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November Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business RESCHEDULED

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be moved to the THIRD Sunday in November, 11/21, due to scheduling difficulties. Please have all business items to the clerk by Monday, 11/15, for inclusion.

Gina


Tom Brown

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you all the news of Tom Brown's passing. He passed away peacefully in his sleep early yesterday morning.

Judith is being supported and well cared-for by Tom's children, and the rest of Tom's family members and Judith's children will be arriving this week. Cards and/or notes of concern that are sent to the family home at 5 Rockwell Rd., Newfield, NY 14867 will get to both Judith and to Tom's children - Lenora, Audrey, and Maury. At this time, Judith asks that Friends hold off on emails and phone calls, so as not to overwhelm the family.

A burial for Tom has been scheduled for 1pm this Friday, November 5 at Green Springs Natural Cemetery. All are welcome to attend. Conditions at Green Springs call for boots or other sturdy footwear, as the grass is high and the ground is muddy. There will be an ATV available to transport those that are unable to walk to the burial plot. A reception following the burial is currently being planned, but details are not yet available.

Friends are welcome to be in touch if they have any questions or concerns.

Gina


Link for Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

Join us this morning at 9:15 am for Nancy Riffer sharing her spiritual journey. 

This is a hybrid event. The Zoom link is below or you can participate in person at the Third Street meetinghouse.




To join the Spiritual Journey Zoom Meeting, click this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82589855975?pwd=SGw0TEhVSC9XbWM2bDdHaHlBOHNJZz09

Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975
Passcode: friends

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,82589855975# US (New York)
+16465189805,,82589855975# US (New York)

Or to call in, dial one of the following numbers: 
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)
And enter Meeting ID when prompted: 825 8985 5975

If you are calling outside of the US and need to find a local number to call, follow this link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd6LuDnR7f


Join us for Meeting for Worship Tomorrow

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

Join us for Meeting for Worship tomorrow morning October 31 at 10:30 am.

You can join us in-person at the Hector Meetinghouse or at the Third Street Meetinghouse. Or join us on line for hybrid Meeting for Worship hosted from the TSMH via Zoom. The Zoom link is below.

Thanks,

Barbara Chase


Those joining worship remotely can use a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09

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.
 
To find a phone call-in number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kUqAPE01b

One tap from your  mobile phone:
+19292056099,,372632479# US (New York)
+12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles) 


Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys this Sunday Oct 31

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

Join us this Sunday Oct 31 at 9:15 am for  the next in the series of Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys worship sharing.
(Yes it is usually on the 4th Sunday of the month, but I was out of town last weekend.)

Nancy Riffer will share about her spiritual journey with us, followed by some time for others to share or ask questions.

This will be a hybrid event, both in-person at the Third Street Meetinghouse and on Zoom. Join us at TSMH or online via Zoom. The link is below.

Barbara C



To join the Spiritual Journey Zoom Meeting, click this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82589855975?pwd=SGw0TEhVSC9XbWM2bDdHaHlBOHNJZz09

Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975
Passcode: friends

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,82589855975# US (New York)
+16465189805,,82589855975# US (New York)

Or to call in, dial one of the following numbers: 
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)
And enter Meeting ID when prompted: 825 8985 5975

If you are calling outside of the US and need to find a local number to call, follow this link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd6LuDnR7f


NYYM Mentoring Program is Accepting Young Adult Registrations!

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 


More details...

We are thrilled to open enrollment for the next cycle of NYYM's mentoring program, taking place between November 2021 and July 2022. If you are looking for human connection, space to focus on spirituality and growth, and/or an entrypoint to Quaker practice and process, this might be a really great opportunity for you! You can access the full information packet at https://bit.ly/nyymmentoring2021. Please let Marissa Badgley or Chase Baldwin (the Interim Project Manager) know if you have any questions - mentoring@...

The deadline to sign up for seekers (people looking to be mentored) is October 31. The deadline to sign up for mentors is November 30. The interest form is the same and you can access it at https://bit.ly/nyymmentoringinterest2021. I invite you to sign up AND to share this with others you know who might be interested. 

Here are some initial answers to questions you may have! 

Program Overview
Through the program, “experienced” Friends are paired with young adult Friends (YAFs) who are looking to deepen their understanding of Quaker practice and/or who are seeking spiritual accompaniment, guidance, and/or support on their spiritual/life journey.

Who is Eligible?
Young adults are the focus of this program, and people in high school and people older than 35 who are new to Friends are also welcome to participate. Mentors may be Friends of all ages and all levels of experience.

What is the Time Commitment?
Nine months (November 2021-July 2022) and approximately 40-hours total, with heavier commitment in the first three months. Time commitment includes one-on-one mentoring time, orientation, workshops, and learning opportunities, Before signing up, prospective mentors and seekers should carefully consider whether they can fully commit to the program and its expectations in terms of time, energy, and framework.

How do I Sign Up?
Prospective seekers and mentors should fill out an interest form at:https://bit.ly/nyymmentoringinterest2021 (Seeker Deadline: 10/31; Mentor Deadline: 11/30)


Meeting for Worship this Sunday Oct 24

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

Join us for Meeting for Worship this Sunday October 24 at 10:30 am.

You can join us in-person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or at the hector Meetinghouse.  Or join us for hybrid worship via Zoom at the link below.

Thanks,

Barbara Chase


 Those joining worship remotely can use a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09

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.
 
To find a phone call-in number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kUqAPE01b

One tap from your  mobile phone:
+19292056099,,372632479# US (New York)
+12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles) 


Meals for Barbara and Frank Barry

Bronwyn Mohlke
 

Friends,

The Pastoral Care committee is arranging meals for Barbara and Frank Barry on Mondays each week.  Here is a link to an online sign up:


I think that will take you directly to the signup.  If it asks for a passcode, it is 5786.

We are all set for next week (October 25), but the weeks after that are open.

The only things that Barbara has to avoid are tomatoes and leafy greens.

If cooking isn't your thing, but you would be willing to deliver a meal to them, I will gladly match you up with someone who will cook but cannot deliver!

Bronwyn
607-220-3219
On behalf of the Pastoral Care committee


Candidate yard sign

Treasurer <treasurer@...>
 

Hi all, at Meeting this morning I noticed someone had put a political yard sign on the corner of our property by the Cherry tree. As a tax exempt entity, Meeting cannot directly support any political candidates (this was a sign for Phoebe Brown). 

I will take it down and return it to the candidate, or to anyone who lives in the second ward and would be interested in displaying it in their yard. 

Thanks! 

Pat


minutes from October

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Friends, a little disclaimer on these minutes: I had a computer-related snafu that cause me to lose some of the words that we finalized during MfW. (My own stupidity.)  I did my best to reconstruct the lost bits, and the Clerk feels I’ve done well enough.

Thanks for your patience.

  • Marin

 

 

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

October 10, 2021

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

2021.10.1 Opening Worship

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met on-line, using Zoom remote conferencing service, for Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on October 10, 2021. At 12:40pm, sixteen Friends settled into worship.

Gina Varrichio, Clerk, began by reviewing the agenda. Tom Ruscitti was recognized for holding the Meeting in the Light. (Later in the Meeting, Tom Ruscitti left and Margaret McCasland held Meeting in the Light.)

2021.10.2 Worship Sharing: Worship as Refuge or Refreshment

Clerk read an excerpt from “The Meeting as Covenant Community,” which appears in the collection Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order by Lloyd Lee Wilson (North Carolina Yearly Meeting).

Friends were asked to consider the following queries:

1.                   Do we treat our Meetings for Worship as places of personal retreat or places of spiritual refinement?

2.                   Have you had the experience of being grown and shaped through your relationships with others? Through your relationship with the Meeting? Through your relationship with the divine?

3.                   How can we lean into our identity as a “Covenant Community” rather than as a club of like-minded individuals? Is this even important

Friends reflected on the reading and considered the ways that they grow in relationship with other, the Ithaca Monthly Meeting, and the Divine.

2021.10.3 Trustees: Memorandum of Understanding with Friends Center for Racial Justice

Antonia Saxon read a report from the IMM Trustees. Since 2016, the Burtt House has been used by the Friends Center for Racial Justice (FCRJ). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IMM and the FCRJ has existed since March 2019, and the agreement currently runs until December 31, 2022. Previously, Friends expressed desire to give FCRJ at least a year’s notice about plans to extend, modify or discontinue the MOU. Meeting that timeline would mean that IMM would have to make decisions related to the MOU within the next two months.

Previously, Friends have expressed a variety of thoughts, feelings, and leadings about possible next steps regarding the Burtt House and the MOU with FCRJ. In order to explore the fullness of this discussion while also ensuring FCRJ has the ability to plan effectively for the future, Trustees is recommending:

1.            We will offer to extend the current MOU between FCRJ and IMM for an additional year, until December 31, 2023, and

2.            A MOU Working Group be established to assemble all the comments and concerns about both the building and IMM’s relationship with FCRJ. This group will propose a plan for discernment that offers Ithaca Friends the opportunity to ask questions, to speak to be heard, and to listen to each other.

Friends asked questions about how FCRJ will be included in discussions that pertain to the relationship between IMM and FCRJ. Friends offered that a distinction should be made between IMM’s relationship to the Burtt House and IMM’s relationship to the FCRJ. Friends pointed out that there is currently no entity providing oversight of the MOU or the relationship between IMM and FCRJ. The Clerk cannot effectively manage this discussion for the entire Meeting by herself.

Friends approved the extension of the MOU until December 31, 2023. Friends asked Trustees further consider the proposal for a Working Group and report back to Monthly Meeting in November.

2021.10.4 Communications Committee: Improved A/V System

Nancy Riffer read a report from Communications Committee, revisiting the topic of A/V issues in the Meetinghouse that have been raised in Monthly Meetings from July, August, and September. Since the early months of the pandemic, our hybrid Meeting for Worship has been enabled by a patchwork technology setup that is piecemeal and finicky. Many Friends are eager for a better solution.

The report describes that Communications Committee has consulted with a local audio expert with broad and extensive experience and now has a proposal from this expert, Paul Acosta, for a comprehensive A/V system. This system includes pendant-style ceiling microphones, a mixer/amplifier, wall-mounted speakers, an infrared assistive-listening system, and a wide-angle high-resolution camera. In preparation for today, Communications Committee also prepared answers to frequently asked questions. These were shared over the listserv.

Meeting approves hiring Paul Acosta to install the audio/visual system described in this report, with the understanding that Communications Committee will coordinate with the Third Street Meetinghouse Committee on scheduling and installation

2021.10.5 Closing

At 3:01, fifteen Friends settled in worship before adjourning. Our next regularly scheduled Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be August 8, 2021.

Respectfully submitted,

Marin Clarkberg
Recording Clerk

 


QuakerSpeak tomorrow at 9:15 - 9 Core Quaker Beliefs

Carol Clarke
 

Hello Friends,
There will be a hybrid QuakerSpeak discussion tomorrow morning at 9:15 at the Third St. Meetinghouse and on zoom.  The video is '9 Core Quaker Beliefs'.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning!

Here is a link to the video:





This is the second in a six-part series.   The full series and a link to the first video is below.

Here is the zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82589855975?pwd=SGw0TEhVSC9XbWM2bDdHaHlBOHNJZz09 Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975 Passcode: friends One tap mobile +19292056099,,82589855975# US (New York) +16465189805,,82589855975# US (New York) To join by phone, dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 646 518 9805 US (New York) And enter meeting ID: 825 8985 5975
Here is a link to the video we watched two weeks ago, the first in the series:


Series: Quaker Basics

1. What is Quaker?
2. 9 Core Quaker Beliefs
3. What are the Quaker SPICES?
4. What are your favoridte Quaker Words or Phrases?
5. A Few Favorite Aspects of Quaker Faith and Practice
6. Changing Course for the Kingdom of the Heavens


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


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


Re: Join us for Meeting for Worship tomorrow October 17

Garry Thomas
 

Good. I was thinking of writing to you. 

With thanks, Garry 


On Oct 16, 2021, at 1:43 PM, Barbara Chase via groups.io <bgarden99@...> wrote:


This message originated from outside the Ithaca College email system.

Friends,

You are invited to join us for Meeting for Worship tomorrow October 17 at 10:30 am.  There are 3 options: in-person at Third Street Meetinghouse, in-person at the Hector Meetinghouse, or online hybrid Meeting for Worship on Zoom, hosted from the TSMH. The Zoom link is listed below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Barbara Chase for Ministry and Worship



 Those joining worship remotely can use a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09

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.
 
To find a phone call-in number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kUqAPE01b

One tap from your  mobile phone:
+19292056099,,372632479# US (New York)
+12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles) 


Join us for Meeting for Worship tomorrow October 17

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

You are invited to join us for Meeting for Worship tomorrow October 17 at 10:30 am.  There are 3 options: in-person at Third Street Meetinghouse, in-person at the Hector Meetinghouse, or online hybrid Meeting for Worship on Zoom, hosted from the TSMH. The Zoom link is listed below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Barbara Chase for Ministry and Worship



 Those joining worship remotely can use a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09

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.
 
To find a phone call-in number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kUqAPE01b

One tap from your  mobile phone:
+19292056099,,372632479# US (New York)
+12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles) 


Women's Fellowship link

Kris Altucher
 


Women's Fellowship this Friday at 7 on Zoom

Kris Altucher
 

Women's Fellowship this Friday at 7 on Zoom!
Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants, and join us for an informal online hangout.
Hope to see you there! Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87201790136?pwd=VHYvZXQxK3VqMHh1bGFNUHlZcldNUT09 Meeting ID: 872 0179 0136 Passcode: women One tap mobile +16465189805,,87201790136# US (New York) +19292056099,,87201790136# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 518 9805 US (New York) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 872 0179 0136 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd7qJjIAH


Sunday worship at the Hector Meetinghouse

Tommy Brown
 

It is cool enough that we will need to be inside today and probably for remaining Sundays before Thanksgiving.  Please remember to wear a mask, although we have masks on the table of the entryway if you should forget.

Tom


Join us for meeting for Worship Tomorrow October 10

Barbara Chase
 

 You  are invited to join us for meeting for Worship tomorrow, Sunday October 10 at 10:30am.

You may join us in-person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or at the Hector Meetinghouse.

Or you may join us for hybrid Meeting for Worship online via Zoom, hosted from the Third Street Meetinghouse. The link is below.

We look forward to having you with us.

Barbara Chase for Ministry and Worship


Description:
Join is for this online gathering using a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09

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.
 
To find a phone call-in number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kUqAPE01b

One tap from your  mobile phone:
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Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is TOMORROW: Supporting Docs attached

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Join us for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business Sunday, October 10 at 12:30pm via Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09. (The MfW/MfB link is also available from the IMM website homepage.)


PDFs of the agenda and reports are attached for easier printing, if desired.

Gina


Talk tomorrow with Pendle Hill (Myths of Gender)

Cai Quirk
 

Upcoming talk ‘Myths of Gender’ (online via zoom) at Pendle Hill Quaker conference and retreat center… this Monday 10/4 (tomorrow) at 7:30pm EST. Registration link: https://pendlehill.org/events/myths-of-gender/, description below, there will also be a video afterwards.
Gender, as it is often understood in a binary, is a myth, but it is a myth that we are trained to believe from an early age and influences the way we interact with each other. Quakers believe that there is that of God in everyone, but that doesn’t mean we are inherently perfect in seeing how Spirit is calling each of us to be in the world. To see each other fully, we must resist the harmful stereotypes and stories that society tells and open to ones that embrace the integral and deepest selves of those around us and in the wider world.
If not the gender binary, then what? So many stories in modern cultures center people who are male or female, nothing else. We will explore notions of gender, particularly identities beyond the binary, through the lens of storytelling. Included will be mythic stories and photographs from Cai Quirk’s upcoming book ‘Transcendence,’ and time to reflect and play with our understandings of gender together. Come as you are, whether you are a gender nerd or new to these topics. If you are interested in thinking about gender, or intrigued by myths that tell of communities where gender exists differently, or a fable about how gender was created, come!… there is something here for you.

Cai Quirk
pronouns: they/them or ey/em


Memorial for Martin Jolles this morning / inside a barn

Bronwyn Mohlke
 

Friends,

The memorial for Martin Jolles is taking place this morning at 10:00 a.m.  It will be inside an unheated barn, due to the rain.  It is at 224 Bostwick Road, uphill from the Ithaca school bus garage, almost directly across the road from 7 mile drive.

Bronwyn

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