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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.

Peacebuilding En Las Americas June Update

Peacebuilding en las Americas June Update

Monica Maher, Peacebuilding en las Americas Coordinator for Friends Peace Teams, sends us this report for June 2020. The Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA) Peace Baskets Project (PAN PAV) is successfully underway in all five countries where PLA works: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and…

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Update! Youth & Families Retreat Online Jul. 31-Aug. 2

Update! Youth & Families Retreat Online Jul. 31-Aug. 2

Due to pandemic-related safety concerns and resulting logistical challenges, the SEYM Youth Committee has decided to cancel the in-person portion of this summer’s Youth and Families Retreat, which had been scheduled for July 24-26. An online Youth & Family Retreat will be held the following…

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QEW UN Working Group 2020 Side Event, July 15 (online)

QEW UN Working Group 2020 Side Event, July 15 (online)

Every year, since 2017, the Quaker Earthcare Witness United Nations Working Group has convened a Side Event during the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development. These side events have been collaborative efforts in recognition of the United Nations International Decade for People…

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June 23rd Online Workshop: Climate, Covid 19 & Environmental Justice in the Midst of an Uprising

Facilitator: Shelley Tanenbaum (Quaker Earthcare Witness) We are living in rapidly changing times, facing challenges of monumental proportion: a global pandemic, climate change and related ecological disasters, and institutional racism and violence. These challenges are connected and we cannot address any one of them without…

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July 28 Online Workshop: Collaborative Conflict Resolution Strategies, from Interpersonal to Earthcare

Conflicts are universal features of human interaction. After discussing definitions of conflict, we’ll explore the various types and levels of conflict that we may experience or observe, then discuss when to use collaborative conflict resolution strategies. We’ll consider some procedures for resolving conflicts, and analyze…

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