Worship at Hector today

Tommy Brown

Friends, it will be a bit cool this morning but warming up as the day proceeds.  Dress warmly and let's meet outside.

Join Us for meeting for Worship Tomorrow

Barbara Chase


Join us for Meeting for Worship tomorrow, Sept. 26.

You have three choices, all at 10:30am

In-person at the Third Street Meetinghouse, in person at the Hector Meetinghouse, or for hybrid Meeting for Worship online via Zoom, hosted from the Third Street Meetinghouse.

For directions to either Meetinghouse, see our website,

To join us for the hybrid online Worship via Zoom, use the link or phone number below.


Barbara Chase for Ministry and Worship

Online Meeting for Worship
Sunday, September 2610:30 – 11:30am
Weekly on Sunday
Online or via phone (see description for details)
Join is for this online gathering using a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 372 632 479
Password: friends

You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID: 372 632 479 when prompted.
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NYSEG cancels Bell Station auction!

Margaret McCasland

Good news!
The quotes include statements from many of the people we sent letters to per our minute on Bell Station. 

For Immediate Release: 9/24/2021



Governor Secures Agreement with NYSEG to Cancel Planned Auction of 470-Acre Bell Station Landing Parcel, Largest Privately-Owned Undeveloped Shoreline Parcel in the Finger Lakes Region


Governor Directs State Departments of Public Service and Environmental Conservation and State Parks to Facilitate Discussions with NYSEG to Preserve Property and Protect Critical Habitat and Water Quality Along Cayuga Lake


During Climate Week, Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that upstate utility New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) has agreed to cancel an October 11 auction of 470 acres of undeveloped land with 3,400 feet of pristine shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County and will advance efforts to permanently protect the property. Known as Bell Station Landing, the property includes the largest privately owned shoreline in the Finger Lakes and has long been a priority for conservation and public access.


"Bell Station Landing is the largest privately-owned shoreline in the Finger Lakes region, and as we contend with the consequences of humans' impact on our environment, we must consider ways to protect and preserve this unique property for future generations," Governor Hochul said. "I thank NYSEG for stepping up and being a good corporate citizen by willingly agreeing to cancel the land auction. Private development could have irreparably damaged this environmentally sensitive property, and if the auction proceeded, the opportunity to preserve the land for conservation and public access could have been lost forever."


Over the past few weeks, dozens of local property owners, environmental groups, and elected officials have reached out to Governor Hochul's office asking her to intervene to prevent the auction and to explore avenues to protect the property. With the agreement to cancel the auction secured, Governor Hochul is now directing the Department of Public Service (DPS), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to facilitate permanent protection of this parcel and maximize public access. 


Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E said, "NYSEG has long preferred that this parcel of land be conserved, and I thank Governor Hochul, Chair Howard, Commissioner Seggos, and Commissioner Kulleseid for their collaboration and support in resolving this matter. As a resident of the Finger Lakes region for more than 30 years, I understand the importance of caring for our natural resources and being a good corporate citizen. Building sustainable communities in the areas we serve continues to be a priority for our company and this decision will benefit the conservation efforts in the Finger Lakes region for years to come."


Cayuga Lake is a critical resource for drinking water, tourism, and recreation in the region. Preserving Bell Station Landing will help protect critical habitat for plants and wildlife, and greatly enhance public recreation opportunities by providing direct shoreline access to the east side of Cayuga Lake, which is 90 percent privately owned. The lake supports incredible sport fisheries, including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, crappie, yellow perch, sunfish, gar, and bowfin. Cayuga Lake is also designated as an Important Bird Area by New York Audubon and supports a large and diverse population of waterfowl and other birds, particularly during migration and winter. Increased access to unique areas like this provide important economic opportunities to local communities to capitalize on the growing popularity of outdoor recreation, while also protecting the natural buffers that protect water quality. In particular, protecting the lake from lakeshore development and erosion will protect water quality in a public drinking water supply and help reduce the threat of harmful algal blooms. 


John B. Howard, CEO of the Department of Public Servicesaid, "As a native of the Finger Lakes region, I am very much aware of the need to preserve open spaces in the Finger Lakes and preserve unique areas from private development. Given the important environmental value of this property, we appreciate NYSEG's willingness to cancel the auction and look for a way to ensure the property is protected."


Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Working together, private and public partners can protect our natural resources and increase sustainable public access to these special places. I'm grateful for Governor Hochul's efforts to preserve the Bell Station parcel and DEC looks forward to working with the Finger Lakes Land Trust to conserve Bell Station for future generations of visitors to experience and enjoy."


State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "Conservation of Bell Station Landing is a rare opportunity to preserve water quality in Cayuga Lake, expand access for public recreation, and protect Taughannock State Park's viewshed. We look forward to working with DPS and DEC on this important conservation effort."


Senator Pam Helming said, "This is welcome news for the thousands of residents across our region who will be able to enjoy this pristine area of Cayuga Lake's shoreline for generations to come. I was proud to join with so many dedicated people and organizations to achieve this outcome. Thank you to Supervisor Ed LaVigne and the Town of Lansing, Tompkins County, Finger Lakes Land Trust and Executive Director Andy Zepp, Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, and my many Lansing constituents for their advocacy. Thank you to the Public Service Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and NYSEG. And thank you especially to Governor Hochul for listening to our concerns and recommendations, and taking action on a solution that benefits the community and preserves this remarkably diverse natural resource we are so fortunate to have."


Assemblymember Anna Kelles said, "I want to thank Governor Hochul, the DPS, DEC, OPRHP and NYSEG for their commitment to preserve Bell Station, a truly beautiful stretch of undeveloped land with 3,400 feet of pristine shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake with wooded hillsides, cascading waterfalls, critical bird habitat, and rare threatened plant species. Cayuga Lake is one of the last remaining fresh water reserves in the world. Preserving the forestlands will not only protect the lake from land erosion runoff and negative impacts of shoreline septic systems but will preserve the land for tourism and ecological education. I want to thank our community for their powerful advocacy and ongoing stewardship of our natural resources and environment."


Finger Lakes Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp said, "This is terrific news for the Finger Lakes. We are grateful to the leadership of Governor Kathy Hochul, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, Public Service Commission Chair John Howard, and State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid for helping to ensure the future of this lakeside gem. All residents of the region and the state will benefit from the conservation of this special place."


Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne said, "We deeply appreciate Governor Hochul's efforts to ensure this beautiful property is preserved for public use and are grateful to NYSEG for their commitment to working with the local community on appropriate and beneficial use for this property. Future generations of New York State and Finger Lakes residents will hopefully be able to enjoy this land and it's natural resources for many years to come."


DEC and the Finger Lakes Land Trust have proposed acquiring the land and creating a public wildlife management area on the lakeshore portion of the property. Bell Station is recognized as a priority project in New York State's Open Space Plan and designated as "future public access conservation land" in the Town of Lansing Comprehensive Plan. 



Additional news available at
New York State | Executive Chamber | | 518.474.8418

Afghan evacuee grocery card drive

Pat Sewell

Below is a message from Buffalo Monthly Meeting. 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Matt Venhaus <farmingtonscipioquakers@...>
Date: Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 8:46 PM
Subject: [farmingtonscipioquakers] Afghan evacuee grocery card drive
To: FSRM List <farmingtonscipioquakers@...>

Buffalo is expecting 335 Afghan evacuees to arrive. A coalition of five organizations experienced in Buffalo refugee work is collaborating to make this transition as welcoming and easy as possible.  Evacuees do not have access to the same federal programs that refugees have.

Buffalo Monthly meeting has chosen to purchase Aldi's gift cards in $25.00 denominations for these evacuees. This idea was shared with one of the coalition partners (The International Institute of Buffalo) and received with great enthusiasm. We welcome donations from other individuals and other meetings. In addition to individual donations our meeting approved a $500.00 gift frommeeting funds.

For the next six weeks, we welcome donations in any amount for this project. Each week, whatever money is collected will be turned into Aldi's gift cards in $25.00 denominations and delivered to the International Institute.

How it's going so far:
As of the end of our first week, (Monday 9.20.21), $575.00 was collected. 23 Aldi's gift cards were purchased on Monday and will be delivered Wednesday.

MANY THANKS! to all who contributed. If you wish to participate, you can mail checks to:
Sue Tannehill (made out to her with "Afghan evacuees" in the memo line)
8750 Tonawanda Creek Rd. Clarence Center, NY 14032
or use Paypal: sue.tannehill@...
or use Venmo: sue.tannehill@...

With everyone's help, we can assist in welcoming these Afghan evacuees.

Memorial for Martin Jolles / Sunday, October 3

Bronwyn Mohlke


The Jolles family will be holding a memorial for their father, Martin Jolles, at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 3.  It will be at the home of friends of theirs, 224 Bostwick Road, Ithaca.  (immediately uphill from the ICSD bus garage, which is on the corner of Bostwick and 13A/Floral Avenue)

All are welcome.

Minutes for September Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Please find the minutes pasted below and as a PDF attached to this email.

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

September 12, 2021

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

2021.9.1 Opening Worship

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met online, using Zoom remote conferencing service, for Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on September 12, 2021. At 12:30pm and after a technological hiccup, 21 Friends settled into worship.

Gina Varrichio, Clerk, began by reviewing the agenda. Nancy Gabriel was recognized for holding the Meeting in the Light.

2021.9.2 Worship Sharing: Observations on the State of the Meeting

Clerk Gina Varrichio read a prepared report regarding the Meeting’s current state and asked that Friends consider three queries:

  1. Do the above observations resonate with you? Which ones?

  2. What observations have you made that are missing from this list?

  3. Which of these observations do not belong on this list?

Friends shared out of the silence. Notes from the session were preserved.

2021.9.3 Communications Committee: Updates on A/V System

Nancy Riffer presented a report from the Communications Committee. The report highlights five needs: 

  1. the system should improve sound for those who need help hearing and provide teleconferencing ability,

  2. it will be professionally installed,

  3. it needs to be able to be used without an engineer or tech support there, so should be simple and straightforward,

  4. it needs to be versatile, and

  5. security from theft is a concern.

Questions were asked and addressed. Messages centered around the concern voiced by some Friends that the use of tech interferes with the spirit of Friends’ worship and appreciation for the work of the committee.

The clerk noted that the Communications Committee is creating opportunities for a functional, unobtrusive way to do the tech tasks that need to be done--the nuts and bolts. There will be separate conversations led by Ministry & Worship about how to use that tech during Meeting for Worship.

Melissa Travis Dunham of the Communications Committee noted that difficulty with tech and discomfort with tech in worship are two different things. Some, after a year of all computer screen communication, want worship to be computer free, or want that for their children. The committee also noted that the meeting room is intentionally plain.

She said further that the five-page report is very detailed and technical, probably too detailed for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. The Google Doc can be shared. Friends can ask members of the committee for the link. 

Friends received the report. 

2021.9.4 Ministry and Worship: Hybrid Worship in September

Barbara Chase of Ministry and Worship read a report about hybrid worship. IMM will continue hybrid worship through the month of October. In-person worship will continue in the Third Street Meetinghouse linked with online worship, both at 10:30am. Worship at Hector will continue through Thanksgiving.

A new laptop computer will be purchased as a stop-gap until a more permanent solution is identified. Money is available in M&W’s budget for this.

Ministry and Worship proposes that the Communications Committee be empowered to secure a more permanent system, in line with their guidelines document, as soon as possible. 

Questions were asked and answered. Friends received M&W’s report and approved their asking the Communications Committee to move ahead and to come up with one or more proposals for what the system might be.@

2021.9.5 Nominating Committee: M&W Nomination

For the Nominating Committee, Carolyn Kenyon reported the nomination of Ellie Rosenberg to serve on Ministry and Worship. Ellie has also asked to be released from Nominating. 

Meeting accepted Ellie’s leaving the Nominating Committee and approved her nomination to Ministry and Worship.@

2021.9.6 Earthcare Committee: Bell Station Property

For the Earthcare Committee, Elizabeth Keokosky read a report about working with the Finger Lakes Land Trust and other local organizations to preserve Bell Station, a property on the east shore of Cayuga Lake originally purchased for the construction of a power plant that was not built. Sale of the property for residential development is being considered and an auction is currently scheduled for early October. Preservation would be a far better use for the community, the lake and the land, these local groups point out. Earthcare asks the meeting to approve a minute to ask NYSEG to withdraw the auction for purchase and work with Finger Lakes Land trust to preserve the property. 

Friends who are not on Earthcare but who are familiar with the land and the situation spoke in support of the minute. Meeting approved the minute.@

Earthcare further asked that IMM approve sending a letter to officials speaking of our endorsement of this plan. The text of the letter was provided in the report.

Meeting approved Earthcare working with the clerk to send the letters to the representatives listed in the report’s Appendix.@

Join us for meeting for Worship tomorrow Sept. 19

Barbara Chase


We invite you to join us tomorrow September 19 at 10:30 am 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

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 372 632 479 Password: friends One tap mobile +19292056099,,372632479# US (New York) +12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles)

Quaker Women tonight at 7

Kris Altucher

Quaker Women Fellowship this Friday

Kris Altucher

Let's talk!
Quaker Women's Fellowship is starting up again this Friday 9/17 at 7pm and every third Friday after that. Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants, and join us for an informal online hangout. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting
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FW: Hector Potluck

Marin E. Clarkberg

Friends, there is a potluck at Hector this Sunday, please see below.


From: Andre Spies <ASpies@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 9:51 AM
To: Marin E. Clarkberg <clarkberg@...>
Subject: Fw: Hector Potluck


Hi Marin!

I have forgotten how to post stuff to the List Serve. Could I trouble you to do it for me? Many thanks, Dreia 


On Monday, September 13, 2021, 11:19:32 AM EDT, Andre Spies <aspies@...


Come celebrate the harvest at


Hector Meetinghouse Outdoor Potluck


Time: This coming Sunday, 19 September, following announcements at rise of MfW (around 11:40)


All are welcome. Please bring a dish to pass if you are able; otherwise come anyway. We will provide tables and chairs; plates, forks and cups; water and unpasteurized cider. Please bring your own serving utensils.

There is no electricity or running water at Hector Meetinghouse. There is a port-a-potty.

In case of socked-in rain, Meeting for Worship will take place indoors (masks and distancing) BUT we will postpone the potluck one week. Check your email. In case of pop-up showers, we will share food and send folks home with a to-go bag. (In other words, no indoor dining).


It would be helpful, but not necessary, to know how many are coming. Transportation can probably be arranged.


Hope to see you there! 

Dreia 618.203.6793 aspies@... 


Hector Meetinghouse is at 5966 Perry City Rd, town of Ulysses. Please park on the north side of the road only, leaving plenty of space around driveways.


Fall Gathering is this Saturday, September 18!

Bronwyn Mohlke


FSRM Fall Gathering is taking place this Saturday, September 18.  There are more details below, including a link to the registration form.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be shared with all Friends who have registered. For Fall Gathering this year, your co-clerks, the Events Committee and Ministry and Counsel invite us to consider the ways that unconscious bias manifests in Friends' meetings. 

This paragraph is for those of you who do not know what FSRM stands for, and what Fall Gathering is!  FSRM stands for Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting, which includes all of the Quaker Meetings roughly from Syracuse to Elmira, and all the Meetings west of there in New York State.  We have three regional gatherings a year, Winter (in January), Spring (in May), and Fall (in September).  They are typically in person, but are being held via Zoom right now.  Winter and Fall Gatherings are usually one day events, and Spring Gathering is a full weekend event.  As it happens, both of the co-clerks of the regional Meeting are part of Ithaca Meeting!  They are Angela Hopkins and Antonia Saxon.  They would be glad to tell you more if you have any questions.


We hope you have had a restful summer.  Fall Gathering is upon us, and will be held a week from this Saturday, on September 18. This invitation comes late. We hope you will forgive us. The circumstances were unique, and the process has involved much discernment.

Here is a link to the registration form:

We will send the link to the Zoom meeting shortly before Fall Gathering to all Friends who have registered.  If you need any assistance in registering, please contact our registrar, Bronwyn Mohlke, at FSRMRegistrar@... or (607) 220-3219.

For Fall Gathering this year, your co-clerks, the Events Committee and Ministry and Counsel invite us to consider the ways that unconscious bias manifests in Friends' meetings. As a place to begin, we'll consider the letter written by our co-clerks concerning the situation at 2021 Spring Gathering Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. The letter appears below.

Our purpose is to use this situation as an opportunity to examine intent and impact, and to talk about the unexamined ways that white Friends make assumptions about what is important and who is important in ways that can diminish or erase others.

We want to use this letter as a springboard, as an example of the way that Friends can do this work together, looking at the processes that unfold and the actions they take part in, and taking responsibility for racist actions when they happen.

We'll gather in small groups to consider some queries, and then we'll re-gather to share our reflections.

We realize that not everyone attended Spring Gathering. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. And we realize that some may feel this work doesn't apply to you or your meeting. But we want to invite you and encourage you to attend. We absolutely need you! Everybody is important. This is work for all of us.

The Fall Gathering Events Committee + Ministry and Counsel
Donna Beckwith
Chuck and Sally Zelasko
Mary Klaus
Mike Tritto
Bronwyn Mohlke
Gary Barnes
Stuart Bartram
Rebecca Schillenback
Co-clerks Angela Hopkins and Antonia Saxon


The co-clerks want to offer their account of what happened this spring at Farmington-Scipio Spring Gathering during Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Because it happened before the body, in public, it is right to address it publicly.

Before the meeting, the co-clerks had sent a request and reminders for agenda items. At that time, Pat Sewell, the treasurer, responded that a budget would not be presented.

It was decided that Antonia would clerk the two agenda items, and Angela would clerk the Community Conversation that would follow. Gloria Thompson of Manhattan Monthly Meeting was invited to clerk the conversation and Dwight Huey to take care of tech so that all of the Region's Friends could participate in the conversation.

Pat contacted the co-clerks the night before the gathering saying that no budget would be presented, that FSRM had a surplus, and that he wanted to share that news with the region.

Antonia and Angela were expecting two short agenda items along with the treasurer's announcement that we had a surplus.

Antonia, then clerking, was not expecting the longer report. She allowed Pat to continue to talk without stopping him.

This meant that there wasn't enough time for the Community Conversation and that Gloria and Dwight were made to wait.

The treasurer is a white man. Gloria and Dwight are Friends of Color. Although it was not a conscious decision, Antonia's giving the treasurer's report precedence had the effect of treating what the treasurer was doing as more important -- the region's "official" business -- and the Community Conversation, and Gloria and Dwight's time, as less important.

Antonia's failure to see what was happening and to name it for the body forced Angela to intervene. Angela spoke strongly in response to the treatment Gloria and Dwight received.

Many white Friends have a sense that calm, quiet communication is part of the essence of Friends' testimonies, so that when Friends of Color name harm and injustice, they are often dismissed as inappropriate or angry. (A message during the conversation that followed used the term "tone policing." This is what is meant by that term.)

But calm, quiet communication is not a Quaker testimony. It is a practice among predominantly white, unprogrammed Friends. Prophetic voices are part of Quaker tradition.

Our work as white Friends in monthly meetings, the region, the yearly meeting and beyond, is to look at the ways that we perpetuate processes which make it easy and comfortable for us to participate in decision-making and which have the effect of silencing or excluding the voices of those who are different. Differences in race, gender identity, ability, class, and age keep some Friends from being heard. White Friends may not set out to be exclusive, but that is often the result. (This is what is meant by "intent versus impact"). Harm is done and continues to be done.

Instead of using silence as a weapon in a conflict, we can see the conflict as an opportunity being offered to us. We are not doing this work to be "kind" to others. We are doing it to grow closer to our authentic selves.

During Summer Sessions this year, New York Yearly Meeting considered a proposed minute affirming the yearly meeting as an anti-racist faith community. In the year to come, the text of the minute will go out to New York's monthly meetings so that this work can be seasoned. Monthly meetings have more to learn about how to do and support this work. We believe the region has a part in this conversation and this work.

We have shared this letter with you in the hope that you will take the opportunity before Fall Gathering to reflect on the experience at Spring Gathering Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, and on how our biases and internalized ways of being impact the ways we observe and process those experiences. This is not about judging, or deciding who was right and who was wrong. The co-clerks have worked through what happened. Our hearts are clear. We hope Friends can learn from it as we have learned from it.

Your co-clerks,

Angela and Antonia

"Peacemaking doesn't mean passivity. It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. It is about a revolution of love that is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free."

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Martin Jolles

Michael E Simkin

Hi Friends,
I have had word through the (Cancer) Men's Breakfast Club that Martin Jolles passed away this past weekend. He was in hospice in Virginia near his son Peter's. The only address I have is below, but I am not sure if it was Peter's or the address of the hospice care that Martin was in.

1402 Giles Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Mike Simkin
607-387-5174 -home
607-342-0597 -cell

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

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 372 632 479 Password: friends One tap mobile +19292056099,,372632479# US (New York) +12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles) Dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles) Meeting ID: 372 632 479 Find your local number:

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
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