Clearwater Friends Meeting
We are reading two books by Robert D. Lupton to inform our giving and charitable work: Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), Harper Collins, 2011; and Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results, Harper Collins, 2015. We plan to discuss them at a gathering in July. Date to be announced. Peter Day will guide the conversation.
Worship sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation.
As a Meeting we have been addressing the matter of Moral Injury. Now, a national publication embraces this critical conversation with an article by the writer Peter Van Buren. His article addressing Moral Injury in the Nation, May 2017, can be found at this web address: https://www.thenation.com/article/who-pays-the-moral-price-of-war/
On 1st Day, May 14, we celebrated Mother's Day with Meeting for Worship; and then with "after thoughts" we shared stories, memories and emotions about our mothers and mothering in our lives. This was also our day to send off Friends who will be spending late spring and summer months in the North and Northwest. Warm greetings travel with them to their famlies and Meetings.
Benjamin B. Ferencz is a Hungarian born American lawyer, who, at age 97, is the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive. He has a special message for the world in this May 7, 2017 interview on CBS 60 Minutes. "War," he says, "makes murderers of otherwise decent people." And for all those concerned with peace, he says, "It takes courage not to be discouraged."
Friends and Attenders from Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg Meetings met with Shahra Anderson, the regional representative for Senator Bill Nelson, at St. Petersburg Meeting on May 3, 2017. Discussion among the fifteen participants focused on the federal military budget with a concern that there be no increased military spending and that those resources instead by used to promote peace and to support improvements to the general health and welfare.