On August 29th, 2017, we received a message from Liz Yeats, the Clerk of South Central Yearly Meeting (SCYM), regarding Friends and Quaker meetings that are located in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. She writes: “So far Friends in SCYM affected by Harvey are in safe places, no one has suffered injury and are working hard to take care of one another and others…no meeting houses have been harmed. Coastal Bend Friends meet in rented space.”
Welcoming Friends support the meeting community in warmly and effectively engaging newcomers. For many newcomers, obtaining a working understanding of Quaker faith and practice requires immersion in a community that is spiritually grounded, open, and inviting.
Welcoming Friends are aware of and sensitive to issues of bias, racism, and other divisions that can be barriers to full participation in our meetings and our society.