Minute Regarding Christchurch New Zealand

Minute on Christchurch, New Zealand

Palmetto Friends Gathering (Religious Society of Friends) on the 16th day of the third month of year 2019 of the Common Era:


To the people of New Zealand, we wish to express our deepest sorrow for the horrific crimes against our Muslim sisters and brothers in Christchurch.

We invite all who receive this Minute to join us in taking up our collective responsibility for committing ourselves to offer bigotry no sanction and persecution no comfort; to tear down the walls of fear, suspicion, and exclusion.


Her Majesty the Queen
Buckingham Palace
United Kingdom
(Cover letter tbi)

The Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Parliament Buildings
Private Bag 18041
Wellington 6160
New Zealand
(Cover letter tbi)

Michael Winter or current Clerk
Christchurch Monthly Meeting
217 Ferry Rd.
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

Friends Journal
(waiting for response to inquiry on submission guidelines)


Christchurch Islamic Centre
Lincoln Road Christchurch
New Zealand

Musalla UC
Kreyke Road Christchurch
New Zealand

PFG Epistle 2018

                                                          Palmetto Friends Gathering
                                                          @ Columbia Friends Meeting
                                                          120 Pisgah Church Road
                                                          Columbia, South Carolina

                                                          Third Month, 18th 2018

To Friends Everywhere,

Palmetto Friends Gathering met at Columbia Friends Meeting in South Carolina on March 16, 17 and 18th. Our theme was “The Good Samaritan- Nonviolence in Action: Loving Thy Neighbor. Elijah Miles, youth program director welcomed 9 young people aged 3 to 19 with art, poetry and music activities focusing on the Gathering theme. Chuck Fager shared thoughts and reminiscences about the life of SC educator Martha Schofield of Aiken during Reconstruction, and about Martin Luther King Jr. during the Selma March in 1965. Toni Rockwell nourished Friends with many healthy food choices at meals.

          Friends plan to strengthen ties among meetings and work with the intention to create a more welcoming and nurturing environment for Young Friends and their families as they are the future of our Society, locally and at large. Jim Henderson will carry a Minute of Travel to the upcoming Piedmont Friends Fellowship and Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting. We look forward to next year’s Gathering, our 30th, on March 15, 16 and 17 2019.

Approved Third Month 18th, 2018
Mailing address for 2019 Gathering: c/o Five Rivers Friends,
P.O. Box 1746, Conway SC 29528

What is Palmetto Friends Gathering?

Palmetto Friends Gathering is a fellowship of Quaker meetings in South Carolina that follows the unprogrammed manner of worship. The meetings include Aiken Worship Group, Charleston Monthly Meeting, Columbia Monthly Meeting, Five Rivers Monthly Meeting, and Greenville Monthly Meeting. Unprogrammed meetings traditionally meet in silence until someone in the group rises to speak, usually for a short message. After a period of about an hour, the clerk of the meeting closes the silent worship by welcoming everyone. People then greet each other, announcements are made, and people visit, return home, or continue with subsequent planned activities.

The Gathering meets annually each Spring for a weekend of worship, programs, and fellowship. The location of the gathering moves around the state from year to year.


Christian Action Council Statement on Nuclear Weapons Production

Faithful Security: a Faithful Response to the Complex 2030 Proposal

The administration’s plan to develop new nuclear weapons must be stopped. Under the “Complex 2030” plan, up to 125 new plutonium pits would be produced every year, posing a threat to public health and creation. In addition, the renovation of the nuclear weapons complex is expected to cost upwards of $150 billion dollars. It is immoral to spend our resources on unnecessary weapons when there are so many other human needs left unmet. We should partner with other nations to eliminate nuclear weapons—not build more! Join thousands of religious Americans who oppose nuclear weapons in perpetuity by singing the statement below.

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Wateree Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

This meeting was laid down (disbanded) many years ago, but is of historic significance.

Camden, South Carolina was the sight of the Wateree Meeting and has a Quaker cemetery. A marker in the cemetery shows the location of the meeting house. There are a number of Quaker graves, nameless in the early tradition of Friends.

Camden's legend of the Catawba chief Haiglar who helped the Quaker settlers in 1753, is commemorated with a life-sized weather vane. The original is housed in the Camden Archives and Museum at 1314 Broad Street, (803)-425-6050, and a replica stands atop a store on Broad Street. The Archives is a popular stop for genealogical researchers.


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