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Zoom link for Hiroshima & Nagaski vigil

Melissa Travis Dunham
 

Friends,

If you would like to join tonight's vigil in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki via internet, the Zoom link information is below.

The vigil begins at 6pm at the Peace Pole in front of the Friends Center for Racial Justice (FCRJ). This is a yearly tradition for Ithaca Friends and others. This year is especially significant since it marks 75 years since the bombings happened.

Melissa Travis Dunham

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Family Devotionals: LAST WEEK, but with More to Come in the Future

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

I am including a note from Emily Provance with this schedule, which includes information about their upcoming break and a  FDS program that all young Friends are welcome to attend.

Gina


Dear Friends,

 

This will be the last week of family devotionals for a little while . . . but we’re pretty sure we’ll be back.  It’s been truly precious developing a community with all of you, and I’ve been grateful for the regular touchstone.  That said, after quite a bit of discernment, it’s become clear that it’s time for a few weeks’ rest.

 

My hope is that we’ll gather together again first thing in November, when the days are growing shorter and colder in the northern hemisphere.  And I’ll send one message to this group in September and one in October, passing along resources and opportunities that might be of interest to you.  (I don’t want to spam anyone with lots of messages, but I also want to make sure you have access to opportunities that are available.)  

 

In that vein, here are two opportunities to connect across geography and yearly meetings if you are interested in programming for children and their families. 

Some of you have told me that your home Quaker meetings currently have no programming for families of any kind.  If you’re seeking a weekly group to be with, here’s one: West Chester Meeting in Philadelphia YM (where Melinda is a member) welcomes all to join their Children's Meeting on Sundays 10:00-10:30 AM Eastern time. If you're interested in receiving the weekly email to families that describes each Sunday's program and shares the Zoom link, please reach out to Melinda: mwennerbradley@...

Also, September through December, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will offer a monthly "Giant Children's Meeting" on Zoom, gathering Friends far and wide for a 45 minute program. You don’t have to be part of Philadelphia YM.  More information will be shared on the PhYM website: https://www.pym.org/religious-education/

 

With much love,

 

Emily

 

*** 

 

THE LINKS

 

Monday, August 10

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/98441561005 

Tuesday, August 11

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/97442193729

7:00pm EST with Melinda Wenner Bradley - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/700349436

 

Wednesday, August 12

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/99525742497

 

Thursday, August 13

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/93028916571

7:00pm EST with Melinda Wenner Bradley - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/700349436

                                                                                                                                                                                          

Friday, August 14

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/99306543078

Beth Jolles Notice in Ithaca Journal

Pat Sewell
 

Friends, this weekend's Ithaca Journal (8/8) contained an obituary for Beth Jolles. The link is here, however, I have had a very difficult time navigating the Journal online so I will also paste the text below. 

Beth H. Jolles

Ithaca - Beth H. Jolles, 75 of Ithaca, NY died peacefully at home July 31, 2020. She was born on February 27, 1945 in Spencer, WV, the daughter of the late Larry & Millie Ostrye of Parkersburg, WV. She was a graduate of Muskingum College, New Concord, OH. Beth worked for Tompkins County Department of Social Services for 27 years and held a series of roles revolving around the protection of children.

She was a lifetime Girl Scout serving in various volunteer and professional capacities. She was known as "Mama Beth" to family and friends near and far. Her biggest enjoyment in life was spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Beth was the epitome of generosity through out her entire life, even after her cancer diagnosis in 2014. Beth and her husband Martin spent the next four years traveling as mission volunteers with NOMADS. These RVers traveled the country providing volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations.

Beth is survived by her husband of 51 years Martin, 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 siblings. Memorial donations may be made in Beth's name to: Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes 612 W. State Street Ithaca, NY 14850 www.crcfl.net.

Re: August 9 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business: Agenda and Reports

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Apparently, I missed some of the folks on P&SJ. See the attached reports with that mistake corrected (I hope).

Gina

On Friday, August 7, 2020, 9:39:26 PM EDT, clerk@... <clerk@...> wrote:


Please find the agenda and pertinent reports attached. Though they are being provided far later than I would have hoped, reading these items in advance of our Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business allows for seasoning and understanding beyond what comes from encountering them for the first time during the Meeting itself. I would encourage all Friends intending to join us on Sunday (at 12:30pm!) to take a peek now.

Gina

August 9 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business: Agenda and Reports

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Please find the agenda and pertinent reports attached. Though they are being provided far later than I would have hoped, reading these items in advance of our Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business allows for seasoning and understanding beyond what comes from encountering them for the first time during the Meeting itself. I would encourage all Friends intending to join us on Sunday (at 12:30pm!) to take a peek now.

Gina

In-Person Worship at Third St. Meetinghouse this Sunday, Aug 9

Carol Clarke
 

Hello Friends,

We had 10 people in the Meetinghouse for Worship last Sunday and we had some problems with the microphone in the Meetinghouse, but otherwise it was great and several of those present shared about what a joy it was to Worship in our space together again.

We're still asking Friends to let us know if they are planning to come - we will have your nametag out for you and email you a covid screening form that you can fill out and bring if you want to.  If you tell me you expect to come regularly you don't have to email me every week, but please do this time (and let me know that). 

If you would like to join us,  here's what you need to do:

1. Email me and let me know you'd like to come - we need to know in advance who is coming: firetendercarol@.... 

2. Agree to wear a mask the whole time you are in the Meetinghouse and enter through the kitchen (unless you need to use the ramp).

3. Agree to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and fill out a simple COVID screening form as you arrive (please bring your own pen or pencil to do this) or print and fill out that morning the one I send you and bring it.

4. Agree to bring your own cushion if you want a cushion and disinfect the chair you sit in at the end of Worship (we'll provide materials), or bring a sheet or towel to place on the chair you sit in. 

5. Agree to maintain social distance from others as you arrive and as you leave - please take conversations outside.

We will also ask everyone as they arrive if they will volunteer to help disinfect surfaces on common areas at the close of Worship (probably no more than 10 minutes of more disinfecting).

Please also email me if you have any questions about any of this.

Thank you!
Carol Clarke for the COVID Working Group




Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light ...revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. . . .
  Barbara Brown Taylor

The only way out and through—for either side of any dualism ...—is a kind of universal forgiveness of Reality for being what it is; it thus becomes the bonding glue of grace which heals all the separations ...  Richard Rohr

REMINDER: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, THIS Sunday at 12:30pm via Zoom

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Friends are encouraged to join me for the August Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on Sunday, 8/9 at 12:30pm. Though we will continue our hybrid experiment this week for our 10:30am Meeting for Worship - offering the opportunity to connect via Zoom or in person - Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be online only. The same Zoom link will get you to both meetings. Find the link on the IMM website, ithacamonthlymeeting.org.

Unfortunately, reports are a little delayed this month. I hope to have them to you by late tomorrow.

Gina

Family Devotionals

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Apologies, Friends! I just realized I never sent this out this week. There are still 4 things on the schedule yet to happen!

Gina

Monday, August 3
8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/91449182635
 

Tuesday, August 4

8:00am EST with Emily Provance (story from Joei) – https://zoom.us/j/94131415530

7:00pm EST with Melinda Wenner Bradley - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/700349436

 

Wednesday, August 5

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/99480069569

 

Thursday, August 6

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/96572483604

7:00pm EST with Melinda Wenner Bradley - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/700349436

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Friday, August 7

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://zoom.us/j/95927962595



Two events marking 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Elizabeth Schneider
 

Dear Friends,

In recent years Friends have organized a gathering to mark the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  This gathering has always included persons from the Ithaca Catholic Worker who also have a tradition of marking these bombings.  Below please find information on their vigil this year. And I am placing the information on Friends' silent vigil at FCRJ below their announcement.  If you plan to attend the vigil at FCRJ in person, please note the necessity of having to call or e-mail to reserve a seat.
______________________

The Ithaca Catholic Worker invites you to join us for a special vigil on August 8th from 10 to 11am at the corner of Clinton St. and S. Meadow St.

On August 8th we want to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6th) and Nagasaki (August 9th). Nuclear war remains a terrible imminent threat to all life on earth. Nuclear weapons eviscerate the rule of law, enforce white supremacy, perpetuate endless war and environmental destruction, steal from all in our nation and world by their theft of much-needed resources. They represent a crime against humanity.

We declare our opposition to this madness and invite you to stand with us on August 8th. We will observe safe distancing and wear masks. We welcome your participation. Bring signs.

Questions? Call Dan at 2737108.
______________________

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance
Sunday, August 9, 6pm
Friends Center for Racial Justice 
There has been a tradition of Friends and others remembering the dropping of the first atom bombs in 1945 on Hiroshima (August 6) and on Nagasaki (August 9) with a silent vigil around the Peace Pole in front of the Friends Center for Racial Justice.  This year is the 75th anniversary of these bombings. This is a vigil of mindfulness and remembrance of the thousands of persons who were killed 75 years ago at the instant of the blasts, those who later died from their injuries, and those who suffered from their injuries. 

We are proceeding with plans to meet around the Peace Pole and to socially distance so that those in attendance can feel safe while being apart and wearing a mask.   We will have 12 chairs available.  If you plan on attending this Vigil, please call or e-mail Elizabeth Schneider to reserve one of those chairs. 

We are also hoping that Zoom technology will allow others to be in attendance .  We are still checking out how workable this would be since it is an outdoor gathering.  As we test that out, notice of whether it is workable will be posted on the list serve.

To reserve a seat at the Vigil contact Elizabeth Schneider (neschneid@..., or 607-351-0057).  Watch the list serve to see if attending via Zoom will be another way of attending.
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QuakerSpeak tomorrow morning at 9:30:

Carol Clarke
 

Friends,
Just a reminder that tomorrow morning at 9:30 there's another QuakerSpeak zoom gathering.  We will all watch the video together on Zoom, or feel free to watch it on your own:






Here is the zoom information:


Join Friends every other Sunday morning to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched.


Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975

Password: friends
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Hoping to see you tomorrow morning!
Carol


Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light ...revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. . . .
  Barbara Brown Taylor

The only way out and through—for either side of any dualism ...—is a kind of universal forgiveness of Reality for being what it is; it thus becomes the bonding glue of grace which heals all the separations ...  Richard Rohr

Newsletter wow

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Friends, the month got away from me. If you have something you’d like to share in the Ithaca Monthly Meeting newsletter for August, please drop me a note. If it’s not too much to ask, I’d like to hear from you today… if only to tell me you have content coming.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 

  • Marin

 

Marin Clarkberg, IMM Newsletter editor

150 Giles Street, Ithaca 14850  607.279.4722

 

 

Phoebe Brown's older brother

Nancy Riffer
 

Following up on an announcement made after Meeting yesterday, Phoebe Brown's older brother passed away from COVID-19 late last week.

August 2 the Third St. Meetinghouse will once again have in-person worship! #worship

Carol Clarke
 

August 2 the Third St. Meetinghouse will once again have in-person worship!

We have room for 22 socially distanced people in worshipping at our Third St meeting house. We feel led to make sure that as a welcoming community we leave some seats for those who may just show up. So.... we are making plans for 18 people who have signed up ahead of time.

If you would like to join us,  here's what you need to do:

1. Email me and let me know you'd like to come - we need to know in advance who is coming: firetendercarol@.... 

2. Agree to wear a mask the whole time you are in the Meetinghouse and enter through the kitchen (unless you need to use the ramp).

3. Agree to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and fill out a simple COVID screening form as you arrive (please bring your own pen or pencil to do this).

4. Agree to bring your own cushion if you want a cushion and disinfect the chair you sit in at the end of Worship (we'll provide materials), or bring a sheet or towel to place on the chair you sit in.  The upholstered chairs will not be available for the time being.

5. Agree to maintain social distance from others as you arrive and as you leave and not to approach anyone at any time in the building - please take conversations outside.

We will also ask everyone as they arrive if they will volunteer to help disinfect surfaces on common areas at the close of Worship (probably no more than 10 minutes of more disinfecting).

Please also email me if you have any questions about any of this.

Thank you!
Carol Clarke for the COVID Working Group

Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light ...revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. . . .
  Barbara Brown Taylor

The only way out and through—for either side of any dualism ...—is a kind of universal forgiveness of Reality for being what it is; it thus becomes the bonding glue of grace which heals all the separations ...  Richard Rohr

IMMRSF Minutes

Blair Jennings
 

Friends, the minutes from July's Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business are attached and below. You will also be able to find them on the website.

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

July 12, 2020

Clerk: Gina Varrichio

Recording Clerks: Marin Clarkberg, Blair Jennings

 

(The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Copies of all written reports are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording Clerk.)


2020.7.1 Opening Worship

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met in Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on July 12, 2020. At 12:30 P.M., 17 Friends gathered via Zoom and settled into worship.

 

Clerk recognized Ellie Rosenberg who was holding the meeting in the light.

 

2020.7.2 Naming Committee Report: Nominating Committee Members

 On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Pat Sewell reported the following:

The Naming Committee nominates Cai Quirk (September 2020 and possibly beyond), Dreia Spies (2022), David Horton (2022), and Stephen Paisley (2022) to fill current and anticipated openings on the Nominating Committee. Additionally, Nancy Gabriel has resigned from Nominating.

 

Friends approved the nominations.@

 

2020.7.3 Ministry & Worship: In-Person Meeting for Worship

On behalf of Ministry & Worship, Nancy Riffer presented a detailed and deeply discerned multi-dimensional re-entry plan for the Third Street Meetinghouse. This comprehensive plan considers a variety of logistical and emotional concerns and queries, procedural necessities and potential strategies for use, restriction of use and potential re-closure – based on recommendations or requirements of governing bodies and/or IMM’s assessment of local COVID19 transmission risk – of the building.

 

While the committee reached clarity around the many steps required to begin using the building again, committee members were unable to come to unity on exactly how to proceed at this time. 

 

Gratitude for this work was uniformly expressed. Questions, outside experiences with other entities’ re-entry scenarios were shared and suggestions arose – ex. a sign-in sheet for potential contact tracing, chairs outside for overflow attendees, resources for families with small children, disposable masks to distribute, etc. Discussion centered on the concept of balance between individual needs, fears and spiritual experience of in-person Meeting for Worship vs. digital. Friends raised concerns related to logistics around cleaning, universal adherence to safety procedures and willingness to commit to the work required by this plan. Additionally, offers of support for helping develop/enhance individual safety were expressed. 

 

Friends agreed that delineating a plan to safely re-enter the building is desirable.@

 

Friends approved the re-entry plan as presented in the report with trust that 1. a COVID Working Group is gathered, 2. revisions to the reported plan may be made by the COVID Working Group as they consider suggestions and discern necessities moving forward and 3. the COVID Working Group reports said revisions at subsequent Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business.@

 

2020.7.4 Ministry & Worship: COVID Working Group

On behalf of Ministry and Worship, Kris Altucher described the committee’s proposal for the formation of a new working group to make recommendations for and oversee safely and compliantly reopening our meetinghouses. The working group would create and update guidelines needed to open the building and monitor their fulfillment. This includes populating task-specific work groups (ex. cleaning) with willing participants. The COVID Working Group would continue for a temporary but indefinite period. It would include one member from TSMC, one from M&W, and at least two members from the meeting at large.

 

Just as a concern arose around who will be responsible for assuring the committee is populated, the committee was populated within the context of this Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business as follows: M & W will be represented on a rotational basis by the current members of the committee; TSMC will be represented by Carol Clarke; the members-at-large will be Ellie Rosenberg and Melissa Blake. Additional members are more than welcome. Interested Friends should contact Carol Clarke.

 

Friends approved the creation of a new COVID working group.@

 

2020.7.5 Resignation of Membership: Fell Cadwallader

The Ithaca Monthly Meeting clerk received a letter from Fell Cadwallader in June 2020 asking to resign his membership to IMM. Fell is clear that his personal spiritual path and the path of IMM have diverged, though he would like to be clear that he still considers himself a Friend.

In recent years, the loss of Fell’s inspirational presence, loving spirit, and willingness to challenge Friends’ complacency has been felt by many of us in the IMM community. The clerk has been in contact with Fell since his decision, and, though she laments it, affirms his choice has been well discerned. Fell is released from membership.

Questions and expressions of appreciation were shared.

Friends received the report. @

 

2020.7.6 Other Concerns

A Friend raised a concern about the language related to the Finance Committee Report originally scheduled for consideration during this month’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, but unanimously held over to August in light of time constraints. Several of those present also expressed concern and a desire to continue the discussion between now and August’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

 

2020.7.7 Closing Worship

14 Friends settled into silent worship at 2:39 P.M. before adjourning. Our next regular Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be held at 12:30 P.M. on August 9, 2020.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Jennings

Family Devotionals for the Week of 7/20

Gina Varrichio
 

 

Monday, July 20

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83010570529 

 

Tuesday, July 21

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85908483291

7:00pm EST with Melinda Wenner Bradley - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/700349436

 

Wednesday, July 22

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84072999424

 

Thursday, July 23

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82192604500

7:00pm EST with Melinda Wenner Bradley - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/700349436

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Friday, July 24

8:00am EST with Emily Provance – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81604465078

You Can Still Register for NYYM Summer Sessions ONLINE

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Find out all there is on offer and register HERE: https://nyym.org/nyym_sessions

Gina

QuakerSpeak tomorrow morning at 9:30 - The Prayer Life of Quakers

Carol Clarke
 

Friends,
Just a reminder that tomorrow morning at 9:30 there's another QuakerSpeak zoom gathering.  We will all watch the video together on Zoom, or feel free to watch it on your own:



Here is the zoom information:


Join Friends every other Sunday morning to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82589855975?pwd=SGw0TEhVSC9XbWM2bDdHaHlBOHNJZz09

Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975

Password: friends
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,82589855975# US (New York)
+12133388477,,82589855975# US (Los Angeles)

Hoping to see you tomorrow morning!
Carol



Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light ...revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. . . .
  Barbara Brown Taylor

The only way out and through—for either side of any dualism ...—is a kind of universal forgiveness of Reality for being what it is; it thus becomes the bonding glue of grace which heals all the separations ...  Richard Rohr

Do you want to come to in-person worship at the Third St Meetinghouse?

Carol Clarke
 

Dear Friends,
The committee (or working group) established at the last Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business and tasked with planning in-person Worship, would like to find out how many of us would like to come to in-person worship at the Third St. Meetinghouse, both immediately, and possibly in the future.   We have created this simple poll in hopes of getting a sense of this.  If you do not like to do polls, please feel free to answer by emailing back (firetendercarol@...) or you can call me at 607-227-9104 to let me know your thoughts on this.  The poll won't allow comments, but please do email me if you want to tell me anything about this!

Here is the poll:



Thank you for helping us begin to make plans!

Carol Clarke for Covid Committee

Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light ...revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. . . .
  Barbara Brown Taylor

The only way out and through—for either side of any dualism ...—is a kind of universal forgiveness of Reality for being what it is; it thus becomes the bonding glue of grace which heals all the separations ...  Richard Rohr

Fw: Learn and Share

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

On NYYM Summer Sessions interest groups:

Interest Groups are a good way to introduce yourself to a topic or dive deeper, to learn and to share. One must be registered for our 
virtual Summer Sessions in order to participate in an Interest Group. There is no registration fee and the optional registration contribution is pay-as-led.


Please attend and please register! It helps with planning, and it gets you access to the Zoom links for everything. See the two-weeks-at-a-glance schedule to get a sense of Summer Sessions.

Section 1: Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM
 
Bolivia Quaker Educational Fund in times of Covid and Climate Change - Led by Rebeca Ramos, Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM​ - Rebeca Ramos, a graduate of the Bolivia Quaker Education Fund who is currently a Visiting Assistant Teacher at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, NY, will give a short slide presentation via Zoom on her life and family, the programs supported by BQEF, and BOlivia. She will answer questions from us on anything from to the impact of Covid 19 and climate change on Bolivians, including her friends and family andher participation in INELA (her local yearly meeting).
 
Green Investing in a Friendly World - Led by Peter Close, Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM - 3 investment firms describing how green they are in handling the Friendly money placed with them by our Yearly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, New York Quarterly Meeting, Powell House, Oakwood Friends School, Friends Council on the Aging, individual Friends and monthly meetings, Friends General Conference and Friends Journal.
 
Learnings and Outcomes of NYYM's Pilot Mentoring Program - Led by Marissa Badgley, Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM - In this interest group, we will review what we learned from NYYM's pilot mentoring program between January and July 2020, and explore implications for future intergenerational mentoring programs/initiatives in monthly meetings and the larger Religious Society of Friends.  
 
Moving with Spirit - Led by Jane Alexandre and Tom Goodridge, Wednesday July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM - "Friends' worship has been characterized as a listening for the still, small voice. Quaker practice is a preparation to attend to this quiet call, which seems to emerge from the interior in a gathered body of expectantly waiting Friends. Typically, Friends have together waited on Spirit in a seated position. Might there be other ways to wait expectantly? In some of our experiences with movement we have felt the promptings of Spirit. We would consider Spirit-led movement; ways of creating conditions receptive to the movement of Spirit--possibly beginning with a warm-up activity, possibly accompanied by music. Session will last between 30 - 45 minutes. Jane Alexandre is a dance artist/scholar whose current practice concerns center around community, obligation and belonging. Tom Goodridge attempts to worship through movement.
 
Right Sharing of World Resources - Led by Jacqueline Stillwell, Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM - Right Sharing of World Resources works for equity through partnership with our sisters and brothers throughout the world.  
What is essential? How much is enough? How is my use of time, energy, and “things” in right balance to free me to do God’s work, and to contribute to right order in our world? Jackie Stillwell, General Secretary, will invite participants' personal reflection, share vivid slides and stories of newly empowered women entrepreneurs, and explain how you can help RSWR make a difference in someone's life. www.rswr.org.
 
What it Means to be a Friend in NYYM 2020 - Led by David Male, Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM - The wisdom of our founders to name our faith The Religious Society of Friends (RSF) is profound, because the heart of our experience has always been that our creator is not some distant tyrant seeking to subject us but rather a close companion with whom we can establish a real Friendship, a Friendship that we can then demonstrate in our relationship to those around us. While the first Friends surely took the name from the Bible (John 15:15), every child knows intuitively what it means to be a friend. This is indeed a reflection of the Inner Light which leads us into all Truth when we pay attention to it. Often in young adulthood, but it can happen at any age, we may ask ourselves what we really believe about what we have been taught, to form our own view of the world and find our way in it. The occasion of the 325th Anniversary of NYYM of the RSF is a good time to reflect on what it means to all of us to be a Friend as we embrace our past, envision our future, and live into our present. David Male grew up among Friends in NJ, but really became a Friend as a young adult in Ohio. Now he teaches Quakerism at Olney Friends School and is a recorded minister of Stillwater Meeting in OYM. He has visited Summer Sessions several times in recent years, feels at home among the rich diversity of experience and expressions in NYYM and is always eager to engage in an open, searching conversation about what it means to be a Friend.
 
Writing letters to incarcerated Quakers - WHY NOW? - Led by Judy Meikle, Wednesday, July 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM
This will be an interactive session for people who are curious about the opportunity to connect with incarcerated Friends through the Inside Outside Letter Writing Collective.  Why this is a particularly critical time to engage in this ministry (Covid-19 and the prison movement). 
 
Section 2: Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM
 
An Introduction to Clearness Committees - Led by Robert (Sunfire) Kazmayer, Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM
This Interest Group is based on the experiences of Sunfire, the presenter, working with retreats organized by the Center for Courage & Renewal - an organizaation created by the noted Quaker author, Parker Palmer. We will look at Palmer's "Touchstones," a set of guidelines for Clearness Committees and other group interactions. We will have a practice exercise that to help participants frame the questions that are appropriate for Clearness Committees. And we will look at how to get further information and training for being a part of a Clerness Committee.
 
Anti-Racist Work:  Your Stories and Our Stories - Led by Mary Pugh Clark, Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Participants will hear members of European American Quakers Working to End Racism (EAQWER) tell how their anti-racist work evolved over time and will be invited to share aspects of their stories. The interest group will end with everybody looking where they are headed in doing anti-racist work going forward.
 
Clean Energy Action Workshop - Led by Dianne Keefe, Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Renewable Energy grass roots action workshop NYYM Climate Justice Working group present experts and citizen activists to explain how to build a clean energy future in towns and cities and at the state level. Mark Robbins, will discuss solar and energy efficiency projects for public school and public building projects. Paul Fenn, founder of Localpower.com, will discuss CCA, community choice aggregation for solar energy and decentralization of our energy supply. See www.localpower.com. David Alicea, from the Sierra Club and NY Interfaith Power & Light will discuss NY state legislative issues related to climate change. Laura Cisar and Keith Voos from New Brunswick Monthly Meeting (NBMM) in NJ, will talk about local community organizing actions to stop “Compressor Station 206 and the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project” (NESE). There was a sense of the meeting for New Brunswick MM to become an intervenor to stop the project, which they did.
 
Lessons for Our Time: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Discuss Suffrage and Race, 1869: Principles vs. Pragmatism - Led by Judith Wellman, Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM - In this 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, recognizing the right of women to vote, this presentation will raise questions of racism within the women's suffrage movement, asking participants to listen to the words of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass in 1869 to consider questions that still challenge us today.
 
Loving & Nurturing Young Adults in 2020 - Led by Marissa Badgley, Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM - An exploration of the unique and not-so-unique needs of young adults as a result of COVID-19, social unrest, and other unusual events in 2020. We will discuss what monthly meetings and individuals can do during this time to support young adults, and what we can learn from this period of uncertainty about young adult engagement and participation. Offered by: Marissa Badgley, NYYM Young Adult Interim Field Secretary.
 
Race, Mass Incarceration, and Covid-19: Criminal Justice in 2020 - Led by Joe D'Antonio Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Racism touches every part of our society. The criminal legal system is no exception. Black and brown communities are over-policed and over incarcerated compared to their white neighbors. As we continue to confront the system of mass incarceration, we must confront the racial justice issues that underly this broken system. During this presentation FCNL criminal justice lobbyist and Friend Joe D’Antonio will outline the intersection between race and mass incarceration. He will also outline the ways these issues intersect with healthcare in incarceration institutions as COVID-19 rips through prisons and jails across the country.
 
The Nuts & Bolts of Running a Meeting - Led by Fred Dettmer, Thursday, July 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 PM
We will examine and discuss the legal, financial, social and theological implications of having a monthly meeting, from the requirements of the State to the guidance of Faith & Practice.
 
Section 3: Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Love Thy Congress - Led by Riley Robinson, Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM - This is the most diverse Congress ever, and it certainly needs to be. It's the one branch of the federal government with which you can develop on ongoing relationship! Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies effectively in a wide range of areas in Washington, and your Friendly presence matters greatly! Let's talk.
      
Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries Led by Elaine Learnard Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM - This will be a facilitated conversation/Q&A with Janet Gardner and Dick Nurse about their film.
     
Sharing Climate Solutions around NYYM interest group - Led by Margaret McCasland, Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM - The Climate Justice Working Group and the Earthcare Working Group have been developing an online form so people can report on projects which address the climate crisis by reducing heat-trapping emissions, keeping CO2 safely sequestered in living systems, and by supporting the social systems which help people live in right relationship with our biosphere. We will help you fill out the reporting form during the interest group. We'd love your feedback! Our next step will be to create a data base of all the projects and activities so that you can inspire each other. Link to reporting form: <https://forms.gle/VuMhPNb42C1d6tof9>
 
SUPPORTING NYYM - Let's Count the Ways! - Led by Dare Thompson, Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM - Some of our dreams for a vibrant NYYM require money. Your NYYM and what it becomes for future generations is what you help it to be. Bring your questions about how to help to our what-we-need and how-to-give experts.
 
The Marathon for Peace and Justice: Friends Peace Teams - Led by Nadine Hoover, Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM - Bring your own Quaker ministry for peace and justice or support others' thru Friends Peace Teams. A brief overview of Quaker ministries globally, including yours, a few interactive activities, and discussion of actions in the current marathon for peace and justice. 
 
Young, Old, and In-Between: Companioning Toward Fortitude - Led by Kaitlin Pawlukojc & Callie Janoff, Wednesday, July 29th 2:00 - 4:00 PM - We are deep listeners, but sometimes quiet talkers. Experiences, modeling, mentoring - how do we transfer our skills and insights to other Friends who seek to share in our ministries, particularly among those of different generations? This experiential interest group offers an opportunity to listen for what is being asked for, to share stories of lessons learned, mistakes recognized, and to offer reminiscences on all you wish you had known… Friends of every age have important gifts to share and much to learn from one another, and in order to thrive we need to ask for and offer perspective, presence, and empathy.

Please! Join with the yearly meeting to discern business at Summer Sessions

Ms.Mellie
 

Good evening, friends:

Many of the usual reasons for not attending NYYM Summer Sessions fall away when it’s a virtual event!

Please consider registering and joining us on Sunday for Meeting for Discernment. Or register and then attend a Meeting for Business or two — and find out what NYYM does! Or! Register and attend Worship Sharing with f/Friends from across the region. Registration is Pay as Led!

So many reasons to register and join us. We would love to see you there. 

Melanie-Claire Mallison
NYYM Sessions Committee, clerk
MsMellie@...
1-607-280-8182 (cell)

“You only live once, 
but if you do it right, 
once is enough.” 
  Mae West

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This week's NYYM update is a special invitation to participate in all of the various aspects of Summer Sessions, starting on Sunday July 19. Here's another highlight of the gathering.

Yearly Meeting Business at Summer Sessions 
The Quaker meeting for worship with a concern for business is an opportunity to live out Quakerism in a practical way; to discern and make decisions as a body, with integrity and faith. Everyone who wishes to attend is welcome. Register for Summer Sessions to get Zoom links and daily updates on the agenda.

To prepare for the meetings business at Summer Sessions this year, please read the Seasoned Business Items. Seasoned Business Items are items that the Clerk believes need a decision or need to be recorded in our minutes but do not require any consideration during the business session. Read a full explanation of "SBIs" here.

You can also prepare for business meeting by reading the Advance Documents. These are the reports, minutes, revisions, etc., that will be discussed at business meeting. You can see the planned agenda for all the business meetings, subject to change. 


Please attend and please register! It helps with planning, and it gets you access to the Zoom links for everything. See the two-weeks-at-a-glance schedule to get a sense of Summer Sessions.
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