Archived Activities 2019

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


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 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)

NINTH MONTH September 2019

September 29 (Sunday) 2 - 3:30 pm, Barnes & Noble, 2501 Tyrone Blvd., St Pete.

Book Chat Social about "Fight Like A Mother," Shannon Watts' story about the founding, and evolution of, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Books will be available for sale on site, with proceeds benefiting gun violence prevention efforts nationwide.

September 29 Cece and Harry will present after socialization (around 12:15 PM) at the St. Petersburg Friends Meeting House, 130 19th Avenue S.E. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT QUAKER OR WHO DO NOT ATTEND QUAKER MEETING, you are more than welcome to join us for this very timely and solution focused topic. Please pass on to others.

Friends Peace Teams: Cecilia Yocum and Harry Vanden

In this presentation we will give an overview of Friends Peace Teams with a concentration on the Peacebuilding en las Americas Initiative (PLA).

We will highlight the work of activists who are working to make their countries safer and more secure. A program currently being implemented is the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), which has been used in many countries or places with a history of violence. AVP is an experiential peace education program that focuses on analysis of personal and structural violence, community building, communication, affirmation, consensus building, and conflict transformation. We will demonstrate some of the exercises that have been developed in AVP workshops, including Trauma Healing/Resiliency which has been key in helping those affected by violence, especially women and indigenous groups. The following are some examples of groups we work with:

In Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, activists have been working in prisons and jails and with members of gangs in neighborhoods, as well as with police officers, to find new ways to live peacefully. Other groups involve working with indigenous groups who are trying to hold on to their ancestral lands, and women’s groups working for the rights of women in countries with the highest rates of murder (femicide) of women in the world.

In Colombia, AVP has been used with the reintegration of excombatants and community members, especially indigenous groups, after civil war. Recently we received a request from AVP facilitators in Nicaragua who are looking to revive their AVP program, especially in this time of national upheaval. One facilitator from El Salvador recently helped facilitate a mini AVP workshop and there are plans to provide more training, especially with trauma healing, at the request of the Nicaraguan facilitators.

Presenters: Cece Yocum (Tampa MM) has been a member of PLA, a working group of Friends Peace Teams for over ten years and has traveled to Guatemala and Colombia to visit our partner groups. Cece is also a prior member of the African Great Lakes Initiative.

Harry Vanden, PLA treasurer, will speak about his recent visit to Honduras and present a brief look at the political crisis in Central America.


September 21 2:00- 4:00 PM

International Day of Peace


Crescent Lake Park 22nd Ave & 7th St N We the People are marching to be seen and heard!


September 21, International Peace Day - The St Petersburg Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Peace Education booth at the Good With Me Festival 

10-4 at Williams Park in downtown St Petersburg. We need volunteers all day and especially from 2-4 to mind the booth, help fair goers make peace fans and take down the set-up at the end. Its always lots of fun visiting with the other Quakers in the booth and a good way for newcomers to meet people.

To sign up please e-mail Lynn Carol:

September 21, a last minute rally and march has been called at Crescent Lake Park from 11am-2 pm to coincide with the We the People Demo in Washington that day.  They need peace keepers to help with the marchers and have called on the Quakers to help. 
Please read this message from Candice Roberts. 317-225-3193 and if you can, give them some time in between your shift and/or visit with us at William’s Park. 

We The People March St. Petersburg FL is Recruiting 25 Volunteers for a 4 hour shift on September 21 to assist us in providing a positive, peaceful, rewarding and fun experience at the  The We the People March St. Petersburg.  

If you are interested in being part of this inaugural march that will become an ongoing nationwide movement, sign up by Sept 14 and you will receive written instructions and training a few days prior to the march.

Sign up: 

Check-In Location:  NW corner of Crescent Lake Park (22nd Ave and 7th St.)

Shift:  10:45AM to 2:45 PM

As a We The People March volunteer, your role will include:

  • Helping create positivity and high energy 

  • Greeting participants ,  lead songs and chants

  • Being stationed along the march route to ensure permit requirements are followed (such as staying on sidewalk and allowing space for pedestrians)

  • Guiding people safely across intersecting streets, alleys and entrances to businesses

  • identifying and reporting potential issues (e.g. medical, safety) to designated contact person

  • Helping leave the route and park as we found it


September 20-27

Newly Established Florida Chapter of Elders Climate Action

Elders Climate Action (ECA),, has launched a Florida chapter! Elders Climate Action is a virtual community raising the voice of the elders and youth in community organizations and legislative bodies. The conveners are Sue Blythe and Maxine Lobel. (Friends may be familiar with Sue Blythe from Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network activities.)

ECA hopes to expand the climate conversation in Florida, beginning with support of the Week of Climate Action, 20-27 Ninth Month (September),

Other resources include:

  • 17 and 24 Ninth Month (September), Training for Elders Promote the Vote partnership with the Environmental Voters Project (EVP),;

  • Amplifying Elders Voice in other organizations we are already involved with,; and

  • Creating a vision for the new chapter (See contact information below).

Sue Blythe is hosting an introduction to Elders Climate Action, Florida Chapter on Facebook Live! Tune in on Friday, 13 Ninth Month at 6:00 pm Eastern at The recorded video can be viewed any time after that.

Elders Climate Action is a project of the Elders Action Network,


Sue Blythe,

Maxine Lobel,

Third Month March



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

Archived Activities 2018

First Month -January 2018

Dec.1- Jan.14 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day of

Service Food Pantry Drop-off Site; partnership with

Everyday Heroes Project –bring non-perishables  

Jan. 11 2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM)  Theme: Gratitude

Jan. 15  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade   

Jan.  21    Women’s March Rally in Williams Park

Quaker table—distribute  literature on Quakers,

Women’s Rights and  Non-Violence;  make posters  

Second Month - February 

Feb 2 and 3 St. Petersburg Meeting is hosting the

Friends General Conference Executive Committee.

All welcome to the Friday  evening program.

Feb. 8   2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM )  Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7-8:30 PM)

Theme: Love- bring poetry to share

Feb.13 Coalition Against Gun Violence Night 6:30 PM Allendale United Methodist Church 3803 Haines Rd N    Quakers sharing table with League of Women Voters literature about Quakers, guns  and non-violence,             postcard writing about upcoming legislation

Third Month - March

March 8  International Women’s Day action

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6 PM ) Women’s  

& Men’s Group Meetings (7-8:30 P M) Theme: TBA

March 17 Quarterly Meeting

Gathering of Tampa, St Petersburg, Sarasota,

Clearwater and Lake Wales Meetings

March 28-Apr. 1 Southeast Yearly Meeting

Gathering of Quakers in FL plus others in the SE

Fourth Month - April

April 7 Old Southeast Community Yard Sale 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

April 14POTLUCK ON THE PATIO, FRIENDS BRING A FRIEND. This will be a festive occasion with cloth tablecloths, centerpieces, candles, strung lights in the trees,,,⭐️, a little music....Gather at 5:30, eat at 6pm. 

Menu:  Chicken salad with pineapple and pecans, lettuce, tender croissants, potato salad.  Coffee, tea, and lemonade.  You may BYOB of choice. **We need dishes to round out the menu such as veggies, salads, sides, and desserts.**

April 21 - Society of Friends (Quaker) Tent at the Earth Day Festival on April 21st in Williams Park,  Downtown St. Petersburg FL.  350  2nd Ave N.
We will have peace flags, buttons and bumper stickers, literature and an 2 inter-generational participatory art projects: 

  • The Tree of All Life Project

  • The All Natural Mother Earth Mandala

  • Lots of Friendly folks will be there to visit and share information about Quaker projects to clean up hazardous waste, promote sustainable manufacturing and renewable energy and save the wild places from pipelines, mining and the like.Quaker contingent at the 2018 Pride Parade and Street Fest

“As I am reviewing my photos of our Quaker contingent at the 2018 Pride Parade, I am astonished again at the sheer exuberance of the lovely creative bunch of wacky folks we have here in St. Petersburg! Just when I am about to fall into terminal seriousness, I get re-inspired by the playful, abandoned joy of people just partying. Even the screaming (cheering?) at the end reminded me to “celebrate anyway!” ~Lynn Carol Henderson

St. Petersburg Students March To Honor Columbine

By Lynn Carol Henderson

On April 20, 2018 six Quakers carrying our Quakers Unite Against Gun Violence Signs joined about 200 students and adult supporters for the National Student Walkout to demonstrate against gun violence and commemorate the victims of the Columbine High School Massacre on April 20, 1999.

From the school campus we  then chanted and marched for 2 miles to City Hall for a rally on the steps where Mayor Kriseman and Representative Charlie Christ welcomed us and then turned the podium over to the students. There were original music performances and speeches with many of the students carrying Lynn Carol’s colorful hand painted signs.

After the cheering and the pizza supplied by the St. Petersburg Women’s March, the students continued the event with a march around the corner to the Supervisor of Elections Office to register to vote.  We went away filled with gratitude and admiration for these smart and determined young people.

We are holding them in the Light!

March 24 March For Our Lives

Quakers In St. Petersburg Support March For Our Lives Pinellas County, A Rally And March To End Gun Violence At Poynter Park

Our Quaker Outreach booth was located at Poynter Park on Bayboro Harbor across from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus. Quakers supported both the cause and the process of protesting. It's especially important to us to continue the work after the march. Be sure to vote!

We were proud to support this student-led event. We support sensible gun legislation. Participants of all ages at the march. During the March 24 March for Our Lives Rally, participants signed several banners that had already been set out at other demonstrations in the last month to honor the survivors at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.


Fifth Month - May

Earth Day table & interactive art project

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Sixth Month - June

Pride March and table

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Seventh Month - July

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Eighth Month - August

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Ninth Month - September

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Tenth Month - October

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Saturday, October 20 Circus McGurkis (10am - 4pm)

  • Gibbs High School


Letter to The Tampa Bay Times and other publications regarding the mass-shootings Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburg, PA.  

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The St. Petersburg Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) mourns with the families of the bereaved and holds in our hearts the recovery of those injured in the October 27th attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.  We stand in solidarity with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and all of our Jewish neighbors and friends. We hold you in the Light as we grieve with you.

Our Quaker testimonies ask us to live a life that demonstrates alternatives to violence and support others who share in efforts to create peaceful communities. We share the suffering of each community whose hearts have been broken by the many killings of the past years.

We offer our love and support to all who have been victimized and to all who resist the bullying tactics of those who use fear and hate to generate anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, homophobia and persecution of the marginalized and impoverished. 

 As we search for ways to let our lives speak, Friends do not believe that hate and violence in our communities can be prevented by surrounding ourselves with more security forces and more easily available weapons. Our testimonies call upon us to counter the darkness by seeking the light within that unites everyone; to move beyond differences to build bridges with our neighbors. We offer tenderness in this time of sorrow and alliance in the ongoing struggle to counter in word and deed the virulent messages of those who would divide us.


Eleventh Month – November

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Twelfth Month - December

2nd Thursday Quaker Café (dinner 6:00 PM) Women’s and Men’s Group Meetings (7 -8:30 PM) at the Meeting House

Archived Activities 2017

Jan. 21 Women’s March

Second Month -February, 2017

Feb. 10-11 Edward Larrabee Clerking Workshop

Third Month-March

Mar. 8 International Women’s Day  RESIST: Giant

Human Letters &candlelight service, St. Pete Beach

Fourth Month-April, 2017

April 12-16 Southeast Yearly Meeting Gathering

 Quaker Meetings in Florida plus others in the SE

April 22 Earth Day: Tree of Life 

Sixth Month - June, 2017

Jun.3 Moms Demand Sensible Gun Laws: Giant

Human Peace Sign and drone, table & postcards

Jun.16 Gay Pride Parade Jun.17 Pride Quaker table

Seventh Month-July, 2017

July 20 LWV silent auction, interactive art

installation and postcard writing campaign

Ninth Month - September, 2017

Sept.30 Quarterly Gathering with Laughter Yoga

 Tenth Month - October, 2017

Oct. 15 Gulfport Family Day table: Mask-making and Family Tree of all Life

Oct.14, 21, 28 Nov.4  Tables at Sat. Morning Market

advertising Circus McGurkis, selling

Circus T-Shirts, buttons and bumper stickers

Eleventh Month November, 2017

Nov. 11  Circus McGurkis the People’s Peace and Justice Fair

Twelfth Month - December, 2017

Dec. 3 and 4 Wreath Making Workshop and Sale