Martin Jolles

Antonia Saxon


We've received word that long-time member Martin Jolles died yesterday after a long period of ill health. Beth died in July. They had been married for 51 years.

He served on the committee for clearness for our marriage, and I remember his patience and mildness and his smile.

He will be missed.

Antonia Saxon

Meeting for Worship September 12

Barbara Chase


We invite you to join us tomorrow September 12 at 10:30 for Meeting for Worship.

You may join us in person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or Hector Meetinghouse, or online via Zoom for hybrid meeting for Worship hosted from the TSMH.  

The Zoom link for hybrid worship is below and on the calendar at our web page

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evening group to discuss Layla Saad's Me & White Supremacy

Margaret McCasland

We will have our first meeting this Sunday September 12 at 7pm.  Please email me for the zoom link, for other materials, and/or if you have any questions.

We will meet either Sunday or Thursday evenings, probably twice a month (perhaps 3-4 times, but never the first week of the month). These and other details will be decided at this first meeting. I am convening the first session, and getting guidance from others in Ithaca MM re: organizational approaches. We will rotate the facilitation of each session.

Here is my proposed agenda for the first session only. Below that are links to the Circle Way website and a pdf version of "Me and White Supremacy" for those who do not have the book. After the first session, our group will focus on discussing the queries, and it is most useful if people have read the sections of the pdf and the book up to the queries before this first session.


  1. Things to decide

--The Circle Way or other approach, including rotating clerk/facilitator

--Community agreements (see background below)

--Day: Sunday or Thursday?

--Times (7 pm? 7:15? 7:30?  until 8:30?  9 pm?)

--Frequency?  (we had discussed biweekly, but it could be weekly, other than first Sunday or Thursday of the month)

--How much to cover per week? One day’s topic per meeting? With 28 topics, this would take over a year, but we would have time to consider each topic/query in depth (the other group is meeting weekly and covering two topics per week).

--Community agreements and possible Zoom tools: eg, on-line versions of “ouch, whoa and oops”.  (See notes at the end)

  1. Introducing ourselves

Before we get started on the materials from Layla Saad, there is some preparation I would like to suggest, based on workshops I have been in on racism, and on experiences in other workshops where racism came up. The following two queries are only suggestions, and we can decide whether people feel it will be useful to discuss them during our first session.

    None of us like to see ourselves as racist, or to be seen as others as racist. But talking about our relationship to white supremacy can make us feel guilty and/or defensive. I have noticed two ways that European Americans (including myself) often defend or explain ourselves in group discussions of racism or white supremacy in ways which derail the purpose of the discussion. The first is to talk about our personal history with discrimination. The second is to share our “bona fides,” to make sure people know "I am not racist" by telling them how much I/we have done for civil rights, against racism, etc. 

Re: our personal history with discrimination: I first found this in myself and the rest of our study group when we were reading “Waking Up White,” perhaps 5+ years ago: we spent more time talking about our own class and ethnic backgrounds than in answering the questions in the study guide. Similar things happened a few weeks ago in a multi-racial Quaker conference where the comparability (or lack thereof) of discrimination among European Americans based on ethnic groups to discrimination against People of Color diverted the discussion away from structural racism and also resulted in two European American Friends using language offensive to People of Color who were present.

In our own lives, we all have been discriminated against, probably in more than one way, due to class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. For many of us, the impacts have been very deep, and affected us in many ways. However the various ways in which we European Americans have experienced discrimination is not the point of this study group, so I wonder if initially acknowledging our own experiences will both build empathy among us for the many ways discrimination impacts people and also help us keep the focus on exploring our relationship to white supremacy as we work through Layla Saad’s material.

Name (without describing)  2-3 ways you have been discriminated against; briefly describe the event or form of discrimination which was hardest.

Re: sharing our personal history with anti-racism (AKA “bragging”): During lockdown, I watched “Dear White People” and learned this is called “virtue signalling.” A closely related tendency for well-meaning white people is called “being performative.” A third term I learned in the last couple of years is "white saviour". Once I had names for these behaviors, I got better at recognizing when I do them.) 

We are all here because we care about ending racism, and we are all old enough we have probably done some pretty fine things in the past. While what we have done or are doing to dismantle white supremacy is not the reason for this study group, this is part of who we are, so let’s share some of our better selves during the first session, so we won’t feel the need to bring it up as often as we work through the book.

Name (without describing) 2-3 things you have done to help end racism/dismantle white supremacy; briefly describe the one you are proudest of.

Here again are links to the background info:
    link to The Circle Way:
    link to pdf and comments from Nancy RIffer:
This is the document that has descriptions of the concepts and questions. If you are going to use this, I encourage you to copy the questions onto separate pages in a notebook you use to journal. I find that having all the questions together I am tempted to "cheat" and write about the topic in general rather than examine each aspect she focuses on.

The book, Me and White Supremacy has longer descriptions of the ideas and somewhat different questions. There is also a journal that goes with the book. It has the same questions as in the book with a page to answer each question.

If you use the online document, you will get much of what is in the book and it is certainly challenging.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, September 12, 12:30pm

Please plan to join us for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business THIS Sunday, September 12 at 12:30pm. This month's MfB will still be on Zoom. Please use this link to join:

Attached are this month's agenda and accompanying reports.


Third Street Meetinghouse Outdoor Workday this Saturday, 9/11 @ 10am

Carol Clarke

Good morning Friends!
The forecast for Saturday is a warm, sunny day!   Please join the Third St. Meetinghouse Committee for an outdoor workday at the Meetinghouse this Saturday at 10am.   We will do the usual weeding on the patio (Teen Day left it in great shape but they grew back over the summer), gardening, removal of vines from the stucco, and some removal of leaves, etc from parking lot.  Entry into the Meetinghouse to use the facilities is fine, but we will not be doing any work inside.

We would love to see you and reconnect from a safe distance outside on Saturday!

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

A walk in the world, all that gravity, with breath and heartbeat in your ears...  adrienne maree brown

Midweek Meeting this evening

Barbara Chase


Join us for online midweek Meeting for Worship this evening  via Zoom from 6:00pm to 6:30pm with a few minutes of socializing afterwards.

The link is below.

If this link does not work, please go to, click on the Mid-week Meeting for Worship.

If you are interested in midweek Meeting for Worship, but this time doesn’t work for you, please contact Gina or I.


Barbara C

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Re: Earthcare Committee 12:30 today: all welcome

Amala Lane

Please consider joining this action against the auction of NYSEG land:

Horror in Ithaca: See below. The last stretch of natural Cayuga shoreland suddenly to be sold for profitable 'development' instead of cared for by the beloved Finger Lakes Land Trust, as had almost been agreed, when this was overridden by corporate NYSEG -- but if our NYSEG can "develop" this last part for instant profit, then why should anyone be able to say anything more ever, about the burning of the Amazon? 
Strong local action is needed immediately to try to stop the auction.
Please sign the protest forwarded below. Take action as urged below.
Please circulate. --Let's defeat this. Let's keep the last stretch.

NYSEG's Bell Station In Lansing Up For Auction

Compiled by Donna Scott and Suan Yong

Towards the northwest corner of the Town of Lansing is a parcel of lakeshore property known as Bell Station, located between Nut Ridge Road and the former Cayuga Operating Company Power Plant. This approximately-471-acre parcel, owned by New York State Electric and Gas Co. (NYSEG), remains mostly wooded and has 3400 feet (over ½ mile) of undeveloped shoreline, a rare feature in the 11 Finger Lakes, let alone on Cayuga Lake.

Much of the property has been designated by Tompkins County as a Unique Natural Area. The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has been working in good faith for many years to secure this land as a conservation area at a fair price, with full support of the Lansing Town Board and Conservation Advisory Council, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

In late August, 2021, we learned that NYSEG intends to auction off the property to the highest bidder.  The FLLT is unlikely to win an open auction, and the most likely outcome is the development of the shoreline for private homes or other projects. We understand that this decision came from corporate, and not from the local NYSEG offices who have been very helpful with installing Osprey platforms, among other conservation efforts.

The auction is slated for October 11-13, 2021. The listing can be found at:<>

What Can You Do to Help Take Bell Station off the Auction Block?

Strong local action is needed immediately to try to stop the auction.

Signing this petition<> could be a start. Don't forget to share the link on your social media accounts to help spread the word.

Letters by individuals may be sent to:

Send a letter to NY Senator Helming. She is very supportive and wants letters and messages to show others. Public officials and other people to contact are listed near the bottom of this page on our website:<>

Additional Information:
Finger Lakes Land Trust Fact Sheet<>
Cayuga Bird Club letter to NY Senator Helming<>
Aerial Footage of the area<>


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Earthcare Committee 12:30 today: all welcome

Margaret McCasland

First Sunday of the month, always his same link:

Meeting ID: 891 7172 6300
Passcode: earthcare

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,89171726300#,,,,,,0#,,678680# US (New York)
+12133388477,,89171726300#,,,,,,0#,,678680# US (Los Angeles)

Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles)
Meeting ID: 891 7172 6300
Passcode: 678680

FSRM Fall Gathering - Saturday, September 18

Mark your calendars! Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting Fall Gathering will be a day-long, virtual/Zoom meeting to be held on Saturday, September 18.  Registration forms will be released, via email, early next week. 

FSRM Events Planning Committee

Worship at Hector this morning.

Tommy Brown

Worship at Hector will be inside this morning due to likely rain.  Please bring a mask and feel welcome to join us.

Hybrid Meeting for Worship Tomorrow Sept 5

Barbara Chase


We welcome you to join us for Meeting for Worship with Ithaca Monthly Meeting tomorrow, Sunday Sept 5 at 10:30 am.

You have a 3 options. You can worship with us in person at Third Street Meetinghouse, or Hector Meetinghouse, or you can join us on online via Zoom for hybrid Meeting for Worship hosted from TSMH.

To join us by Zoom, click below, or on the link in the September Newsletter that arrived via email while I am typing this, or by going to our website and clicking on the link on the Calendar page

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Looking for a greeter at TSMH tomorrow (9/5)

Bronwyn Mohlke


I am looking for a greeter for the Third Street Meetinghouse for tomorrow morning, September 5.

I will get in touch with you later today with details if you write to let me know that you are interested and have time to do that. 


Annual gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent

Nancy Riffer

This is an invitation for Friends of African descent to gather virtually Sept. 10-12, 2021. Here is a brief announcement and a link to their website for more information.

We gather annually to reflect and give attention to the presence of Spirit in our lives; individually and in community as our ancestors would ordain. To get a sense of our Gatherings please click here! The 2021 annual gathering of FOFAD will be virtual from September 10, 2021 to September 12, 2021. Theme: FOFAD 2021 and Beyond: Identity and Purpose The annual is a time to reflect and give attention to the presence of spirit in our lives.

Zoom Midweek Meeting for Worship Today

Barbara Chase


Join us for online midweek Meeting for Worship via Zoom from 6:00pm to 6:30pm with a few minutes of socializing afterwards.

I have attempted to put the link below, but does not always work when I cut and paste it.

If this link does not work, please go to, click on the Mid-week Meeting for Worship.

If you are interested in midweek Meeting for Worship, but this time doesn’t work for you, please contact Gina or I.

Barbara Chase

September newsletter

Marin E. Clarkberg

Friends, if you have items for the September newsletter of IMMRSF, please send them to me by Thursday evening.


Stay safe,




Marin Clarkberg, IMM Newsletter editor

150 Giles Street, Ithaca 14850  607.279.4722



Quaker Bruh Meet-up Thursday, 6:00 @ Ithaca Bakery

Pat Sewell

The monthly Quaker meet-up for men or those who don’t mind talking with them is meeting this week, Thursday, Sept. 2nd at *6PM* at Ithaca Bakery on Meadow Street.  

There will even be an option for Trivia hosted by a familiar face : )  

Hope to see you there! 



Zoom Mid-Week Meeting for Worship this Evening

Barbara Chase


Join us on  Zoom  for an online only Meeting for Worship this evening, August 25 from 6:00pm to 6:30pm with a few minutes of socializing afterwards.  The link is below or on the IMM calendar at 

If you are interested in an online mid week Meeting for Worship, but Wednesdays at 6 pm doesn’t work for you, let Gina or Barbara Chase know.

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IMM outside work party - Saturday, September 11, 10:00 AM

patricia pingel

The Third Street Meeting House Committee (TSMC) has planned an outside workday at the Meeting for cleaning up gardens, parking lot and patio areas, and possibly window-washing.   Please come and help as you are able!  Work will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday, Sept. 11, and refreshments will be provided.  Bring your own gardening gloves and hand tools (trowels, weeders, pruners etc.) if you have them.  Contact me with any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Pat Pingel

Worship at Hector today

Tommy Brown

As of now, we will start worship outdoors but there is a 40% chance of rain.  Please bring a mask in case we have to move indoors.

August '21 Business Meeting Minutes

Blair Jennings

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

August 8, 2021


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.)


2021.8.1 Opening Worship

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met on-line, via Zoom remote for Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on August 8, 2021.


At 12:34 PM, 9 Friends settled into worship with 8 more Friends joining during the introductory section.


Clerk reviewed the agenda for Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business and recognized Margaret McCasland for holding the Meeting in the Light.


2021.8.2 Clerk’s Report

Clerk shared her continued discernment of the message that underlies this report. If and when it clarifies, she will present the resulting report.


2021.8.3 Communications Committee (Comm Comm): Improved A/V System

On behalf of the committee, Marin Clarkberg posed the following big question:

Does IMM want an improved audio visual (A/V) system for the meeting room?


She then read the report, reviewing the history and current situation related to assisting those with hearing difficulties better access and participate in worship. She reviewed a number of questions, pros, cons and potential costs the committee considered.


The question -- Would IMM like Comm Comm to proceed? – was offered for consideration to those in attendance and shared with the following for context & clarity:

·      Comm Comm pulled together the current “make do” A/V setup but does not see the current technology as a long-term solution... while it has worked to some degree for many months, it has been a source of frustration, for both the operators of the technology and the participants

·      Comm Comm sees limited opportunities to make incremental improvements to such a minimal setup

·      If Meeting wants an A/V system as “a tool that supports and enhances communications,” Comm Comm can undertake the work of generating proposals for IMM to consider

·      If IMM wants Comm Comm to move forward, Comm Comm proposes the following minute:


IMM charges Comm Comm to undertake the work of developing criteria,

exploring options, and coming up with a proposal for an A/V system

for the meeting room in the Third Street Meetinghouse.


Friends settled into a time of worship, after which the clerk invited logistics questions and ministry. Members of the committee responded to questions to provide clarity on equipment considerations, describe the committee’s specific role and process. Friends offered ministry and suggestions related to ongoing discernment about IMM’s desired quality of worship, including considering whether sound augmentation technology is comparable to other common accessibility features (ramp, elevator, etc.) that increase inclusivity in IMM activities.   

Friends approved Comm Comm’s moving forward and the proposed minute.@


2021.8.4 Ministry & Worship – Hybrid Worship in September

On behalf of the committee, Barbara Chase described the most recent uptick in COVID-19 infections in Tompkins County as well as the decision made at July’s business meeting to suspend hybrid worship at IMM for the month of August.


While it is impossible to know if the recent increase in COVID cases in Tompkins County is a short-term spike, or a longer-term increase, Ministry & Worship has concluded that this spike and the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant around the country, is likely to result in more people who are not comfortable coming to in-person Meeting for Worship.


Ministry and Worship believes it is important for IMM to provide an opportunity for all members of the IMM community, including those with impaired immune systems, underlying medical conditions, and other factors, to participate in Meeting for Worship on Sundays. Therefore, IMM will  resume hybrid Meeting for Worship from the Third Street Meeting House for the month of September.


Friends settled into worship and shared ministry out of the silence.


An addendum to the report was offered: the Communication Committee will not be required to coordinate the technology related to resuming hybrid worship; Barbara Chase has offered to clerk the four Sundays in September freeing Gina Varicchio to coordinate technology.


Steve Mohlke volunteered to help with tech management.


Friends received the report.@

2021.8.5 Nominating Committee – Resignations and Nominations

Nominating Committee communicated the following to Gina Varicchio, clerk, who reported this information:

·      Nancy Riffer has asked to be released from Ministry and Worship

·      Dreia Spies has asked to be released from Nominating Committee

·      Both requests are effective as of August


Nominating would like to nominate Dreia Spies to serve on the newly formed IMMPACCT (Ithaca Monthly Meeting Pastoral Care Coordinating Team) Committee.


Friends received the resignation information & approved the nomination.@

2021.8.6 Treasurer’s Report – 2nd Quarter

IMM Treasurer Pat Sewell offered an overview of finances for the quarter, highlighting key points of interest from the balance sheet and budgeted vs. actual expenditures documents. All financial activities (expenditures, donations, etc.) are in line with expectations for the year thus far. He offered a detailed explanation of why it appears as if our insurance costs are significantly higher this year from last; this is related to an accounting change, not a major cost increase. He also reported that the move of 50K of IMM’s savings into the Quaker Green Fund managed by the Friends Fiduciary Fund has been completed.

Questions were invited; none arose.


Friends received the report.@


2021.8.7 Closing Worship

17 Friends settled into silent worship at 2:16 P.M. before adjourning. Our next regular Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be held via Zoom at 12:30 P.M. on September 12, 2021.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Jennings

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