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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind.

 PRAYER FOR A PANDEMIC:  May we who are simply inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.  May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.  May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.  May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.  May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.  May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those that have no margin at all.  May we who settle in for a shelter-in at home remember those who have no home.  As fear grips our country, let us choose love.  During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.  Amen.  (Author Unknown)

June 16, 2020

We, the Live Oak Friends Meeting of Salinas, are grieved and outraged by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor; the racially motivated killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.  As Quakers, we are guided by the values of equality, peace and community.

We issue you a Call to Action to peoples of all faiths for substantial reforms to policing, to include the following:

Unjustified police violence and homicides, most recently Mr. George Floyd’s senseless murder by four members of the Minneapolis Police, must end.

We must return to Community-Oriented Policing. Serving and protecting the people must be based on the philosophy of  "full service personalized policing, where the same officer patrols and works in the same area on a permanent basis, from a decentralized place, working in a proactive partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems.” (Bertus Ferreira). 

 We encourage establishment of citizen-police review panels to assist departments’ adherence to policy by using modern tools of data collection and analysis (e.g., use-of-force incidents), effective communications and accountability. Police departments’ commitment to such oversight panels will ensure safe and satisfying policing in our neighborhoods.

 We encourage the creation of a national database of individual police abuse, so that abusive officers cannot be rehired by another police jurisdiction.

 We must demilitarize police forces by divesting military-grade equipment assets (armored troop carriers, sound cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets, etc.) that have been supplied by the Pentagon, with Federal monetary incentives to use.

 We must immediately discontinue “police exchanges,” for the purpose of training, with Israel, China and other countries that use brutal means to suppress peaceful demonstration.

We must increase police training in skills to de-escalate volatile situations, use alternatives to lethal force, and eliminate racist policing.

 It is time to review Police Department budgets, to allocate more monies to retraining of police, and to consider moving some of police funds to programs for social services, education, healthcare, and youth.

 Please join us in taking effective action by contacting your local, state and national officials to ask for these reforms.

 Sincerely,

 Jeffrey Richman, Clerk

 Live Oak Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)                                                                                 

 Salinas, California                                                                                         

                                                                                                

                                                                                             

 

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DURING THE PERIOD OF SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, LIVE OAK FRIENDS MEETING HAS SUSPENDED MEETING AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE SHELTER IN PLACE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY 2020, AND PERHAPS LONGER.  WE ARE OFFERING ONLINE MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL WE CAN SAFELY RETURN TO MEET IN PERSON AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE "CONTACT US" BUTTON (ABOVE) TO FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN OUR SUNDAY ONLINE MEETING FOR WORSHIP.

Live Oak Meeting normally meets on the first and third Sunday of each month.  We meet for discussion at 9:45 am and for worship at 11:00 am.  We follow worship with a pot luck lunch to which all are welcome.  Meeting for Business follows the pot luck on First Sundays.

What's New

Legislative Priorities for the 117th Congress

By General Committee, November 15, 2020

Since the early days of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), God’s spirit has led Friends to be a prophetic witness and to take action in the world.

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Our FCLCA 2020 Impact Report is now online and I thought you might enjoy reading about some positive developments that came out of the recent legislative session. 

Despite the challenging conditions of this unusual year, FCLCA was able to help make some positive progress for our state - that's because people like you cared and contributed in so many ways. Thank you!

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Mobilize, Organize, Register, and Educate People for a Movement That Votes!

People across California are coming together to organize our moral outrage against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism into a powerful moral fusion movement that votes! 

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For more information on COP26:   http://fwcc.world/

Quaker Conversation session 8    'How do we seize the moment to protect God's creation and life on earth'.

 

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Grounded in God

by Mark Wadja

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DURING THE PERIOD OF SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, LIVE OAK FRIENDS MEETING HAS SUSPENDED MEETING AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE SHELTER IN PLACE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY 2020, AND PERHAPS LONGER.  WE ARE OFFERING ONLINE MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL WE CAN SAFELY RETURN TO MEET IN PERSON AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE "CONTACT US" BUTTON (ABOVE) TO FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN OUR SUNDAY ONLINE MEETING FOR WORSHIP.

Live Oak Meeting normally meets on the first and third Sunday of each month.  We meet for discussion at 9:45 am and for worship at 11:00 am.  We follow worship with a pot luck lunch to which all are welcome.  Meeting for Business follows the pot luck on First Sundays.