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Welcome New Friends

This Saturday is the welcome potluck for not one but two new members -- Elaine Petrella and Kristen Merino.

March 14 at 6pm at the Hersh residence, 9051 SW 69th Court, 33156. (Map) Kathy says: "We will serve spaghetti marinara and garlic bread. We welcome salads, vegetable sides, and desserts. Anyone who can play piano is welcome to tickle the ivories and singing might spontaneously happen. After dark, children might enjoy a game of hide and seek. There are great places to hide in our yard."

Quaker Bible Reading

-- continues this Firstday in the 9:30 hour. We're nearing the end of Chapter 5 in the Book of Matthew but it's never too late to join in.

Yearly Gathering

Andrea reminds us that we need to register for the SEYM yearly gathering by the 15th so they can buy the food -- so that's pretty important! You can register online at the SEYM website where you can also select a workshop to take and find out how to get there. Scholarships are available from Miami Friends and from SEYM to enable all to attend.

All Things Green

News flash from Warren: NIRS, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen have been collaborating for more than a year to produce a new video contrasting the benefits of a safe, clean, affordable renewable-power future with continued reliance on dirty, dangerous nuclear power and fossil fuels.

"It's a powerful video, and we're sure you'll like it."

Watch it now here:www.makenuclearhistory.org

For Wednesday's FCNL Presentation

 In advance of the FCNL climate presentation this Wednesday Brad Stocker recommends reviewing "The People's Climate Change Covenant" published on the website of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate. You can also read the text in the attachment below. If you view it online you have to option to endorse it and sign on for news.

The potluck and presentation are from 7 to 9 on Feb. 25 at the home of the Hershes.

And Don't Forget

We have another potluck at the Levenson's Friday evening 2/27 to welcome Paul Buckley. You can still register for his Saturday workshop on Elias Hicks. Just contact clerk Andrea Hoskins or reply to this newsletter.

New Events on the Calendar

So many things are happening that some of them were left off the calendar and the last newsletter. Here they are:

Tri-County Picnic

This Firstday is the annual Tri-County Picnic especially for Friends from Miami through Palm Beach. The location is the Fern Forest Nature Preserve in Broward. Please see all the details in this flyer and on the calendar page.

SEYM Gathering

Registration has opened for the 2015 yearly gathering at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park (NE of Orlando). All the details and registration here on the SEYM website.

Paul Buckley and Elias Hicks

In addition to the welcome potluck on Friday 2/27 and the workshop of Saturday 2/28 Paul Buckley will continue the conversation about Elias Hicks during the 9:30 hour on 3/1. Check the calendar links and the News page on the website for more information.

Miami Friend to be Honored

We're pleased to hear that Eduardo Diaz will be receiving a Clergy Medallion from the Miami Conference of Christians and Jews (MCCJ) at their annual gala on March 7. This year's theme is "Building a More Inclusive Community" which is certainly something that Friends are in agreement with. You can read about it here on the Community Newspapers site. We want pictures!

And one more thing ...

Despite the current political climate, there is a real opportunity for bipartisan action on climate change in Congress by using our unique faith voices.

On Wednesday 2/25 come hear Emily Wirzba, Policy Assistant for Sustainable Energy and Environment with the Friends Committee on National Legislation following potluck at the Hershes. Here's a flyer.