March 12, 2023
Each year, Quakers from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana gather for a time of fun, fellowship, and discussion called Yearly Meeting. This year, our theme is Spiritual Refreshment for the Long Haul. We will meet in two modes:
Greg Casillas, of our Meeting, will be the keynote speaker. He says of 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?"
Val Liveoak and other long-term YM attenders will provide a preview of the Yearly Meeting for those who are curious or/and wish to learn more.
March 26, 2023
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is asking our advice about whether this national Quaker lobbying organization should change its current position on reproductive health policy, especially given the recent Supreme Court decision allowing states to limit a women's access to abortion. Until now, Quakers nationwide have not been in unity about this issue. Many have held that this is a health decision, to be decided by a pregnant person and her/their medical team. Others have held that society has an interest in the matter, though they often disagree about the limits of that interest, its scope, and its timing.
Has that changed? Have recent political events shifted Quaker views, much as Quaker views on sexual and gender identity have shifted over the last half-century? Please join us for a facilitated discussion on the issues.
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