Friends across the Palmetto State really just Columbia and Aiken have started connecting together through zoom for their gatherings on Sunday. Faith and Practice by joining community and having fellowship together.
In one of our next zoom gatherings. Friends will discuss our First Day program on Membership. Aaron Crosman will discuss his views on growing up Quaker and the process of becoming a member. There will be plenty of time for discussion and answering questions. Hope to see you there!
Join us on zoom Sundays at 10:00 am for silence and 11:00 for fellowship and discussions.
Please join Columbia Friends and Brad Stocker for a Second Hour Program on December 20th at 11:30 to become more mindful of the way silence influences our care for the Earth.
Do not break the silence unless you can improve upon it.”
– William Ralph Inge.
We often mistakenly assume silence is the absence of sound and there is hardly ever a time that is so. It has been said that hearing is the last sense to die and so, we are encouraged to speak to those in a coma or near death. In this workshop we will explore silence in some of its varieties of uses and abuses. We will aim to become more mindful about how silence is functioning in our lives and effects our care for Earth.
Brad Stocker, Ed.D. was a professor at Miami Dade College. Brad served on the Council of the Earth Ethics Institute at the college for 20 years. He has a post- doctoral certificate in Ecology and Human Spirit and has been designing, developing, and teaching Earth Literacy workshops and courses since 1992. He is a member of Miami Friends Meeting and Quaker Earthcare Witness.
Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of North American Friends and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.
Brad encourages everyone interested in QEW to consider signing up for the following publications:
BeFriending Creation. Quaker Earthcare Witness publishes a quarterly journal, BeFriending Creation, that reports and celebrates what Friends and Friends Meetings and organizations are doing and saying about the global crisis in ecological sustainability.
Many of you have heard about the proposed Dominion rate increase of 7.7%. As Tom Clements said in an Op Ed for the Lexington County Chronicle, Bonus section “During night hearings the week of Nov. 9, 2020, dozens of ratepayers voiced strong objection to the proposed rate hike. Comments came not only from average customers but also from former SCE&G employees and elected officials such as Sens. Tom Young, Shane Massey and Mia Mc-Cloud, all Dominion ratepayers. During the 3 live-streamed public hearings, ratepayers presented well- reasoned arguments against granting the rate hike. The bulk of those testifying in 3-minute oral comments cited financial hardships, which was heart-wrenching to hear as many of our fellow citizens, especially the elderly and those on fixed incomes, are suffering. Many voiced opposition to a rate hike during the covid-19 economic chaos…”
Governor McMaster has also voiced strong opposition to the rate increase and has recommended that Dominion withdraw their request. See the following from his letter to Dominion:
If Dominion is not willing to withdraw its application, it should, at a minimum, seek the parties’ consent and the PSC’s approval to suspend, stay, or otherwise pause further proceedings in the midst of the present pandemic. In the event that Dominion plans to proceed with seeking the PSC’s approval of its requested rate increase, please know that I will ask the PSC to reject Dominion’s application in its current form.
Dominion and formal intervenors will have their say to the PSC during a hearing in January, 2021 but for now us members of the public can keep submitting comments for the official record.
Comments into the formal proceeding – Application of Dominion Energy South Carolina, Incorporated for Adjustment of Rates and Charges, Docket 2020-125-E – can be submitted via mail and email. Even if brief, comments by the public are important.
You can send in comments, with the docket number noted in your message, to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina, 101 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100 Columbia, SC 29210, to the email address [email protected] or you can download a protest letter from the PSC website: