Religious Society of Friends
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas
SCYM Faith and Practice 2023 Draft - Friends should be reading and discussing this document in their monthly meetings and worship groups. It will come back to yearly meeting sessions in future years for approval.
The Peace and Justice Committee brought forward the following minutes on contemporary issues which were approved:
2022 Representative Meeting Minutes (with links to the reports)
Below are all the attachments and the minutes from both sessions of 2020 RM 1 and 2.
REPORTS BROUGHT FORWARD
SCYM Connections Report
Nominating Roster 01.23.2021
Report of SCYM Positions Vacant
Finance Committee Report
Approved Schedule for 2021 Spring SCYM Sessions
Minutes of RM #1
Minutes of RM #2
Here is the link to the minutes with attachments from our recent Fall Yearly Meeting Sessions.
Please review, optimally before we gather for 2020 Representative Meeting.
The website content manager regrets not getting these to you sooner. There are many good reports and action minutes contained in these business meeting minutes.
The Memorial Meeting for Sue Garzon was held on Saturday, August 5th at 1:30pm followed by light refreshments at the Girl Scouts' Lodge in Stillwater, OK. We celebrated with stories about Sue, reading from Sue's book and joyous singing.
Will King writes about the flooding in Vermont and New York State:
Would you please post for Friends to know that I’m doing ok in regards to the flooding in Vermont. Several Friends have reached out, which makes me feel so loved, cared for, and held with such grace The town I live in just got some heavy, prolonged rain, but no major damage or flooding to my town (White River Junction/Hartford, Vermont). One town over, Woodstock, VT, is hanging on by a thread with a very swollen and rapid river running through the town. More rain is forecasted for today and tomorrow, so that river might have yet to crest. The pictures from places like Ludlow (30 miles away) and the state capital Montpelier (40 miles away) are heartbreaking. Please hold all New Yorkers and Vermonters affected by the rain and flooding in the Light. I did hear from Anne Collins this morning, and she was away from her new home of Round Lake while the storms came through, but her town and property were unaffected.
Jan Michael writes:
Susan Garzon passed away peacefully at home Sunday night from breast cancer. It is still early so plans have hardly been discussed, but I think a memorial in Stillwater for friends and colleagues would be appropriate, and another sometime in Iowa where we both have family. SCYM Friends can check here for news about the memorial meeting which will be posted here when a decision has been made.
Please hold Sue Garzon and Jan Michael in the Light for the best possible outcome as Sue spends her last days, weeks, months, in hospice care with Jan a steady presence at her side.
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.
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