Religious Society of Friends
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas
Being a Quaker Today: Nurturing Our Soul, Brightening Our Light, and Acting on Our Faith
SCYM’s 2024 Annual Sessions are rapidly approaching. This year’s theme encourages Friends to challenge each other to go back to the root of our faith to re-discover what it means to be a Friend in today's society and how our faith inspires us for future action.
We are fortunate to have Pamela Haines, from Philadelphia, as a presenter. You can find out more about Pamela and her work here. She will help us address our theme which was purposely chosen to encourage any Friend wishing to share their work or inspiration with the community. Click "read more" to see about workshops offering a workshop.
Save the dates! Register Now!
November 10-11, 2023 via Zoom
Friends are invited to gather online for worship, fellowship and business Friday, November 10, 6pm-10pm and on Saturday, November 11, 9am-6:30pm. Social time is scheduled for an hour at the start and end of each day.
Find a FINAL AGENDA HERE.
2022 Representative Meeting Minutes (with links to the reports)
Please hold Claudia Wilson in the Light. She broke her pelvis while at her home in New Mexico. She is in the hospital and says they will send her to a rehab facility for further healing as she gets better. Fort Worth Meeting Friends are in touch and offering support and Claudia has her former partner and neighbors in NM who are helping on site. She would love to hear from Friends via text (682-472-6770) or email (email@example.com). Please limit calls to aid in healing. Hold her in the Light for healing and the best outcome.
A Memorial Meeting for Dale Bordelon will be held Sunday, February 4. Join us for Meeting for Worship from 10-11 if you are able. The Memorial Meeting will be at 11:30 with a potluck afterward.
We don't have Wi-Fi but have a conference call line 214-301-0492 with a speaker so people can hear and be heard.
A memorial meeting for Rodney Mayfield will be held at Live Oak Meetinghouse on December 9, 2023, at 3:00 pm Central Time. Light refreshments will be served.
To join the meeting on Zoom go to https://friendshouston.org/events/memorial-meeting-for-worship-for-rodney-mayfield/.
Paula Keeth writes about Dale:
Dale Bordelon, a member of the Dallas Friends Meeting and active member of SCYM, died early in the week of November 12th of prostate cancer. He had a son Dakota, daughter Savannah, and sister Denise. He had a leading, partly as a result of joining the Friends, to find ways of improving early childhood experiences and environments so children can develop to their highest potential. He was working on this goal to the end. He will be greatly missed. Please hold his family and many friends in the Light. Memorial Meeting information is pending.
Please hold in the Light the following Friends and their families who were brought forward at the Representative Meeting last week.
Hank Lee - Live Oak Friends - died recently
Rodney Mayfield - Live Oak Friends - died recently - see below for information about the memorial meeting
Jan Michael - Stillwater Friends - Sue Garzon, his wife died earlier this year
Dale Bordelon - Dallas Friends - who was going through treatment for advanced prostate cancer and died earlier this week, see below
For all these Friends we will post more information about memorials here and on Facebook when we have the information. If Friends know of others who need to be specially held in the Light, please let us know at pubs(at)scym.org.
Rodney Mayfield's Houston Celebration Information: Live Oak Friends Meeting
1318 W. 26th St.
December 9th @ 3:00pm
An online link will be posted here when it is available.
Our beloved Friend Dale Bordelon has died after treatment for advanced prostate cancer. Please hold Dale and his family in the Light as they grieve and celebrate his life. Dale is a member of Dallas Meeting and a regular attender at SCYM annual sessions. Friends Danielle Evans and Paula Keeth will be sending further news when they have it.
Update for Dale Bordelon: After two surgical procedures at Baylor, Dale was released home on October 21. On November 7, he is undergoing a further test to determine his treatment plan. Please continue to hold Dale Bordelon, his family, and f(F)riends, in the Light.
Please hold Dale Bordelon, his family, and f(F)riends, in the Light. Dale was transferred to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas following a good ten-day hospitalization at Texoma Medical Center in Denison on Thursday evening 5th October. He is struggling with complications stemming from previous diagnoses. Best treatment plans are in the works.
Each of us has gifts of service that are needed in SCYM to fill a variety of roles. The SCYM Gifts of Service to Our Spiritual Community Form lists yearly meeting committees, representatives, and roles that make our yearly meeting run. While not all positions currently have vacancies, your indications will allow the Nominating Committee to know of your interest. Please fill out this form and follow the directions on it to return it to the Nominating Committee.
Save the Dates! Registration is Open
Join Friends from across North America in seeking what messages Spirit offers us as we explore Spirit led growth and transformation. We will have time to deepen our spiritual lives, share ideas across yearly meetings and explore new ones as we meet online.
The dates are January 18-21, 2024 online only.
The program includes four main components that were lifted by yearly meeting clerks, focus group members and additional Friends:
For more info go to: https://www.fgcquaker.org/event/gathering-anew-2024/?sd=1705554000
Quaker Religious Education Collaborative invites all to join them for a free Online Practice and Discussion Group led by Nadine Hoover and Beth Collea
The group meets monthly to enrich adult Quaker Religious Education for ourselves and our meetings/churches. Each month will open with worship and a message from the book Walking in the World as a Friend: Essential Quaker Practices (available on the QREC website). Then, we will hold worship sharing to hear from each person, followed by a discussion on any questions, reflections, or implications for us as Friends, and close with worship. We may discuss practices, such as journaling, spiritual companions, and faith and practice or scripture study, that help us and our meetings/churches.
Monday, January 8, 2024 7:30pm Eastern US Time
Experiences of the Living Spirit and the Role of the Minister (pp 27-30 or relevant videos)
Monday, February 12, 2024 7:30pm Eastern US Time
Experiment with Spirit and the Role of the Steward (pp 35-37 or relevant videos)
Monday, March 11, 2024 7:30pm Eastern US Time
Essential Quaker Structures as an Ecology of Practices (pp 45-58 or relevant videos)
Topic: SCYM 2023 Representative Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 5310 7161
SCYM has made donations to Friends Ugandan Safe Transport - FUST for many years now. Don Satterthwaite sent the following three documents after SCYM 2023 so Friends can know more about the situation for homosexual people in Uganda and what Friends are doing to help.
The first draft of our SCYM Faith and Practice is now ready for your review. There will be a workshop at 2023 SCYM Annual Sessions in which Friends can ask questions of the committee and bring suggestions for editing. We will not be asking for a decision to adopt this as our Faith and Practice at this time.
Friends should know that this document has been a long time coming with the work of many Friends. Let us express gratitude to the committee that has worked hard to bring it to us and the many others who participated in this process along the way.
Now it is all of our responsibility to review it and discern if it reflects the faith and practice of the meetings in South Central Yearly Meeting. See the SCYM Faith and Practice draft here.
John Coffin, Committee clerk
Little Rock Friends Meeting
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
9:00AM Pacific / 10AM Mountain / 11AM Central