The date for the clerking workshop to be given by Arthur Larrabee has been set for 9am to 4pm on 9/27 -- not in tenth month as previously announced. Arthur has proposed a title: Clerking: What Every Member of the Meeting Should Know About Clerking and Quaker Decision-making. This emphasizes the wide appeal of the subject, which should be of interest to both members and attenders, new and old. More details will be made available closer to the time of the event.
Registration is needed to accomodate up to forty participants. A donation of $50 is suggested to help cover the cost of the event, but SEYM and at least some of the monthly meetings (including Miami) are making scholarships available to insure that all who are interested can take advantage of this opportunity. Please use the contact form on the Miami Friends site to reach clerk Andrea Hoskins for registration or any questions.
A New Way to Contribute
As the previous paragraph reminds us, Friends can be reluctant to ask for financial support. Our practice at Miami Friends has been to make an annual appeal to the members in our directory, and to gratefully accept the response. Now a new way is available to lend your support online. If you inspect the sidebar of the website you'll notice a new box that leads to a page where you can contribute with the click of a button.
Several members have let the finance committee know that they would like a way to make regular monthly contributions without having to remember to write a check. Now when you contribute online you have that option by simply checking the box that says "make it recurring." It's easy, safe, and secure. Give it a try at www.miamifriends.org/donate.
We're excited that Arthur Larrabee has accepted our invitation to come and give his acclaimed clerking workshop right here in Miami. The date, still to be confirmed, will be in Tenth month. Currently general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Larrabee has been giving these workshops for some years. Many Friends have found them invaluable.
The workshop is not just for clerks of the meeting or even just committee clerks. All members and attenders can benefit from it as an introduction to Quaker process and practice in reaching "the sense of the meeting." Anyone who wishes to attend may contact Andrea Hoskins to get on the schedule. (You can use the contact form to send to the clerk of the meeting.) Donations may be requested to help with the cost, but the policy has yet to be confirmed. Out of town Friends may also contact us if you need hospitality for the event.
Meetings for Learning
Last week we learned much about the work of the FWCC as each member of the executive committee for the Section of the Americas was invited to give their own perspective.
That's a lot of acryonyms, but the message is simple. The SEYM of course is to remind us that our annual gathering was held last weekend, and Miami Friends were well represented, including some first time attenders (you know who you are).
EQAT (pronounced "equate") stands for Earth Quaker Action Team, the group that's working to oppose the practice of mountain top removal in the Appalachians. Lots of info about why this is a really bad idea and what you can do about it is available on their website.
Put the two acronyms together and you have a joint action. Augmented by SEYM youth and a number of adults, EQAT brought their latest demonstration to Tampa, where PNC Bank had relocated their board meeting in part to escape the pressure they were getting from Quakers in Pennsylvania. It appears that part of the plan did not work, as they were greeted by signs and protesters asking them to reconsider their financial backing for mountain dismantling, as some other banks have already done.
The event got some good press coverage here (note the first hand account in the comments at the end from one of our Miami youth) and here including a video interview with Eileen Flanagan from EQAT, demonstrating what an eloquent spokesperson she is. Thanks to our youth for their energy and leadership on this!
Friends World Committee for Consultation
FWCC Section of the Americas representatives will be jointly hosted by Miami Friends and the Iglesia de los Amigos this Thursday through Sunday, the 24th through 27th. Some of them will be present for a meeting for learning on Firstday at 9:30. This is also the day for our monthly potluck after worship, so the conversation will no doubt continue over lunch. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this Quaker organization.
This past weekend we held a memorial service for Janet Launcelott that was well attended and much appreciated by family, friends, and colleagues. Participants included one South Miami City Commissioner and some prominent activist women with whom Janet had a shared history. The Miami Herald has published this obituary.