South Central Yearly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends in
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, & Texas
Greetings to Friends Everywhere,
Sing and rejoice ye children of the day and the light; for the Lord is at work in this thick night of darkness that may be felt: and the Truth doth flourish as the rose, and lilies do grow among the thorns and the plants atop the hills, and upon them the lambs doth skip and play.” ― George Fox, The Journal of George Fox
South Central Yearly Meeting gathered at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX for the 56th year from March 29 to April 1, 2018 to embrace this year’s theme “Lift Hearts and Spirits to the Light”.
As we individuals and groups drove in, many of us gave consideration to the delightful Spring hues that plot the trails from which we have voyaged. Like blood coursing through veins and water through roots, we encountered numerous winding roads before finally reaching our destination.
For many of us there were welcomes from old Friends; for others there were warming welcomes from new Friends. Take a moment and imagine being caught in the midst of an elemental storm of good versus good. A storm where nothing but kind hearts and love are fighting to embrace you and build up your spirit in community. That is the sense of this Yearly Meeting.
We began this year’s gathering with Meeting for Worship. In spite of the room being somewhat void of physical bodies, it was swarmed with otherworldly hush. We amassed peacefully as individual flames of Light enlightened by the nearness of God. We each enabled ourselves to be defenseless against this experience as we silently shared our secrets, sorrows, leadings, and prayers in the Light.
Light—a lighter tone in meeting for Business.
A lighter touch in workshops, fun and games instead of another task.
A hug, a smile to light our way to spirit in these dark times. Light of the warm sun in gentle breezes, lightening bugs at dusk.
Joy in silence, joy in song. Art and clay, balloons and play, lighten our burdens as we witness to the world.
These reports are posted so that Friends may read them before and during 2018 Yearly Meeting Sessions. More will be posted as they are available.
2018 AFSC Report
2018 FCNL Report
2018 FCNL Successes
2018 Friends Peace Teams Report
2018 FWCC International Greetings
Preliminary Meeting For Business Agenda
2018 SCYM Directory of Friends
2018 Treasurer's Report to YM
Should/Could SCYM Host the 2019 FGC Gathering?
2018 FWCC SCYM Representative Report
2018 South Central Yearly Meeting Sessions - 29 March to 1 April 2018 - Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, TX
In early 2017, as Bayou Quarterly Meeting began to consider a theme for the adult program at SCYM-2018, we realized how discouraged many of us felt with the results of the 2016 presidential election. When the year progressed into floods of negativity and inaction by Congress, the spirits of Americans seemed at an all-time low. Thus, we felt led to present a different kind of program to our fellow Quakers – one that encourages PLAY!
“Lift Hearts and Spirits to the Light”
Keynote: Annie Patterson and Peter Blood – in concert!! Annie and Peter (active Quakers, together since 1981) are the creators of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks. She is “a teacher, musician, artist, peace activist, mother, and community organizer.” He is “a nurse, family therapist, crisis worker, music editor, song leader, spiritual formation leader and teacher of Quakerism.” We feel honored that they are joining us. https://www.riseupandsing.org/
Please plan to attend this year’s SCYM to build your spirit in community with us. The workshops will give you specific tools through the arts that will encourage you to creatively move forward “to the Light.” Come join us as we make art through clay, collage, writing, movement and music.
2018 SCYM Representative Meeting will take place - 16-18 November - Camp Gilmont near Gilmer, Texas
The 2018 Directory of SCYM Friends is ready for download. A limited number of print copies will be available at SCYM Sessions. You must be signed in to see this directory. Sign in with your username and password in the upper right hand corner at www.scym.org (follow the instructions if you do not have an account or need a new password).
Friends are advised that this directory is drawn from the online listing once a year just before yearly meeting sessions and remains static throughout the year. The online directory provides much more up-to-date information and can be easily used by clicking on the word "members" that magically appears in the top menu bar when you are signed in. You will get a search box to look up the person you wish to contact.
Susan Warram, member of Norman Monthly Meeting, died January 20, 2018 at home in Fairfield, OH. Her husband, Jim Warram, died July 6, 2017. Both were very active during their time at SCYM and many of us will remember them fondly. Norman Meeting will have memorial minutes for both Susan and Jim to read at SCYM 2018.
2017 SCYM Epistle including the Young Friends Epistle and the Junior Young Friends Epistle
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: