Miami Friends meeting was well represented at half-yearly meeting last weekend, and those of us who could attend had a wonderful time. No doubt the weather being less COLD had something to do with that. It was sunny, cool, and beautiful.
This Firstday is our day to reflect on the Query for the month on Peace Testimony and Nonviolence. This seems particularly timely in view of the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, the great soul whose stature only seems to increase with each passing year. He may not have been a Friend, but it's hard to imagine a more powerful embodiment of the force for peaceful change and reconcilliation.
It is also time for our business meeting. Committees are reminded that your Finance committee will be working on the budget for the new year and needs to hear from any committees with special needs.
In the past Finance committee has been in the habit of sending letters near the end of each year to report on some of the meeting's activities and to appeal for contributions to support the meeting in its work. This year we are using this email list in place of letters to save the time and expense of physical mailings.
We have no meeting for learning scheduled this week, but you can still stick around after worship for our monthly potluck lunch and social get together.
It's time -- you can spend the 28th through the 1st in the bucolic environs of Wakiwa Springs state park. It's last minute, but you can still register and get more information here.
Socially Responsible Investing
Gerry alerts us to this episode of Consuelo Mack's "Wealthtrack" show featuring an interview with the CEO of Calvert, in whose funds our meeting participates. Friends may be interested to hear about their investment philosophy right from the source.
Fred Sanger, Winner of Two Nobel Prizes
Not one but two Nobels? Not many people can claim that. Fred Sanger, a biochemist who pioneered research into the human genome, was raised a Quaker. WLRN featured this short remembrance of him after his recent passing at the age of 95. (Thanks to Brad for the tip.)
Sea Level Rise
The Miami Herald featured this article about a dramatic demonstration of the effects of rising sea levels on Miami Beach. Collins in the article was an early Friend on Miami Beach. The Pancoast family is in our directory. This article speaks to Friends on more levels, if we know our history. (Thanks to Warren.)
Join us this Saturday 11/16 for a special potluck to welcome new attenders to the meeting. We'll gather at the home of the Levensons (map) at 13291 Old Cutler Road. Come early at 5:00 for swimming, with eating to begin around 6:00.
From Peace and Social Concerns
Warren alerts us to this article in New Times about the Miccosukee concern for water issues in the Everglades. The committee invites friends to become informed on this issue which affects us all in South Florida.
One of our other concerns is the plight of our bees. Friends may be interested in this TED Talk on the subject titled "Why Bees Are Disappearing" (video can be viewed online).
Welcome Attenders Potluck
We have an informal tradition of holding an annual potluck dinner to welcome new attenders and explain something of the workings of the meeting. As always, all are welcome, but if you are a relatively new attender to our meeting you are especially invited to attend. Join us on Saturday 11/16 at the Levensons', 13291 Old Cutler Road (map). Bring a dish to share. Come early at 5:00 for swimming, with eating to begin around 6:00.