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You are welcome in Southeastern Yearly Meeting! SEYM is a community of  25 unprogrammed Quaker Meetings and Worship Groups in Florida, southeast Georgia, coastal South Carolina, and Managua, Nicaragua.

As Quakers, we support each other in our spiritual journeys and care deeply about peace, social justice, and the earth.

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Queries for the Journey

The SEYM Worship and Ministry Committee is offering “Queries for the Journey,” weekly queries to help Friends center, through quiet, contemplative reflection, in their daily journey.

Query for the week of January 29th:

When do I look inside my own heart to find a beloved Child of God?

Special Fundraiser

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.

2022 Youth Epistle

2022 Youth Epistle

Greetings Friends, The theme of this year’s SEYM yearly meeting is Welcome As You Are. We started off welcoming Friends on Thursday afternoon by playing Apples to Apples along with other ice-breakers. We started Friday off with worship sharing where we reflected on our week…

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SEYM 2022 Epistle

SEYM 2022 Epistle

Loving Greetings to Friends Everywhere, The Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met for our Annual Gathering at Warren Willis Conference Center, Fruitland Park, Florida, Fourth Month, 13th through 17th, 2022. Our SEYM theme, “Welcome as You Are,” was highlighted by our…

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Minute Against Florida’s New Discriminatory Laws

Minute against Florida’s new discriminatory laws

Southeastern Yearly Meeting, gathered at our annual sessions, minuted our opposition to four recently enacted Florida laws that cause harm to LGBTQ people and people of color; and are a serious setback to building a just and compassionate society: ‘Parental Rights in Education,’ (aka the…

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Speak Up Now For LGBTQ Rights In Florida

Speak up now for LGBTQ rights in Florida

Dear Friends, Tampa Friends ask Friends in Florida to begin an immediate phone campaign to Florida state Representatives, Senators, and to Governor DeSantis regarding specific draft legislation currently under consideration by the legislature that targets LGBTQ people. Please see the Minute and background below. This…

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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.