Upcoming Events

Tenth Month - October

October 2, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Progress for Mental Health Today: Policy and Practice

SPC Music Center St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ranking 50th in the nation for mental health funding, Florida is faced with a mental health crisis that burdens families and communities, and strains public and private agencies alike. Locally, many of those in need of services end up in jail, in the revolving doors of 3-day involuntary Baker Act commitments, or cycling in and out of emergency rooms.

This forum will explore past practices in comparison with recent state-wide and local initiatives. Panelists will highlight the critical work that’s left to be done to promote proper treatment and end the criminalization overshadowing mental health and addiction illnesses.

Free and open to the public. Online registration is requested.


October 4 and 5 The SEYM Fall Interim Business Meeting will be held in Tampa this year. It will involve Friday and Saturday. The Tampa Meeting is hoping that we can provide a place to stay for some folks. If you have a bed to share, please contact me by August 26. Thank you so much. (I'm believing it would be up to us, if we host someone, to let them know we either can or cannot provide transportation to and from the meetings in Tampa.)

October 10, Thursday

6-6:45pm Friends Cafe with Soup (vegan split pea and barley) and Dessert (gingerbread with lemon sauce) provided. Anything else you’d like to share is always welcome, but not required. The most important thing to bring is yourself!

6:45-7pm Cleanup

7-8:30pm. Women’s Group meets in the annex behind the meeting house. Veda Rabideaux will be facilitating. Topic to be announced after Meeting for Worship on Sunday. It will be stimulating and fun, you can count on it.

7-8:30 Men’s Group meets in the meeting house.

October 13-14, 19-20

Shower of Stoles Project - Lithurgical Stoles representing LGBT people of faith. Dunedin, FL

Print Version

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 7:00 – 900 p.m.

Eric Dodds Chosen to Exhibit His Art in a Solo Show

Award-wining artist Eric Dodds’ series “Intimate Conflict: Nature and Wildlife Twenty Year Retrospective” was chosen for a solo art exhibition at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater Octagon Arts Center located at 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 7:00 – 900 p.m. The exhibit will run through Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri. 9 – 12. UUC:727-531-7704

An artist known for his figures, landscape, and wildlife paintings and photographs, Eric Dodds lives and creates his art in Largo, Florida and has been an artist there for more than 25 years. Mr. Dodds’ concern regarding the uncontrolled global population growth and its effect on climate change and habitat loss, as well as the overall destruction of the environment by man-made events is basic to understanding his art. The beauty of the Florida and Africa habitats portrayed is a reminder that human activities such as trophy hunting and the extraction of resources will have long term effects on these environments.

October 19 Saturday 9:30 am. Out of Darkness Walk - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. South Straub Park, St. Petersburg. Opening ceremonies at 10 am. The 2-3 mile walk begins at 10:30 along the downtown waterfront.

October 19, Saturday 1OAM TO 4PM



Pick up a map of participating artists at The Chattaway for the First Old Southeast Art Enclave Gallery Tour. Visit the different galleries in Old Southeast. Artists from the Old Southeast without Galleries will be on display for viewing and/or purchase at the Friends Meeting House. Refreshments will also be available from 10 AM - 4 PM. Restrooms will be available.


A one-woman show on 4 years in her life performed by GWENDA LYNN

Directed by James Rayfield

Part of the Meeting House Arts, Concerts & More Series

RESERVE TICKETS NOW AT FLFriendsEvents@gmail.com

Advance: General Admission - $15

Advance: Reserved Seats - $20

At The Door: All Seats - $25

(Cash and Checks accepted in payment on the day of the show. NO DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS, please)





Artist talkback following the performance


October 28, 6:30-8 PM Responsible Assertion Skills for Women workshop in the Annex offered by Linda Morganstein. The group will start and end on time. Everything said within the group, (except for the content of the workshop, of course) will be held in confidence.

The workshop will cover everything from the definitions of various forms of communication, to handling specific difficult situations, to actual practice of what we learn. There will be time for sharing experiences as well as asking questions. Donations will be collected each session for the benefit of the Meeting.

In order to be prepared, Lind will need to know how many women will be attending. (Email me BY OCT. 20 at lmorganstein@fastmail.fm. If you wish to bring a friend from outside the Meeting, that’s fine. The expectation is that you will commit to all three evenings, as it benefits the group tremendously.

Adventure awaits!

October 30, 6-8:15 p.m. Artificial Intelligence: Good or Evil?

Seminole Campus Conference Center

Headlines barrage us with warnings that artificial (e.g., robotics, automation, data analytics, deep learning, etc.) might just be evil. The fear is that it will destroy jobs, take over the economy, and diminish the role of human endeavor. Despite these alarms, there is evidence that dispels the evil myth of technology and builds a hopeful case for a promising future. Dr. Alex Beavers will discuss: (1) what is state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence, (2) where is it likely going, (3) what are the economic and technical realities of it, and (4) why we need more of it, not less. Includes dinner & program:

$25 Guests

$20 Students & Educators

Seating is limited and online registration is required.

Special Admission Opportunity for Current SPC Students.


Global Meeting for Worship (GMFW)

Eleventh Month - November

November 4 6:30-8 PM

Responsible Assertion Skills for Women workshop in the Annex - continued.

November 9, Saturday from 9:30-4 (9:00 AM check-in) including lunch

Quaker Gifts/Light/Perspectives for the Climate Crisis is being offered at the St. Petersburg Friends Meeting House, 130 - 19th Ave SE, St. Petersburg

The working theme for this interactive workshop includes elements of Alternatives to Violence Project, psychodrama, sociocracy, and magic! Then, on Sunday, November 10th, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM. The theatrical troupe "Bohn Jeverly" will perform a play from the 2019 Climate Change Theatre Action, to get us started at 12:30 PM. http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/ Followed by an opportunity for open discussion, reflections, follow-up questions, and concerns.

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Presenters


Mary Jo Klingel, Clerk of the QEW Steering Committee and attender of the Charlotte (NC) Friends Meeting; and

Beverly Ward, Southeast Yearly Meeting Field Secretary for Earthcare and QEW Steering Committee, and member of Tampa Friends Meeting.


Please E-Mail your registration to Susan Hefte <serenesusanhefte@gmail.com>

Register by November 5th so we will be able to purchase an appropriate amount for food. In your email, please state your name, contact information, and your local Meeting, if you attend one. If more than one person is on your registration, please include that additional information. For traveling f/Friends, please register for home hospitality no later than October 30th.

Free Will Donations will be requested at the time of the gathering to cover food and supply costs for the St. Petersburg Friends Meeting and, of course, to support the work of QEW.

Nov. 11 from 6:30-8 PM

Responsible Assertion Skills for Women workshop in the Annex - continued.

Friday, November 15th


presents: Michael Mann, PhD.

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, Penn State University

7:30 PM Shabbat Service (open to all)

8:15 PM lecture & Q/A

Temple Beth El

400 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Free & open to the public. Dessert reception to follow lecture (reservations welcome but not required)

For more info: Temple office (727) 347-6136 Print Version

November 28 through December 1, 2019

Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Half Yearly Meeting

A Family Friendly Event

Registration opens October 10th

Wekiwa Springs State Park - 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida

Half Yearly Meeting is a family friendly serendipitous 4 days over Thanksgiving weekend when Friends come together for good food and good company in Wekiwa Springs State Park. We have exclusive use of the Youth Camp, a natural setting with rustic cabins, ADA lodging, dining hall, kitchen, and conference hall.

Group activities include Thanksgiving dinner, preparing meals together, workshops, worship sharing, canoeing, hiking, swimming, bonfires, a ‘Talent’ Show, art, music, games and more. Friends bring their ideas, crafts, music, and games to share. There’s unprogrammed time for spontaneous activities, enjoying nature, and just relaxing.

Half of our activities focus on environmental education, a requirement for use of the Youth Camp. Wekiwa Springs State Park is an ideal setting encompassing 7800 acres of wild Florida at the headwaters of the Wekiva River with 19 distinct plant communities and an abundance of wildlife. [FUN FACT! “WekiWa” denotes the springs; “WekiVa” denotes the river.]

Field Secretary for EarthCare, Beverly Ward, will bring EarthCare resources, workshop and worship sharing topics, and activities to share. The troupe, Bohn Jeverly (Not to be missed!), will perform a play from the Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 Lighting the Way cycle. Interested in the plays? Contact Beverly Ward, fsearthcare@seymquakers.org.

Youth & Young Adult Coordinator Kody Hersh will be on hand to facilitate activities with kids, teens, and young adults, providing some “down time” for parents and sponsors.

Houston Cypress, Two-Spirit Poet, Artist, and Activist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe, and a Director of the Love the Everglades Movement, will be our featured speaker Saturday night. The Love the Everglades Movement works for the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem with a holistic focus on issues such as the urgency of cleaning up the water and respect for Miccosukee Sovereignty. The Movement integrates a Spiritual approach in its mission to educate and connect with as many people, communities, and organizations as possible.

Thanksgiving Dinner Half-Yearly Meeting kicks off with Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Here’s how it works:

Some Friends arrive early (2 pm) to cook the main meal * Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a vegetable are provided * Everyone else brings cold sides, desserts, bread, salads, vegetables, etc. Bring prepared dishes only – there’s no extra space in the kitchen * Community time in the dining hall is from 5-6 p.m. * Dinner is served at 6p.m. *

Meals We prepare all the meals ourselves – help out and get to know Friends from all over SEYM and have FUN!

Thanksgiving Dinner: $8/Adult, $4/Youth

Breakfast: $3/Adult, $2/Youth

Lunch: $5/Adult, $3/Youth

Dinner: $6/Adult, $3/Youth

Lodging The Wekiwa Youth Camp has group cabins. Unfortunately, we cannot use tents in this area. Families and friends are housed together as requested. Attenders 18-35 years old can opt to stay together in a "Young Adult" cabin. Gender-neutral housing and ADA compliant cabins are available. The Infirmary building has burned down, so there is limited availability of heated cabins with bathrooms.

Heated cabins (with private bath) $16.00 per night for Adults/$10.00 for Youth

Rustic cabins (no heat; bathhouse nearby) $12.00 per night for Adults/$8.00 for Youth

Day Use Only: $2.00 per day for Adults/Free for Youth

What to Bring

· Warm bedding, sheets, towels, pillows, toiletries –low temps at Thanksgiving averages 60°, but it can get cold!

· Appropriate shoes, outdoor clothes, sweater, jacket, coat

· Flashlight, water bottle, personal coffee mug or tea cup

· Games, craft supplies, toys, telescopes, binoculars

· Talents, story-telling, painting and other arts and crafts materials, musical instruments

Scholarships are available! PLEASE! don’t let money keep you from attending! Call or email Clerk, Jerry Knutson, to learn how SEYM can help as soon as possible (the earlier the better!). At the same time contact your Meeting to see how they can help. On the online registration form, check “Applying for Scholarship” and under “Payment Options” select “Pay at Check-In,” then submit your form.

Registration and details, go to: http://seymquakers.org/news-events/half-yearly-meeting/

HYM Clerk: Jerry Knutson · almostluddite@gmail.com • 407-595-4880

Registrar: Brian Olson • brianolson64@gmail.com • 305-582-3027

Food Coordinator: Caroline Kaufmann • kaufmanncl@msn.com • 412-496-2539

Youth HYM is an important time for SEYM youth to connect and have fun!

· Youth (under 18) registration fee is waived; pay only for food and lodging

· Must have a parent or adult sponsor if under 18

· Parents, Guardians, and Sponsors must supervise their own youth.

· Each Youth must bring a completed Parent or Guardian Consent & Release form to HYM.

Volunteer HYM Works Because Everyone Pitches In!!!

· Meal Preparation: to lead a meal team or help cook, email Caroline Kaufmann, Food Coordinator, kaufmanncl@msn.com. In the subject line put HYM Kitchen Volunteer

· Kitchen and Sunday Cleanup: everyone, please! Sign-up in the dining hall when you arrive.

· Discussion Sessions: lead a discussion about the environment, Quakerism, spirituality.

· Imagination Stations: bring anything that sparks creativity: crafts, games, outdoor games, science projects, etc.

· Talent Show: musical instruments, skits, or stories to share.

· Worship Sharing: set a time, bring some queries.

· Photographer: capture our memories then send your photos to the SEYM office, office@seym.org.

Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Biking Friends can enjoy the Wekiwa Springs swimming area during daylight hours.

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Third Month- March

Date TBA 8:30 AM-2:00 PM


Friends Meeting House (Quakers)

Inside Sale and Public Rest Rooms

DONATE any still sellable leftovers from your yard sale to benefit the Quakers’  work for peace and justice. 

We will pick up your “stuff” and include it in our sale  727-867-3933