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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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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.

Equality – Or Equity? What Is Our Testimony?

Equality - or Equity? What is Our Testimony?

Many Friends in SEYM and the wider Quaker world have started using the word 'Equity' in place of 'Equality' to better describe a testimony to anti-racism and to social and economic justice. Beverly Ward, member of Tampa Meeting and the SEYM Committee for Ministry on…

Invitation: Confronting White Supremacy In SEYM

Invitation: Confronting White Supremacy in SEYM

At Winter Interim Business Meeting, the Youth Committee and Committee for Ministry on Racism brought forward this report on their joint efforts towards confronting White supremacy within SEYM. Their report is “An invitation to one way forward together, as Friends are led, in confronting White…

‘Our Quaker Voice’ Workshop, Feb. 13th

'Our Quaker Voice' Workshop, Feb. 13th

The SEYM Peace & Social Concerns Committee invites all Friends to join us online at 10 am Saturday, February 13th, for Our Quaker Voice, a 'hands-on' workshop on strengthening our advocacy skills and successfully sharing our witness through creating and publishing letters to the editor.…

SEYM Friendly Gardening

SEYM Friendly Gardening

Beverly Ward, SEYM Field Secretary for Earthcare, has created a short video on ‘SEYM Friendly Gardening.’ In this short tutorial, she talks about xeriscaping, pollinator habitats, rain gardens, and other features of eco-friendly landscaping, using examples from meetinghouses in SEYM along with other sites. The…

PLA Responds To Eta’s Devastation

PLA Responds to Eta’s Devastation

Peacebuilding en las Americas, an initiative of Friends Peace Teams, is responding to the devastation in Central America caused by Hurricane Eta, soliciting donations and working with their partners to supply people with food and other basic needs in this time of crisis. In addition,…