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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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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.

QEW: African Diaspora Earthcare Coaliton

QEW: African Diaspora Earthcare Coaliton

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) has been a non-governmental organization of the United Nations (UN) since 1999, holding four UN agency accreditations with the mission of bringing a spirit-led Quaker voice to UN deliberations on the environment.  In 2016, the QEW United Nations Working Group initiated…

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FSE Processing: Sharing & Caring

FSE Processing: Sharing & Caring

One of the many takeaways from the Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Steering Committee, held in April 2017 at Atlanta Friends Meeting, was the opportunity to witness other Friends' actions. Friend Geeta Jyothi McGahey’s tabletop display on climate justice caught my eye. You may notice that the…

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Bringing AVP & HIPP To A Juvenile Detention Facility

Bringing AVP & HIPP to a Juvenile Detention Facility

Nancy Obyrne, Kelly Watts, and I (Kathy Hersh, Miami MM) have been giving HIPP (Help Increase the Peace Project) and AVP (Alternatives to Violence) workshops periodically during the past 12 months at the St. John's Academy boys detention center in St. Augustine, Florida. Nancy had…

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Quaker Earthcare Witness Report

Quaker Earthcare Witness Report

The Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Steering Committee met at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse April 20-23, 2017. Brad Stocker (Miami) is one of our SEYM representatives to QEW. Brad writes: QEW hired a new Publications Coordinator, Hayley Hathaway who is excellent. I am co-clerk of Publications.…

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Report From Dunnellon ‘Water Is Life’ House

Report from Dunnellon 'Water is Life' House

Pete Ackerman, Palm Beach MM, is one of the activists living at the Water Is Life House in Dunnellon, Florida. The ‘Dunnellon House’ is a regional organizing center for the Water Is Life movement in Florida, which works to stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline and…

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