Clearwater Friends Meeting
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.
Each year our members and attenders meet to discuss the Spiritual State of the Meeting in response to questions suggested by Southeastern Yearly Meeting. All SEYM Meetings participate in this process.
From the Friends Committee on National Legislation:
Every day, we at FCNL hear the same question from people around the country: “what can I do to change what’s happening in the world?” And, our 75 years on Capitol Hill have shown us the answer: you can lobby!
According to congressional staff, Constituent lobby visits are the most effective way to influence the policy decisions of members of Congress. If you’ve been calling your members of Congress’ offices and are ready to take the next step, this is your opportunity.
Common Courtesy Is a Small Step Toward Racial Healing
Commentary by Roy Peter Clark