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 It's nearly the end of very busy year at Miami Friends, but we still have a few more items on the agenda ...

Bible Reading

Our popular Quaker Bible reading sessions continue this Firstday, the 21st, with David Landowne opening the book of Matthew. Appropriately enough, we'll be reading about -- what else? -- the birth of Jesus.

These sessions have been scholarly at times but never dull. And to prove it, just for fun, here's a little something David discovered on Youtube: I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist.

Christmas Party

After rise of meeting we'll do some celebratory activities involving potluck finger foods and some carol singing. Jane is in town, so the piano will be in good hands. (The silent auction will take place in January.)

On Aging

Speaking of people who are in town, Yana Landowne will be here to lead a discussion about aging in the 9:30 hour on the 28th. She's been participating in workshops in the ARCH project (Aging Resources Consultation and Help) of New York Yearly Meeting. The conversation may continue over potluck lunch after meeting.

Special Session on Bartram House

 This is a reminder that we're having an important session on the future of Bartram House this Saturday morning, the 13th. in the meeting house. Coffee and light refreshments will be at 8:30 AM with discussion to start at 9:00. We'll plan to end promptly at 11:30 to make the room available for one of the user groups at noon.

We hope as many as possible will be able to attend so that whatever decision is reached will be a true sense of the meeting as a whole, with all points of view given expression.

Business Meeting

It's the second Firstday again which means it's time for business meeting again. Committees are reminded that we need to start planning the budget for the new year, so please let the finance committee know about any special needs you forsee.

Donations for EQAT

The Earth Quaker Action Team is on a roll -- twenty-six demonstrations in twelve states plus Washington DC, all on the same day. And Miami Friends were there! Now they are appealing for funds to help meet their needs before year end. It's easy to do -- just go to EQAT.com and click on Donate.

(And don't forget, it's just as easy to make contributions to Miami Friends, as we are also trying to make up the shortfall in our budget. Just head over to miamifriends.org/donate.)

Christmas Party

I know, we're Quakers, so there is nothing more special about any day. But we can always celebrate, and the approach of the holiday season is reason enough for that. Plans are being made for after rise of meeting on Firstday the 21st. More details to be announced. Mark the date.

Special Announcement Concerning Ferguson

We received this invitation from EQAT to paticipate in a Q&A session TONIGHT (12/8/14) regarding response to police violence:

Is your heart and mind weighed down by the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Mike Brown and now Eric Garner? Are you wondering what's really going on behind what's been reported in the news?

Come hear from Matthew Armstead, a Philadelphia organizer who responded to requests and spent a month in Ferguson supporting protesters. This is a chance to ask questions and hear about the full story: the history, the structural racism, and the people fighting for change.

Monday, Dec. 8 at 8pm (EST)
Watch live video at www.eqat.org/ferguson
Or Call-in at 605-562-0020 (ID:372-640-987#)

Join and get a clearer picture of what is happening as people around the country rise up, take action, and demand justice.

Ways to ask a question:
Email: [email protected] subject line - Q&A
Facebook: Write a comment on this event wall
(https://www.facebook.com/events/809793695745662/).
Twitter: tweet with ‪#‎FergusonQandA‬

Matthew Armstead is a trainer, facilitator, artist, and organizer in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently Coordinator of Earth Quaker Action Team and a Training Associate with Training for Change. 

Today's EQAT Action at PNC Aventura

 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.

EQAT Action at PNC in Aventura

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.

(Click to watch the video.)