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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 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.

Field Notes, January 2020: Interfaith Touchstones For Earthcare

Field Notes, January 2020: Interfaith Touchstones for Earthcare

Blessings, Friends. Last year, Friend Stephanie Preston-Hughes asked me to attend the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute's “Peace Breakfast: An Interfaith Gathering.” Faith leaders were asked to share touchstones—“a touchstone transcends any one religion, thought, or spiritual tradition and serves as a guide. These…

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Gainesville Friends Plan Direct Action Campaigns

Gainesville Friends Plan Direct Action Campaigns

Following up on what they learned in the recent George Lakey workshop, ‘How We Win,’ Gainesville Quakers have begun taking steps to wage nonviolent direct action campaigns. First, they held a worship sharing/forum to determine group and individual leadings for waging. Four issues were identified:…

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Half Yearly Meeting 2019 & Photo Gallery

Half Yearly Meeting 2019 & Photo Gallery

Friends from all over Florida gathered for a blissful four days at Half Yearly Meeting, held over Thanksgiving weekend at Wekiwa Springs State Park. A team of Friends arrived early Thursday and prepared a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, which included not only turkey with ‘all the…

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How We Win: George Lakey Workshops: Strategies For Nonviolent Action

How We Win: George Lakey Workshops: Strategies for Nonviolent Action

George Lakey, long-time activist and author, visited four Meetings in Florida, giving workshops based on his latest book, How We Win: A Guide To Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. The 3-1/2 hour interactive, intense workshop walked Friends through the process of planning a sustained, successful nonviolent…

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Peacebuilding En Las Américas (PLA) Updates

Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA) Updates

Mónica Maher, Initiative Coordinator for Peacebuilding en las Americas (PLA) sends this report on their work since September 2019. A highlight of this period was visiting Friends in Seattle, Olympia, Corvallis and Portland November 8-13 as part of the PLA Speaking Tour in the Pacific…

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