We are living in rapidly changing times, facing challenges of monumental proportion: a global pandemic, climate change and related ecological disasters, and institutional racism and violence. These challenges are connected and we cannot address any one of them without addressing all of them. What can we learn from our experience with Covid19, and how does that inform our response to climate change? How do privilege and institutional barriers create disproportionate impacts from both a pandemic and ecological crises? What happens when we open ourselves to kinship with nature and each other? What can we do?
Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness will lead us in a discussion about these issues. Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address ecological and social crises from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies, including continuing revelation. Shelley is an environmental scientist with a focus on air quality. She has served as staff and a board member of QEW, Quaker Institute for the Future, Earthlight Magazine and many other non-profit organizations
Please join Columbia Friends and Shelley Tanenbaum for a Second Hour Program on November 22 nd at 11:30 to discuss the interconnectedness of all of the major problems facing us in 2020 and how we can respond to them.
The Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association is composed of its constituent monthly meetings, preparative meetings, and worship groups. All members and attenders of these bodies have both the privilege and responsibility to participate in keeping the affairs of the yearly meeting in good order.
The yearly meeting exists to support its constituents as they seek in the manner of Friends to live out their lives according to God’s leadings. SAYMA Faith & Practice, p.25, 2012 revision
The Finance committee’s primary responsibility each year is creating and managing the annual budget. Between January and early March, Finance requests input from SAYMA committees, Monthly Meetings (MMs), and individuals in positions of responsibility within SAYMA. The committee then develops an annual budget taking this input into account. With the seasoning of Representatives meeting in March, as well as the input of all who come together at Yearly Meeting (YM) in June (both cancelled in 2020), the proposed budget is discussed, amended and approved. The annual budget has a fiscal year (FY) of October 1 – September 30.
Based on the foundation of Mutual Aid, “solidarity, not charity, and a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable….with people jumping in to participate because they want to change what is going on right now” (Big Door Brigade).
How does it work?
Nelly Jolley, Richland 2 Outreach Worker Coordinator- originates from Ecuador and has over a decade of experience connecting Latinx families in Richland 2 to basic resources;
Ana Reyes, Tienda Latina Pasa Bien Co-owner
Deborah Billings, Mutual Aid Midlands Community members commit to providing $25 per week to purchase groceries for a partner family. Contributions sent via Venmo to the Tienda so that all funds can be accounted for in a streamlined way.
The Tienda prepares packages that contain foods that are familiar to families and offer high nutritional content, including corn tortillas, masa flour (corn flour to make tortillas), beans, rice, fruits and vegetables, spices (e.g. cilantro), coffee, cheese (queso fresco) made by a community member, three dozen eggs!
The Tienda drives the bags in a refrigerated van to pre-defined distribution points located directly in the communities where families live. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are followed at all times. Physical distancing is practiced while people wait in line to receive their
package (1 per family). Volunteers who distribute the packages wear masks.