News & Announcements
How one 18th century man helped Quakers bring an end to their enslaving others: read the story of Benjamin Lay as presented in the September 2017 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. Find it here:
Inspired by "The Kindness Rocks Project" our young people and members of Meeting have been painting rocks. Here are the rules, according to the website at http://thekindnessrocksproject.com/
GOAL #1: INSPIRE OTHERS THROUGH RANDOMLY PLACED ROCKS ALONG THE WAY…
GOAL #2: RECRUIT EVERY PERSON WHO STUMBLES UPON IT TO JOIN IN THE PURSUIT OF INSPIRING OTHERS THROUGH RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
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.
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/
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.