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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.

Meeting & Worship Group Forum: Maintaining Community In The Pandemic

Meeting & Worship Group Forum: Maintaining Community in the Pandemic

Over 30 Friends from 11 Meetings and Worship Groups attended the SEYM Monthly Meeting and Worship Group Forum, which proved to be a rich and rewarding online gathering. The forum was held on May 16th, as part of our Yearly Meeting Business Sessions. Friends shared…

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Virtual Mini-Gathering: Nuts & Bolts

Virtual Mini-Gathering: Nuts & Bolts

The SEYM Gathering falls early in the “season” of yearly meeting events; most yearly meetings in North America hold their large annual sessions over the summer. As a result, we were one of the first yearly meetings to have to cancel our in-person sessions, and…

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Peacebuilding En Las Américas, Coping With Pandemic

Peacebuilding en las Américas, Coping with Pandemic

Coordinator Mónica Maher sent this report from Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA). Their network of AVP facilitators in Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are coping with dire pandemic conditions: hunger, human rights violations, the collapse of public health systems, and more. They have…

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Public Statement

on the arrest of a member

Content warning: concerns child sexual abuse

SEYM has received the news that one of our members has been arrested for sexual abuse of a child about sixteen years ago in his home community of Lake Worth, Florida. While we are not aware of abuse occurring at any SEYM event, we are reaching out to extend our support to anyone who may have witnessed or experienced harmful, abusive, or confusing behavior within our community, to survivors of sexual violence who may be impacted by this news, and to any other participants in Southeastern Yearly Meeting events who might need particular support and care at this time.