FGC has provided a new resource in the form of a 16-page booklet titled "You Are Welcome Here." (Click to access the download page.) All members and attenders may be interested to review these suggestions on how we can be most welcoming to new attenders at our meeting.
"Friends General Conference (FGC) has shepherded QuakerQuest in the US and Canada since 2007. Over this time we’ve seen changes in the conversation about being welcoming and changes in the number of people in attendance at worship in participating meetings.
"This booklet includes QuakerQuest learnings for your and your meeting’s use. These are of value whether or not you have participated in previous QuakerQuest activities. Consider sharing these during committee meetings, using them in small group settings, and including them in your newsletter."
New Earthcare Site
SEYM has a new page dedicated to the Earthcare committee with featured stories on climate change, mountain top removal, divestment, clean water, and more. Visit to stay in touch with all the latest developments.
The annual Family Peace Camp at Camp Ithiel (Church of the Brethren Camp near Orlando) will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday Eve to Sunday Noon) August 29 to 31, 2014. This year the theme is “Living in the Magic Kin-dom” with resource leader David Radcliff, who is a Church of the Brethren Minister. Radcliff is also Director of New Community Project (a faith-based ministry focusing on environmental sustainability and global justice), a leader of learning tours to other countries (to learn first- hand about areas of need for girls’ education, women’s development, and forest preservation), and is Interested in empowering youth and young adults.
See the attached flyer for complete details with a list of activities planned. The flyer also includes a registration form that you can complete online or through the mail.
Larrabee Clerking Workshop
The Arthur Larrabee workshop titled, :"What Every Member of the Meeting Should Know About Clerking and Quaker Decision-making," is coming up on seventh day 9/27 from 9 to 4. The workshop is nearly full, though a few spots are still available. As a reminder, a donation of $50 is suggested, but Miami Friends and some other SEYM meetings are making scholarships available so that anyone interested may attend.
To register, please contact Andrea Hoskins, clerk of Miami Meeting. You can use the contact form to send a message to the clerk. Donations may be made in advance either by check payable to Miami Friends Meeting, or through Paypal at miamifriends.org/donate.
State of Our Libraries
Kathy Hersh attended the recent County Commission meeting regarding library funding and read a statement from Miami Friends. She reports:
The mayor can still veto the vote and it would require a two-thirds vote of the commission to override the veto. The additional taxes merely maintain the status quo, avoiding dismissal of librarians. It will not increase new book acquisitions nor upgrade technology nor restore some children's programs which had to be dropped.
The meeting's statement was read to the commission. An appropriate follow-up would be for those so led to call or write their commissioners and ask that they continue to support the increase to libraries, including personal stories about the difference libraries make in their lives.
As I said in my personal statement, a budget is nothing less than a declaration of priorities. Huge concessions are given to developers and sports entrepreneurs. The rest of us are left with a few crumbs from the piecrust.
At our recent business meeting it was decided to increase the size of the meeting's donation to Friends Committee on National Legislation in view of the great range of pressing issues currently being worked on. Members and attenders may also wish to consider making a special contribution at this time. More information is available from the FCNL website at www.fcnl.org where you can also learn how to contribute.
Speaking of Bees ...
The Miami-Dade Public Library System needs your help now! Revenues to our libraries have been cut by more than half in the last four years causing reduced operating hours, a huge reduction in books and other materials, and far fewer programs for our children and the community.
Please contact your County Commissioner before Tuesday, July 15 to tell them to restore the library’s budget to $64 million. Nothing less! To Contact your commissioner, go to www.savemdpls.org then click on Take Action.
For more information:
Just a quick note as we prepare to travel back to Miami tomorrow from the FGC Gathering. It's been an incredibly full week with long rich days. Gerry and I enjoyed our respective workshops ("Deepening Your Experience With the Light," on forms of meditation, and "Writing From the Spirit"). Yesterday we joyfully followed our SEYM and FGC youth into the lion's den to help EQAT convince PNC Bank to get out of the business of financing mountaintop removal. We had a total of about 200 of us on this mission, which makes it larger than last year's visit to Wendy's on behalf of the Fair Food Campaign. We look forward to telling you all about it.
I see nothing on the calendar fot the 9:30 hour this week, so we hope to sleep in and worship with you back home on Firstday.
-Steve (and Gerry and Vincent)