On-going Opportunities with
CFM’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee
1. Prison Visitation and Support (PVS) – Friends visit inmates at Manning Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield once a month as part of this Friend program.
2. Mass Incarceration – CFM held a public screening of the documentary “The New Jim Crow.”
3. Capital Punishment – Held a Second Hour program.
Hunger & Homelessness
1. “Food Not Bombs/People’s Picnic” – Each fourth First Day, Friends and Young Friends prepare and then serve food at the Finlay Park event.
2. Harvest Hope Food Bank- We gather and deliver food donations monthly and volunteer in the food pantry.
3. Transitions (Homeless Recovery Center) – Friends help serve supper the fourth Saturday of each month (with the “Food Not Bombs” group) to clients transitioning out of homeless situations.
1. Peace Vigil – For 26 years CFM has held a Peace Vigil on August 6th, the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.
2. Women in Black – Every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm, Friends stand in solidarity with others in front of the Statehouse to proclaim peace instead of war.
3. Alternatives to Violence Project – South Carolina (AVP-SC) – Friends are active on steering committee and CFM offers facilities for workshops and meetings.
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)
1. CFM is a member of the Midlands Green Congregation Initiative and on the meetinghouse property offers a car-charging unit; a garden committee works at creating a sustainable garden plot, orchard, and green space; and there are plans for solar energy panels on the property.
1. Racial Justice – Activities include showing of “The New Jim Crow”.
2. Refugees – Friends are active with the Refugee Task Force created by Carolina Peace Resource Center.
Nuclear and Energy Issues
1. Friends follow many aspects of the nuclear presence in the state.
2. Fossil fuel industry concerns include the current Dakota Access Pipeline issue.
CFM supports the work of these and other organizations:
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
Friends Peace Teams
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)
Alternatives to Violence Project – South Carolina (AVP-SC)
South Carolina Christian Action Council (SCCAC)
Upstate Friends Meeting (Quaker) located in Spartanburg County, SC, unites in the belief that the United States of America and the state of SC should fulfill international obligations to accept and assist refugees fleeing war and violence, such as those fleeing war torn Syria at this time.
We accept that there should be a screening process, but ask policy makers and citizens to remember that these families and individuals are victims of terrorism, and fleeing violence, not the perpetrators of terrorism. There is a Biblical imperative to ‘welcome the stranger’ and all major faiths have some version of the Golden Rule. Clearly if our homes had been destroyed and we were at grave risk in our own country, we would want and expect to be welcomed and housed, so we should act out of compassion and not fear.
Our hope is that the state of SC will reject legislation that creates a government registry of any group of legal residents including refugees and will reject legislation that imposes special restrictions or penalties on faith or civic groups that attempt to aid those in need.
We oppose the adoption of a strict liability standard, which would impose liability without a finding of fault.
AVP was developed in New York State in 1974, after the Attica riots, through collaboration between the Quaker community and inmates of the New York State prison system. They developed the format, exercises and methodology, which make the workshops such an effective process. AVP has a spiritual base but promotes no religious doctrine. We believe there is a power for peace in everyone which, if we are open to it, can transform violent situations. We call this Transforming Power.
Basic workshops, (Dec. 12-14 2014) introduces the concepts, principles, and tools of nonviolent conflict resolution and Transforming Power. Once a participant has completed a Basic workshop, s/he is free to participate in the 2nd level, advanced workshop.
Advanced workshops (tentatively scheduled for Jan 9-11 2015) promote a deeper look at aspects of violence such as stereotyping, power, fear, and anger. They may also focus on related topics such as gender issues and forgiveness. They build upon our collective experience in communication, cooperation and problem solving.
Training for Trainers (tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6-8 2015) is offered to those who have completed a Basic and at least one Advanced workshop and are interested in becoming AVP facilitators.
Workshops typically consist of 15 – 20 participants. Experiential in nature, the workshops employ a dynamic, hands-on learning process that promotes personal reflection and support for and from others. Using a variety of exercises, games, discussions, and role-plays, a community of trust is built where participants are encouraged to explore and practice basic conflict resolution skills that provide a foundation for living nonviolently. Four major themes run throughout the workshops:
The acknowledgement of self-worth and the valuing of others provide the motivation for any nonviolent solution to be successfully implemented.
The skills of working with others to achieve a win/win solution provide a positive alternative to the win/lose attitude.
The use of good listening skills and assertive communication is essential to a nonviolent conflict resolution
True concern for self and others leads to creative problem solving and moves us away from violence and toward peace.
Registration deadline: Dec. 1, 2014
The AVP Mission
The Alternatives to Violence Project is a multi-cultural organization of volunteers offering experiential workshops that empower people to lead nonviolent lives through self affirmation, respect for others, community building, cooperation and trust. AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others, with groups in communities and sometimes prisons.
Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.
In order to satisfactorily complete a workshop and receive a certificate, participants should plan to attend the entire length of all sessions and complete all work assignments
Who Should Attend?
- Social Workers
- Law Enforcement workers
- Community Volunteers
- Anyone interested in solving problems peacefully
December 12-14, 2014
The Columbia Meeting of the Society of Friends
120 Pisgah Church Road
Columbia, SC 29203
2019 Friends for Tidying up
January – Joanne
February – George
March – Parrie
April – Nicole
May – Lori’s Family
June – Cassandra
July – Joanne
August – Margie
September – Parrie
October – George
November – Michael M
2020 Friends for Tidying up
At Columbia’s new meeting house we are growning vegetables, fruit and flowers. Near the entrance, our butterfly garden offers a colorful welcome.
Send contributions or other postal mail for Columbia Friends Meeting to:
Columbia Friends Meeting
P.O. Box 1832
Columbia, SC 29202
Mail is not received at the street address (120 Pisgah Church Road). If you use this address your mail may become lost.
We are glad Mr. Minolfo has noted our Vigils for Peace in the past and are not sure why he no longer sees us on Whiskey Road (“Where Have All the Protesters Gone?” May 18).¬ We are there in heat, cold, rain and snow – as we have been since 2004 and will continue to be, through Republican and Democratic administrations, until these wars are ended. A couple of years ago we moved our vigils from Wednesdays to the first and third Mondays of each month. Perhaps Mr. Minolfo doesn’t drive by there on Mondays, which would explain why he no longer sees us.