She will explore with participants the theology and practice of accompanying grassroots organizations led by those most impacted by injustice. We will explore real life examples to make the content vivid. (This retreat is targeted for white folks, but people of color are welcome. The material is created with a white/ally audience in mind)
More Gathering Highlights
The Language of Love: Speaking & Listening in the Spirit We will explore the language we use in dialogue with one another to discover how an openness to different interpretations of vocabulary can enable conversations of peace and love. The workshop will include worship, shared wisdom, conversation, practice. Led by Jan Dahm and Lisa Erazmus (Tampa MM), sponsored by SEYM Worship & Ministry Committee. Saturday, 2:45 – 5:30 pm.
Non-violent Bystander Training Participants will learn 1) when and how to step into a problematic situation 2) to be aware of what is happening around us in public and center ourselves despite fear 3) to reach out and support the targeted person and 4) to de-escalate the situation. Led by Beverly Ward & Cece Yocum. Saturday, 2:45-5:30 pm
Grassroots Peace Work Of Activists In Honduras, Guatemala & Colombia How do we respond to the crisis in Central and South America that is forcing thousands of families to flee their homes? We’ll look at the peace work of activists making their countries safer through Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Trauma Healing/Resiliency workshops. We’ll look at methodologies and demonstrate exercises that have been helping those affected by violence. Led by Cece Yocum). Friday 2:45 – 5:30 pm
More Workshops & Interest Groups Thursday – Saturday
Bible Study • CAPP Training • Chanting • Climate Gentrification: Where Will Quakers Go? • Collaborative Strategies for Conflict Resolution • FCNL: Youth & Young Adults • Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) • Journey Of The Universe • Laughter Yoga (intergenerational) • Love Knows No Borders – AFSC • Meeting For Remembrance • Organizing the ‘Fighting Toxic Prisons’ Campaign • New Perspective On Being Fully Human • Prayer As A Political Problem • Prisoner Visitation & Support • Quakers In Palestine: Ramallah Friends School & The Military Occupation • Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) • Supporting Peace & Social Justice Witness • What Do Children Think About Climate Change? • Where Are You Really From? Microaggression in everyday life • Supporting Peace & Social Justice Witness
Early Worship by the lake 7:30 am every morning
Worship Sharing Thursday thru Saturday, 9:00 am
Annual Sessions Meeting for Worship for Business, Thursday afternoon – Sunday
- Intergenerational play: afternoons, Thursday – Saturday Capture the Flag, Savannah-grams, & other fun see Bulletin Board for day’s activities
- Swimming Friday afternoon
- Canoeing & Birding Saturday afternoon
- Intergenerational Dance Friday night, with the ‘Faith & No Practice Band’
- Campfire Friday night after the Dance
Youth Program: see Youth Program tab
Healing Center: Bldg. 3 breezeway, Friday & Saturday, 1:15-5:15 pm. Energy healing, compassionate listening, tea & snacks, quiet space. Sign-up sheets for free healing sessions will be available Thursday – Saturday. All are welcome.
Music Singing after meals • The Faith & No Practice Band • “Jammin’ on the Bench”
Bookstore Books from the FGC Quakerbooks & SEYM Publications • Book Swap table • bring cash or checks
See the full Schedule>
Our theme is Looking In, Reaching Out
Join us in Creating Community, Enjoying Nature, Making Friends, Having Fun and Deepening our Quaker Values.
Registration & meals for youth attending with their families are free of charge, thanks to generous donors.
Special Activities include:
- low ropes/Challenge Course on Friday morning
- swimming on Friday afternoon
- movie night for Young Friends, Saturday evening during Walton lecture
- Easter Egg hunt Sunday
Wee Friends: Indoor & Outdoor Play & Story time • Toddlers to kindergarten • Every day
- Children must be picked up PROMPTLY from their program by their Parent/Guardian/Sponsor.
- The camp has NO play equipment: please bring toys, pillows & blankets!
- Youth must attend with a parent, guardian, or a designated adult sponsor.
- Families sending their child/children with a Sponsor will pay both the registration and lodging fees for their youth.
- Youth need a parent/guardian signed Parental Consent, Medical Release, Media Release & Rules forms in order to register and be on campus. Bring completed forms with you. Download the Parental Consent forms here>
- The Gathering is our religious holiday! Parents wanting to have their youth excused from school can download the ‘Excuse Letter’ here>.
Lodging, Camping, & Day Use
LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER: Rooms have twin beds and private bath; bedding & towels are provided.
- Family sharing room: $86/night (two twin beds) Children may sleep on the floor for free or reserve cots for $10/night.
- Singles, sharing a room: $43/night/person. Sharing a room? You must list a roommate’s name when registering.
- Private (1-person) room: $63/night.
RV CAMPING: in the open area west of the Pavilion. Full Hookups are $21/night, Partial Hook-ups are $16/night.
TENT CAMPING: in the woods beyond the Pavilion. The area to the right of the Pavilion is reserved for SEYM. Sites are $15 /night.
DAY USE: For Friends only attending during the day. $7/person/day for site use.
Life Enrichment Center Dining
- Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 am $8.50/adult
- Lunch: 12:00 – 12:45 pm $10/adult
- Dinner: 5:30 – 6:15 pm $13/adult
Meals for Youth (under 18) are provided at no charge to families, paid for by the Trustees Youth Gathering Fund, with thanks to our generous donors!
Coffee & tea are available in the lobby 24/7.
Special Diets: Vegan/vegetarian, diabetic, gluten-free, and other choices are available. To request a special diet, you must fill out the LEC Special Diet request form.
Campsite Pavilion: Campers may prepare meals in this covered, screened room provided with picnic tables, stove, refrigerator and ample electrical outlets. Bring your own cooking and eating utensils. You may also choose to pre-register for any or all of your meals in the Dining Hall.
Food Off Campus: There are abundant restaurants 3-5 miles from the camp.
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
We hope that all who would like to attend the SEYM Gathering will have that opportunity. SEYM has funds to enable you to attend! We encourage any Friends who may require financial assistance to apply for scholarships and submit a registration form, following these instructions:
- Request a scholarship from your Meeting or Worship Group. Discuss your needs with your Meeting Clerk &/or appropriate committee. One suggested formula is: the attendee pays 1/3, the Meeting 1/3, and SEYM 1/3. However, other arrangements may be made as agreed upon by Registrar, Meeting Clerk, and attendees in advance of the Registration deadline, April 1.
- Scholarship Form: Work with your Meeting Clerk, or appropriate committee, to complete the Scholarship Form, and e-mail it to Susan Wade, Registrar, by April 1st.
- You may go ahead and submit your Registration Form online, following the form instructions in the Scholarship section. Registration deadline is April 1st.
- To confirm your registration, by April 1st the Registrar will need your Scholarship Form and a check for your portion of the total amount due.
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Wade, Registrar: 727-821-5048, Susan Wade, Registrar.
Florida United Methodist Life Enrichment Center
4991 Picciola Road,
Fruitland Park, FL 34751
Fruitland Park is located on US Hwy. 441 between Leesburg and Lady Lake, Florida. From Hwy.27/US 441, turn east on County Road 466A, Picciola Road. Go 3 miles. The Life Enrichment Center is on the right; look for the sign. Enter the drive and proceed to the designated parking area.
When You Arrive
Check-in at the SEYM Registration Desk in the Dining Hall (Main) lobby to get room key & name badges.
Check-in times: Phone number is posted if Registrar has stepped out.
- Wed: 1-5:30 pm, 6:15-7:00 pm, 8:30-9pm
- Thurs: 9am-12noon, 12:30-4:15 pm, 7:30-9pm
- Fri: 9:00-10:00am, 12:30-5:30pm, 6:15-9 pm
- Sat: 9 -10:00am, 2:30-5:30 pm, 6:15-7 pm
Late arrivals: PLEASE have a friend get your room key and wait up for you.
Things to Bring
- Toys for toddlers, children’s supplies (throw pillows, toys to share, soccer balls, etc.), puzzles and games for all ages.
- Rise Up Singing, hymnals & voices for singing after dinner.
- Instruments and musicians needed for the Faith and No Practice Band & Jammin’ Under the Trees.
- Books for Book Swap table in auditorium lobby.
- Your books-to-buy list for The FGC Bookstore.
- Walking shoes for nature walks: check out the Path of Silence.
- A friend/Friend new to your Meeting. Let them see how wonderful it is attend Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions and Gathering!
- Documents-In-Advance (DIAs) for Annual Sessions. See Business Page>
Table displays are another great way for Friends to connect at the Gathering. Display space is available for Quaker organizations, SEYM committees, and non-profit organizations SEYM Friends work with.
Display spaces must be reserved with the SEYM Secretary, Vicki Carlie: firstname.lastname@example.org, 407-739-4150.