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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 offers quality books and pamphlets for sale, including our Faith & Practice and pamphlets of our Walton and Michener Lectures.

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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.

WIBM & Michener Lecture Highlights

WIBM & Michener Lecture Highlights

About 50 Friends attended Winter Interim Business Meeting held at the Orlando Meetinghouse on January 13th. Morning committee meetings were followed by a hearty lunch provided by Orlando Friends. In the afternoon plenary session, a number of agenda items were approved or laid over for…

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“White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack”

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

The Committee for Ministry on Racism recommends that SEYM Friends and other visitors to this website read Peggy McIntosh’s "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack." Simply click on the link below to access her article. Peggy McIntosh founded, and is the senior associate, of the…

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Community Health Mapping In South Florida

Community Health Mapping in South Florida

Many communities in South Florida experience “sunny day” flooding during periods of very high or “king tides.” During a new or full moon, when the sun and the moon are aligned with Earth in their orbits, the gravitational pull on the oceans is at its…

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Circus McGurkis, Reborn & Reinvented

Circus McGurkis, Reborn & Reinvented

Circus McGurkis, “the People’s Fair,” was reinvented and reborn for 2017, becoming a deliberately smaller, simpler, community-centered event. Its theme was Circus McGurkis: The Next Generation. Organized by St. Petersburg Friends since 1971, this year’s fair was held on Nov. 11th at a new location,…

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Half Yearly Meeting 2017

Half Yearly Meeting 2017

The annual SEYM Half Yearly Meeting gathering, held over Thanksgiving weekend (November 23 -26), again was celebrated at the Youth Camp in Wekiwa Springs State Park. Thanksgiving Day itself was rainy and misty but the fog burned off by Friday with refreshing weather throughout the weekend. For…

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