2017 SCYM Epistle including the Young Friends Epistle and the Junior Young Friends Epistle
South Central Yearly Meeting
We want to keep you up to date on how Friends are weathering Hurricane Harvey.
If you have news to share, please click this link to submit your news. We will keep updating as we get news. Click 'Read more..' for all reports and details.
Update from Live Oak Meeting on December 8, 2017
Live Oak Friends Meeting Thanks Donors: As our city and the surrounding areas begin the recovery process, we are grateful for the many donations and expressions of care and concern. We received donations from more than 90 individuals, Quaker Meetings and Friends Churches in many areas of the country. We are grateful that so many thought of us when there are so many needs in the world.
During a 3-day period, the Greater Houston area and parts of southeast Texas received between 30 and 56 inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey decayed into a tropical storm. In some places the water was relatively “clean” as creeks and bayous overflowed, but in others storm water was mixed with overflowing sewerage treatment plants and releases from reservoirs. Now in mid-November, media reports say that there are still 150,000 families displaced from their homes or rental units, with total damage estimates in the billions of dollars. The Friends Church in Friendswood Texas sustained some damage as did more than 30 of their members. We sent two work crews to Friendswood to help them “muck out” homes and made a major donation to their recovery fund.
Our buildings and property were undamaged, but three families in the meeting community lost cars or sustained damage to their homes. Your contributions helped them replace cars and get started with the repair process even before insurance paid its share.
Our process charged our Finance Committee with accounting for and acknowledging contributions, while our Care and Concern Committee dealt with the distribution of funds. In the distribution process, we wanted to move as quickly as possible and provide funds where small amounts could have the greatest impact as well as address unmet needs or under-served populations. Those organizations include, Altruist Relief, Mama Rosie’s Feed the Hungry Fund, Texas Organizing Project, Southeast Texas Food Bank, West Street Recovery, The Transgender Project Relief Fund and Best Friends Animal Rescue.
Sustainability Minute from 2016 includes a call to action for Yearly Meetings.
A letter to President Obama from Howard Hawhee, Clerk of South Central Yearly Meeting:
Ways for Individals and faith communities to counter oppression.
A follow up message from Howard Hawhee, Clerk of SCYM.
Oklahomans passed two state questions, SQ 780 and 781, aimed at lowering the prison population. SQ 780 reduces some felonies, such as low level drug charges, to misdemeanors; and SQ 781 uses savings for mental heatlh treatment.
For more information, check out this link: http://www.newson6.com/story/33660471/oklahoma-voters-approve-criminal-reform-measures.
Friends, are you familiar with QuakerSpeak videos? They are produced by Friends Journal and can be found on YouTube. They come out weekly and are very informational, while also being very succinct. Here is a link to one of particular interest: https://youtu.be/wLoUu_YIV3s.
South Central Yearly Meeting is a gathering of Friends (Quaker) Meetings and Worship Groups in the South Central Region of the United States. This site provides information about these communities and makes resources available to our members, such as the document library and member directory.
. . . that the high school program for FGC Gathering has its own facebook page, with links to registration? Neither did we! If you facebook, you can check it out here: http://www.facebook.com/fgchsprogram/