Those of us who participated appreciated having the support of many who could not be present but held us in the light for this peaceful demonstration today. The video gives a good impression of what it was like to be there.
Members of Miami's Environmental Quaker Action Team (EQAT) protested at PNC Bank's Aventura, Florida branch, today (December 6, 2014), to protest the bank's continued financing of companies involved in Appalachian mountain-top removal as part of their coal mining operations. Spokesperson and protest leader Vincent Cosomano spoke about the group's protest.
This Friday the 5th at 6pm we will celebrate the membership of Jeanette Smith in Miami Friends Meeting. Bring a dish to share and come to John Stevens' home at 9430 SW 93 Ave (map). This proved to be a wonderful location at the last party held there, and many of us are looking forward to seeing the newly landscaped -- with native plants -- grounds. Come one, come all.
There are two new events on the calendar this week as we consider the future of Bartram House. Recently Charlotte Shea gave us an overview of the history of the building and the meeting's acquisition and use of it. This Friday the 21st Rustin Levenson will host a potluck at her home so that we can discuss the current issues in a relaxed social setting. The schedule will be:
Gather beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Start potluck at 6:45
Start meeting at 7:30
End at 9:00 promptly.
Reminders from SEYM secretary Vicki Carlie:
- Half Yearly Meeting, Nov. 27-30, Wekiwa Springs State Park: The late registration fee is being waived until Nov. 20th. If you have enjoyed going HYM, please share your experiences with Friends. We need to get the word out! Go to our website at www.seym.org for information & registration.
- A Weekend with John Calvi, Nov. 21-22, St. Petersburg Meeting: 3 different workshops are being offered, see attached flyer for complete information. Registration is required by Nov. 17th for the Saturday 'Goodness' workshop.
Meetings for Learning
This Firstday the 16th Quaker Bible reading continues. John Dorschner has let us know he's interested in finding someone else to assume leadership for these sessions. Expertise and scholarship are welcome but not necessary. You only have to be willing to show up and moderate the discussion. If you're interested let John know, or reply to this newsletter.
Next, on the 23rd, Steve Donachie will lead a session on Quakers and Technology. We'll be considering how new means of communication can be both used and abused. We even have technological Queries to reflect upon.