Religious Society of Friends
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas
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 email@example.com.
Documents in Advance & Presented During the Meeting:
Finance Committee Report
FLGBTQC Representative's Report
FWCC Representative's Report
Procedures Manual Report
QREC Representative's Report
Youth Program Support Committee Report
Draft Schedule of 2023 SCYM Annual Sessions
Cielo Grande Quarterly Meeting Report
Nominating Report - New Appointments
Nominating Report - Positions Needed to be Filled
Bayou Quarterly Meeting Report
Friends Peace Team Report
Peace and Justice Committee Report
Texas Impact Representative Report
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.
News about a memorial for Rex Friend from Friend Don Satterthwaite:
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,
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.
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]
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
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
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Join Friends in Moscow for Daily Worship for Ukraine
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