South Central Yearly Meeting

Religious Society of Friends

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas


Save the Date for SCYM 2023 Annual Sessions-Submit Workshops Now

Save the Date for 2023 SCYM Annual Sessions 

Spiritual Refreshment for the Long Haul

Sunday, April 2 to Wednesday, April 5 online for everyone.
Thursday, April, 6 to Sunday, April 9 at Greene Family Camp (Bruceville TX) with some events also available online

From Greg Casillas, Keynote Speaker, about the theme:

My take on "Refreshment for the Long Haul" is this, "If we are not charged, it is difficult to recharge others. How do we practice self care for the challenges that we face, nourish others with supportive language, and what do we do on a daily basis to support our Quaker Values (SPICES) in a way that is not ethnocentric?" 

Greg Casillas' bio can be found here.

If you are interested in presenting a workshop this year please contact Howard Hawhee through liz.yeats@scym.org


2022 Representative Meeting - November 18-19 - Online - All SCYM Friends are Invited


1/19/23
Celebration of Life for Rex Friend
Friday, January 20 @ 10am
First United Methodist Church of Edmond
305 E Hurd St, Edmond, OK 73034
Dress code is cowboy formal, jeans are welcome!
Video stream will be available for virtual attendance. Go to the FUMC YouTube page around 9:55am to join. https://www.youtube.com/@EdmondFirstUMC/streams 
An obituary for Rex Friend can be found at  https://smithandkernke.com/memorialpage_new.asp?id=3189.

1/13/23

News about a memorial for Rex Friend from Friend Don Satterthwaite:
Dear F/friends,
Many of you may be shocked if you have not previously heard about Rex’s passing. We were stunned by the news that Rex passed away suddenly due to a heart attack. Below is the information concerning his memorial service. Rex was a long long-time Quaker, Peace Activist and lawyer in Oklahoma City.
Love & Peace,
Don Satterthwaite

1/7/23
Rex Friend died yesterday morning of an apparent heart attack. Please hold him and his family and friends in the Light. Rex brought so much to South Central Yearly Meeting over the years, especially in his work for justice and peace.

To date there is no news of a memorial. An announcement will be posted here and on the SCYM FaceBook page when we have news. 

12/07/22
We recently heard that Barbara Cowan, a member of Live Oak Meeting in Houston, died Sunday, November 27, 2022. A Memorial Meeting for Worship will be held in the meetinghouse on Friday, 12/16 from 2-4 pm with Chris Drexler as clerk. The family will provide catered refreshments beforehand. An online option is available here.
Meanwhile, here is a lovely vignette about Barbara: [https://www.boblevy.org/p118766921/h40F43A9F#h40f43a9f]

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Loving in the Light: Quaker Response in Times of Crisis, Part II
March 28 to April 4, 2021<

THE SESSIONS CONCLUDED YESTERDAY WITH SOCIAL TIME. MANY DID NOT WANT TO PART. BELOW IS THE UPDATED EPISTLE, NOMINATING ROSTER AND OTHER REPORTS. PLEASE JOIN SCYM FRIENDS ALL YEAR FOR FELLOWSHIP AT "SCYM CONNECTIONS".

2021 SCYM EPISTLE
2021 SCYM ROSTER OF FRIENDS UNDER APPOINTMENT (Nominating Committee Roster)
SCYM YOU TUBE CHANNEL PAGE with 2020 and 2021 VIDEOS

Please click "read more" to access reports and other items posted at SCYM Sessions 2021

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Our 2021 Keynote Speaker is Eileen Flanagan, a Quaker author, speaker, and online teacher, whose lessons on spiritually-grounded non-violent activism have reached thousands.
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Below are all the attachments and the minutes from both sessions of 2020 RM 1 and 2.

Minutes of Fall 2020 Sessions with Attachments

Here is the link to the minutes with attachments from our recent Fall Yearly Meeting Sessions.

2020 SCYM Epistle to Friends Everywhere

SCYM 2020 Fall Sessions Epistle to Friends Everywhere

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News from SCYM Faith and Practice Committee

Dear SCYM'ers:

At Representative Meeting 2022 we informed you that at the end of January, 2023, we'd have a written, rather complete written first draft of the YM's Faith & Practice ready for your feedback.

Some loose ends in that process, however, have turned up.  It now appears that our first draft won't be ready for viewing before the end of February.  We are sorry for this delay, and will keep you informed of our progress.

John Coffin, Committee clerk
Little Rock Friends Meeting


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North Texas FCNL Advocacy Workshop

Feb. 25, 2023 • 1:00-4:00 CT
Postponed - Date to be announced
Dallas Friends Meetinghouse, 5828 Worth St., Dallas TX
ALL WELCOME
Learn more at: https://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams/3037
See and download a FLYER to help promote the workshop to Friends and others who want to learn how to advocate with elected officials about justice and peace issues. 

Spring Lobby Weekend! March 

Sign up for Spring Lobby Weekend, March 25-28, 2023 in-person and online at: https://www.fcnl.org/events/spring-lobby-weekend-2023
​​​​​​​Promote it among young adults in your meeting. Hundreds of young adults...


SCYM Quaker Parent Mutual Support Groups

  • SCYM Quaker parent mutual support groups provide a supportive forum in which Quaker parents can talk about their parenting and their faith. Parents celebrate one another’s successes and provide fellowship for one another through difficulties.​
  • These groups are open to any SCYM Friend currently raising children under the age of nineteen. They are free. Each group is facilitated by two friends whose children are grown. The groups will meet for one hour every other week for a total of 8 gatherings starting in February 2023 at a time agreed on by the participants. To find out more email Anne Collins at adcollinsq@gmail.com. Sign up here.

Tina Coffin Retires from the "Carillon"

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Oklahoma/Arkansas Quarterly Meeting celebrated Tina Coffin's long years publishing The Carillon at their Quarterly Meeting this fall. Two members of the Quarter, LaDeana Mullinix and Sue Garzon, wrote new lyrics to a familiar tune to celebrate. 

Tina's Song


"The Secret to True Communication" by J. E. McNeil

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Former Houston native and Quaker activist, J.E. McNeil prides herself on her ability to bridge the regional, cultural, and political divides in the United States—the ability, as she puts it, to speak both NASCAR and NPR. So she created a program that teaches others how to communicate with people of different ideological persuasions. As she says, "You can't start persuading people until you're actually communicating." 

Watch the video here.

If you don't already know about Quaker Speak Videos, this is great time to view this one and others. You can find the whole archive of videos here


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Friends Peace Teams Announcements and Upcoming Events: 

Upcoming Events

  • Roots of Injustice (TRR) Online: Jan 22 or Feb 11, Sun 2-4pm Mountain
  • Meet the Javanese Team: Fri, Feb 24, 6:30p Eastern for Power of Goodness and 8:30pm Eastern for Visitation.
  • Indian Boarding Schools… Online, Mar 14, Tue 9:15pm Eastern 
  • FPT Annual Gathering, May 4-7, Westtown Friends School, Register Now! (yes all are welcome)
  • Paula Palmer interview

Friends Peace Teams In Ukraine:

FPT has been working with Ukrainians since 2014 supporting internally displaced


To Friends Throughout the United States:  

Greetings in the Spirit of Love.  

We write to share with you an “Urgent Call to the Religious Society of Friends” concerning the current extensive threats to our U.S. democracy. We are led to speak out against the lies, extremist movements, and anti-democratic actions that are the opposite of our Quaker understandings of integrity and Truth.   This Call was prepared by a group of nineteen Friends.

We encourage your prayerful discernment of this “Urgent Call” and ask you as individuals, monthly meetings, yearly meetings, and Friends organizations to consider how you might be called to act with integrity in response to these concerns. 

Read the Urgent Call
Join the Conversation at 
quakercall.net 


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