Religious Society of Friends: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

March 24, 2020 NEWS UPDATE: SCYM COVID19 Including online meetings for worship

Photo by Malcolm McAtee, web manager at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Dear Friends,

As we move into these times of social distancing, Friends in SCYM are finding ways to help each other deal with social distancing and the effects of the disease on indiviuals and meetings. 

The one family in SCYM that reported that one member had tested positive for COVID19 report they are now recovering nicely. They are trying to rest and so, while they appreciate your prayers, they are staying annonymous. More news of SCYM Friends will be posted as we have it. 

A new fall date for SCYM 2020 Yearly Meeting Sessions is confirmed as September 24-27, 2020. Watch here for more details.

All are invited to worship virtually online: All Yearly Meeting Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, 7-8pm (connect at 6:30 for tech help) and with SCYM Monthly Meetings on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please click "read more" for details.

Link to Valiant Together listing for wonderful ideas for infusing Quakerism into family life and First Day School while social distancing at http://www.quakers4re.org/valiant-together2020.

Minute on Family Separation: Friends Meeting of San Antonio

The following minute on family separation was approved by Friends Meeting of San Antonio. They ask that SCYM meetings and worship groups consider affirming this minute or creating their own. Please let clerks@scym.org know if your meeting approves such an minute on this or other matters of interest to the whole of SCYM. 

"Friends Meeting of San Antonio finds the policy of the present administration of separating children from their families at the border to be shameful and contrary to American values.  Further, using the Gospel to claim that “God has ordained” such actions is appalling to us as a people of faith. We also insist that our government follow international law and open our ports of entry for people seeking asylum.  We call on all government officials, from the President, Attorney General, Senators, and Representatives, to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection to cease and desist separating infants and older children from their parents.  Compassion is called for in welcoming those who flee violence, seeking asylum in America."                ~ Val Liveoak and Gretchen Haynes, Co-Clerks