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PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT: Second Annual LANTERN Festival

Ruth Yarrow
 

A worthy cause and beautiful event.  Ruth

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Subject: PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT: Second Annual LANTERN Festival
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:38:36 -0400
From: S Wide <sarahwidercrantz@...>


Hello, friends. Second Wind will be holding a beautiful event to raise awareness of addiction/mental health issues and remember loved ones who have passed on. Due to a number of issues, publicity is VERY HARD right now. Please be the grass roots to pass this event on to your network! 
This year's event is virtual and covid-safe live!  Tickets and lantern sponsors as well as more info can be found at secondwindcottages.org 
Please help spread the word!

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Mid-week MfW at Hector meetinghouse

Andre Spies <amspies@...>
 

Just a reminder that in-person mid-week Meeting for Worship at Hector meetinghouse has changed times to begin at 5 PM rather than 6 PM. We meet outside whenever possible; please bring a chair. Hope to see you there! Dreia


The Arc of White Womanhood (From Robin Mallison Alpern)

Melanie Claire Mallison
 

Friends:

Some of you may remember my sister Robin from her years living in Ithaca and attending IMM. She has created the following workshop and still has room for participants! 

Melanie-Claire Mallison
MsMellie@...
1-607-280-8182 (cell)

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

Begin forwarded message:

From: Robin Alpern <robin.alpern@...>
Date: September 19, 2020 at 6:39:06 PM EDT
To: Robin Alpern <robin.alpern@...>
Subject: The Arc of White Womanhood




Dear colleagues,

We still have seats in this live, interactive online workshop designed as a caucus space for white women (including trans women and non-binary people) who are concerned with issues of white womanhood and racism.

Details in the flyer I attached. Here is the registration link. I also created a FB post.

Please share this info with your networks.

Solidarity,
Robin

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 8:37 PM Robin Alpern <robin.alpern@...> wrote:
Dear friends and colleagues,

I'm writing to announce a new workshop, The Arc of White Womanhood. I've been developing this course over the past year and a half, and I'm so excited Robin Schlenger and I are ready to roll it out this fall. Please know there's no pressure to sign up, but I wanted to let you know about it.

I'm including men and people of color in this mailing, so I want to be clear the audience for the course is white women, including trans women and non-binary people. Everyone here may know white women who would be interested in the workshop, so I hope you'll pass the word along as you see fit.

BTW, most of you know I normally offer workshops through the Center for the Study of White American Culture. This one though is developed under the auspices of my business, Calling White Folks In.

Next I'm headed off for a week of staycation! My autoresponder will be on, but I'll be checking email occasionally, in case you have questions or comments.

Best regards,
Robin



--
Robin Mallison Alpern
she, her, hers
Living on land formerly inhabited and cared for by the Wapping Nation
Director of Training
Center for the Study of White American Culture www.euroamerican.org


writing my heart out: an artist's tapestry; Provincetown 1983-84, memoir by Elise Mallison and Robin Alpern




































[farmingtonscipioquakers] Rochester Meeting statement on the killing of Daniel Prude

Margaret McCasland
 

This letter is a powerful and moving statement. Our Friends in Rochester said that they have been attending demonstrations there as a peaceful presence and that they would appreciate others joining them. They said there is no longer a visible police presence at the demonstrations, and there is a beautiful spirit among the people there.      -Margaret

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From: Lu Harper <farmingtonscipioquakers@...>
Date: Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 5:41 PM
Subject: [farmingtonscipioquakers] Rochester Meeting statement on the killing of Daniel Prude
To: FSRM List <Farmingtonscipioquakers@...>


At Fall Gathering yesterday, this statement was read.  Friends requested sending it out to the region.


Lu Harper




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Minutes from September

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Friends, please find the minutes from September’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business here: https://ithacamonthlymeeting.org/2020/09/21/monthly-meeting-september-2020/

 

  • Marin

 


Fw: QuakerSpeak discussion tomorrow, 9/20 @ 9:30

Carol Clarke
 


Hello Friends,

The QuakerSpeak video we will discuss tomorrow morning is 9 Core Quaker Beliefs


Here is the Zoom link:

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

Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975

Password: friends


I look forward to seeing you there.

Carol Clarke

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


Ithaca Monthly Meeting Report Back to FSRM Fall Gathering

Melanie Claire Mallison
 

Ithaca Monthly Meeting Report Back to FSRM Fall Gathering

Dear friends:

After some “weak tea” protest by myself, I agreed to take notes at this morning’s breakout session for Ithaca Monthly Meeting to consider the following queries as part of our FSRM Fall Gathering work. Below you find a distillation of our discussion, which will be my report back to FSRM this afternoon, and later today, I’ll write up all my notes and send them out too.

Please keep in mind that this report and transcript reflect only the discernment of those present in the breakout room and may not reflect your experience of Ithaca Monthly Meeting!

QUERIES
In your meeting group, discuss the challenges and gifts of members
[1] What has changed since we wrote our State of the Meeting reports, and what may need to be changed? [2] How do we recognize what is needed? Describe your sense of how Friends are called into community. [3] Are there practical steps you hope Friends will commit to?

Discussion ensued!

IMM Report to FSRM

Members and Attenders of Ithaca Monthly Meeting met in a breakout room along with Friends from other Meetings whose groups were too small for their own breakout.  

Welcome all!

We were most inspired by the second query, “How do we recognize what is needed? Describe your sense of how Friends are called into community.”

In general, it is felt that Ithaca Monthly Meeting has lost its Spiritual foundation and call to work as a community within the Quaker testimony of Corporate Discernment. This is not related to the pandemic, but has been seen as a loss for more than a year. Instead, the Meeting feels like many individuals who come together to support each other’s individual leadings and gifts, and individual work. We long for more community leadings grounded in the Divine Presence, where the Light of each person is seen and acknowledged and loved, but corporate discernment is also honored and the vitality of the Meeting of a whole is addressed.

We have a sense of “dryness” spiritually, of being somehow stuck.

What seems to be missing is the Divine Presence and guidance. We can and DO much in the realm of social activism, but without surrendering to the Presence of God, our work does not come from a corporate foundation of Spirit, Light, and Peace.

An example of how Spirit DOES work within us is the time and intellectual energy put into deciding how outside group might be allowed to use our Meetinghouse and how much we would charge for that use, and when the report was given at Meeting for Business, Spirit moved us to toss out the report and minute that all are welcome to use the Meetinghouse for free.

To further the feeling of individuals gathering, some who are returning to the Meeting or are new to the Meeting find it hard to get to know folks and get to be known. They feel welcomed! But perhaps, not included.

Even so, Ithaca Monthly Meeting feels like a loving and beloved space. Even those who have created some trouble (and you know who you are), still feel loved and listened to and supported.

So our gifts do not always apply to the Meeting as a whole and to the world beyond our meetinghouse steps. Gifts may need to shift and grow, ergo, to rise up to corporate and community needs.

And again, those gifts must seek a Spiritual grounding.  Not just come from a sense of social responsibility or “trending concern” but deepen and seek a Spiritual emphasis and foundation for the work.

We must see and seek with Spiritual eyes.

One gift is our gift of numbers. We are a large meeting, which shows our vitality and community nourishment. Our ability to work together, to meet together, to show up, in large numbers, is a GIFT many Meetings do not have.

But. Big numbers also means lots of concerns and tasks, and we now meet in so many ways due to the pandemic, we are even more separated, so the tasks even more become the focus of the work – bringing us back again to the theme of a longing to once again be spiritually grounded, living from Light and Love.


Humbly submitted for your consideration,
Melanie-Claire Mallison



--

Melanie-Claire Mallison
NYYM Spring Fall Sessions Coordinator & Liaison

(home/cell) 607-280-8182
(email) MsMellie@...

"Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered."
     
From “Cymbeline” by William Shakespeare



Mid-week MfW at Hector Meetinghouse

Andre Spies <amspies@...>
 

Starting this Wednesday, 23 September, in-person mid-week MfW at Hector meetinghouse will begin at 5 p.m. (instead of 6 p.m.). We will continue to meet outside as weather permits; otherwise we will meet indoors. All are welcome!


Re: Quaker Women 6:30 Friday 9/18

Kris Altucher
 

And here’s the Zoom info missing from the last message:

Topic: Women's Fellowship
Time: Aug 21, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87201790136?pwd=VHYvZXQxK3VqMHh1bGFNUHlZcldNUT09

Meeting ID: 872 0179 0136
Passcode: women

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,87201790136#,,,,,,0#,,575364# US (New York)


Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles)

Meeting ID: 872 0179 0136
Passcode: 575364
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keG55fhxDY





On Sep 17, 2020, at 2:36 PM, Kris Altucher via groups.io <kris.altucher@...> wrote:



Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants, and join us for an informal online hangout. Hope to see you there!

Kris


Quaker Women 6:30 Friday 9/18

Kris Altucher
 


Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants, and join us for an informal online hangout. Hope to see you there!

Kris


Outdoor work day at Third Street Meetinghouse this Saturday, noon to 5pm

Carol Clarke
 

Hello friends,
I just realized I never posted this to the listserv, so my apologies for the late notice.   We are having an outdoor workday at the Third Street Meetinghouse this Saturday from noon to 5pm.   We will be weeding and cleaning up the patio, weeding the gardens, getting ivy off the building walls and pruning whatever needs pruning.   We will be masked and social distancing but there in person so this is a great opportunity to see people live and not in a box.   We will open the door to the Meetinghouse so you can stand in the doorway and see our beautiful new floor too if you wish to.

The rain date is Sunday, the next day.

It will be lovely to see you there!

Carol Clarke

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


QuakerSpeak discussion this Sunday, 9/20 @ 9:30

Carol Clarke
 

Hello Friends,

The QuakerSpeak video we will discuss this Sunday is 9 Core Quaker Beliefs


The zoom link is on the calendar on the IMM web page:



Select the Calendar in the top menu bar.

I will send out another reminder with the zoom link this Saturday.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Carol Clarke

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


ACT meeting minutes, Sept 1, 2020

Jim Grant
 

Here are the minutes and reports from the recent meeting of Area Congregations Together (ACT) on September 1, 2020.  An item of note: you will see that in this meeting I took over the responsibilities of Chairperson of ACT.

Peace,
Jim Grant

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller



Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business: THIS SUNDAY, September 13 at 12:30pm

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Please join us for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business THIS Sunday. The agenda and reports are attached.

We will meet via Zoom, using the same link as is used for Meeting for Worship. Join online with this link or from your Zoom app with Meeting ID: 372 632 479 and password: friends You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID: 372 632 479 when prompted.

Gina


Worship at Hector Meetinghouse

Andre Spies <amspies@...>
 

Just to clarify the newsletter announcement about worship at Hector Meetinghouse:

There will be worship on 

Wednesday evenings at 6
Sunday mornings at 10

We will be meeting outside when weather permits.

HOWEVER,
we also have access to the Meetinghouse in inclement weather. So the intention is to continue to have Meetings for Worship there regardless, as long as the season permits. When we are inside, please bring a towel or blanket to protect the pews.
Hope to see you there!
Dreia


QuakerSpeak tomorrow morning at 9:30

Carol Clarke
 

Hello everyone,
There will be another QuakerSpeak tomorrow morning at 9:30.  The topic is The Work of Quaker EarthCare




Here is the zoom link:


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)

I look forward to seeing you there!

Carol Clarke




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


September newsletter

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Friends, time functions in a strange way these days.

 

It is time for the September newsletter. If you have something to share – an event, a poem, a reflection—might it be possible for you to share it with me before 3pm on Friday?

 

Sorry for the short notice.


Thank you.

 

  • Marin

 

Marin Clarkberg, IMM Newsletter editor

150 Giles Street, Ithaca 14850  607.279.4722

 


Re: Lunch at 12 noon for Quaker guys or those who don't mind talking with them

Liam Murphy
 

I’m afraid I sent the wrong link …

 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81088385677?pwd=RHZNZ1VtQlU0L1hIZFVETVR0V1N2dz09

Meeting ID: 810 8838 5677
Passcode: menslunch

 

Thanks!


Liam 

 

From: announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io [mailto:announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io] On Behalf Of Liam Murphy
Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:46 AM
To: announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io
Subject: [IMMRSF Announcements] Lunch at 12 noon for Quaker guys or those who don't mind talking with them

 

We’ll share lunch by Zoom today … all are more than welcome.  Conversation can range from truly Friendly topics to the inane …

 

Please join us at:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86018422536#success

 

Best, Liam


Lunch at 12 noon for Quaker guys or those who don't mind talking with them

Liam Murphy
 

We’ll share lunch by Zoom today … all are more than welcome.  Conversation can range from truly Friendly topics to the inane …

 

Please join us at:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86018422536#success

 

Best, Liam


FSRM Fall Gathering 2020 Invitation and Schedule

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 



Farmington-Scipio Friends,

We invite you to join us for Fall Gathering, to be held via Zoom on Saturday, September 19, 2020! Here is the invitation and preliminary schedule.Registration and Zoom links to follow.

Angela Hopkins and Antonia Saxon, co-clerks



Farmington Scipio Fall Gathering Retreat

September 19, 2020

9:00am-4:00pm

 

How are we feeling led today, in this time of uncertainty?

Visioning, discernment, and naming the gifts in our region as we consider our work

 

Friends, Fall Gathering is upon us. We know things are not going to look the way they have looked in the past. Due to the pandemic, some events in the region—Extended Meeting for Worship, Ministry and Counsel’s fall retreat—have been cancelled or postponed. We considered postponing, but we’re going ahead with Fall Gathering on its originally scheduled date.

 

Like Spring Gathering, Fall Gathering will be held via Zoom. Many Friends and Friends’ organizations have found that holding gatherings by Zoom has some unexpected advantages. We have the chance to learn more about who we are as a region, and the opportunity to have more of the region included in our gatherings and in the work of the region.

 

At FSRM’s Fall Gathering 2019, we asked: “How do we live as Quakers in a world with increased acts of intolerance, fear, and hate? How do we live our Quaker values?”

 

Much has occurred in our world since then, and no one has escaped the impact of these events. This fall we are asking: What and how have things changed? What has changed in our Quaker communities? What changes are still needed?

 

We hope to confirm what is emerging in the region. Many of our State of the Meeting reports express the desire to widen conversations in our communities. The co-clerks began to engage in a process of naming which tasks of clerking were ours. We began by considering our gifts and our challenges. We then engaged in this process with Ministry and Counsel.

 

Friends have named some of the Region’s immediate concerns. The rotating schedule that sorts the tasks of organizing Spring Gathering has been problematic for some. Friends are often tapped for more than one task, more than one role, and might wear many hats simultaneously in their home meetings.  The Nominating Committee process that identifies Friends to do the work of the region does not serve us well.

 

Queries that arise are:

·      How can we come from a place of strength—a strength-based way of meeting the region’s needs rather than a lack-based way? Rather than coming from a not-enough-ness, a sense of burnout, and the need to fill positions, we might ask: 

·      What are we good at? What do we have? What can we give? 

·      What are the strengths of our meeting/church/worship group? 

·      What would we like to do, if we could do anything?

 

Some of us use our gifts to repair the world, some of us use them to grow and sustain our meetings: What is our part in the region’s work?



Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting

Fall Gathering

September 19, 2020

8:30am

Tech check-in/optional fellowship/chat/conversation/preplanned meeting groups

10:00am

Meeting for Worship/

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

·      Acknowledgement of the Land

·      Review agenda

·      Roll Call

·      Silent Waiting Worship

·      Reading (from “Welcome to Extended Meeting for Worship”)

 

Morning group time:

Meet in monthly meeting/church groups.

Last year each meeting considered concerns, challenges, and gifts. These were included in the State of the Meeting Reports.

Queries:

·      What has changed, and what may need to be changed?

·      How do we recognize what is needed? Describe your sense of how Friends are called into community.

·      How do we create the Beloved Community? How can we live into being and creating community?

·      Are there practical steps you hope Friends will commit to?  

12:00pm

Lunch/ Self-care/ Optional discussion and group time

1:00pm

Preparation/transition time for 1:30pm session

1:30pm

Afternoon group time

This morning, we met in our monthly meetings and church groups. This afternoon, we will meet in affinity groups formed around the gifts and leadings we named this morning, considering our spiritual gifts as we engage in the emerging work of the region.

 

Spiritual gifts are abilities we have that often seem to come naturally to us. They may stand out as exceptional to others. Friends have gifts for working with children, for managing money, for resolving conflict, for comforting the sick, and more.

 

Sometimes we know our own gifts. Sometimes it takes others to see Spirit at work in us. Recognizing our own gifts and those of others helps us restore justice and repair the world. Can the naming and evoking of gifts within our meetings and churches help us address the region's most pressing needs?

 

 

Queries:

·      What is emerging in our region? How are we called to respond?

·      Where and how do we discern what we are going to do? What are our next steps?

2:30pm

Break

3:00pm

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

·      Report from the afternoon’s affinity groups regarding next steps

·      Spring Gathering Report

·      State of the Region Report

·      Suspension of FSRM rotation schedule

·      (additional agenda items invited)

5:00pm

Optional dinnertime reflections and conversations

 

-- 
Angela Hopkins and Antonia Saxon



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