Please join us this Firstday the 26th in the 9:30 hour when Lynn and Steve Newsom will speak to us about the work of Quaker House, which provides assistance to military families. They will discuss their recent program about "moral injury."
Learn how you can support the spiritual needs of our Service Members, veterans, and their families. All are welcome. The conversation may continue over potluck lunch after meeting.
The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews will hold an interfaith service titled "Pursuing Peace: A Common Path" October 26, 2014 at 4PM at the Coral Gables Congregational Church. This interfaith service features words and music which celebrate the diversity of our community. The event is free and open to the public. More information and a flyer here.
This week I'm catching up with a number of announcements regarding social actions and concerns that have been sent in over the last couple of weeks. Please give them your considered attention. So off we go ...
Food for the Soul Forum
"Standing up: Denominational Responses to the Palestine/Israel Conflict" will be held Sunday October 19th, 2014 from 1– 2:30 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, 3010 DeSoto Blvd. in Coral Gables. A Hummus Festival Light Lunch precedes the event from 12:15 – 1 p.m.
Co-presented by the church's Just Peace Committee/Board of Justice and Witness and FRIENDS OF SABEEL SOUTH FLORIDA (FOS-SFL) .
We've been giving attention to mountaintop removal coal mining, but there is another side to the buring of coal in power plants which is the production of ash. Earthjustice.org says:
"Coal ash, the toxic remains of coal burning in power plants, is full of chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders and reproductive problems. It poisons our water and kills fish and wildlife. But despite the threat, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House have done little to protect the waters we drink from coal ash contamination."
Have a look at their video Little Blue: A Broken Promise
Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT)
Latest announcement from EQAT (pronounced "equate"):
"What Every Member of the Meeting Should Know About Clerking and Quaker Decision-making" -- Arthur Larrabee's much anticipated workshop is finally here this Saturday, 9/27. As of a week ago a few spaces were still available, so if you haven't registered and would like to participate, check with clerk Andrea Hoskins.
Here's the agenda for the day:
- 09:00 Gather and refreshments
- 09:30 Program
- 12:30 Lunch
- 01:30 Program
- 04:30 Adjourn
Arthur will also lead a session in the 9:30 hour on Sunday, so if you're not doing the workshop you can still participate in that.
Please hold our traveling Friends in the light as they make their way to us. Car pooling to the meeting house will be helpful to make space for our many guests.