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In case you are not on the New York Yearly Meeting email list — I’m sending this along so you know that Meeting for Discernment is this weekend and you can still register to attend. And! Powell House still has room for you at the conference:
Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times
@ Powell House, March 4-6, with Brent Bill
Seems like both of these opportunities speak especially to this time of aggression and war. I just wish I could attend them both!!
“You only live once,
but if you do it right,
once is enough.”
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From: New York Yearly Meeting <communications@...>
Date: February 25, 2022 at 4:00:33 PM EST
Subject: NYYM weekly update - news and events for Friends.
Reply-To: New York Yearly Meeting <communications@...>
|This is a weekly update from the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.|
|Today is February 25, 2022. Highlights this week: |
For the list of NYYM local meetings holding worship online, click here.
- Meeting for Discernment is this weekend
- AVP Conflict Resolution Workshop
- Raising Anti-Racist White Children Workshop
- Next weekend: Brent Bill conference, Hope & Witness in Dangerous Times, at Powell House
For a list of other online Quaker worship opportunities, click here.
TONIGHT and TOMORROW:
NYYM's Winter Meeting for Discernment
February 25-26, 2022, online — Register here!
(see more details below in "Upcoming Events")
|For Previously Announced News, please scroll down past Upcoming Events.|
You can still register for
NYYM's Winter Meeting for Discernment
THIS WEEKEND: February 25-26, 2022, online
Register here! Meetings for Discernment are periods of extended, waiting worship designed to discern leadings and strengthen connections in our yearly meeting. The Winter 2022 Meeting for Discernment will be held in three Zoom sessions on Saturday, February 26. There will be a meeting on the evening of Friday, February 25 for first-time attenders and for anyone interested in eldership. On Saturday, there will be two sessions for extended worship on our queries. The final session will be for reflection on what we've heard and what we’ve experienced. Visit the Winter Meeting for Discernment page for the queries and schedule.
|Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)|
Conflict Resolution Workshop
March 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, on Zoom
Tuesday and Friday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET
This 8-session, online workshop consists of a series of exercises which build on each other. Attendance at every session is required.
Would you like to have better, healthier relationships?
Do you wish you could resolve disputes peacefully with family, friends, neighbors or co-workers?
Would you like to bridge the divide in those difficult conversations?
Would you like to become a conflict resolution facilitator?
Now you can.
In this fun, interactive workshop, we learn how to make friends with conflict and communicate better. As you connect deeply with others, laugh and share, you will develop the skills you need to build healthy relationships in your home, workplace, and community.
To Register: email Jackie Labatt-Simon at jackielabatt@... with your telephone number. Suggested voluntary donation of $0-$25; payment by check to AVP Westchester Area Council at AVP Treasurer, 1 Strawberry Hill Court 6-F, Stamford, CT 06902. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
|Upcoming Online Workshops from the Center for the Study of White American Culture|
Raising Anti-Racist White Children
3-part series: March 2, 9, 16, 2022, 7-9 p.m. EST
An online, live interactive workshop for parents and educators offering information and guidance on how to prepare white children in our increasingly multiracial society. The workshop encourages the development of an anti-racist outlook in all children, and focuses on the particular experience of raising white children. Register here.
There is plenty of scholarship aid available for NYYM members and attenders. Contact Robin Alpern at robinalpern@....
A Powell House Weekend Conference
Brent Bill: Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times
March 4, 6:00 p.m. through March 6, 2:00 p.m.
In-Person Event at Powell House, 524 Pitt Hall Rd., Old Chatham, NY 12136
We are living in dangerous times. With the rise of political and public incivility and administrations promoting policies and legislation that go against foundational faith principles, what’s a person of faith to do? How do we keep the faith and find a the right balance of nurturing our souls, living a daily life that reflects our values, and be publicly active in support of those who are oppressed, downtrodden, and starving, literally and figuratively, for some good news?
In this workshop, we’ll explore the themes of Brent Bill’s book Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times: Lessons from the Quakers on Blending Faith, Daily Life, and Activism — from how the first testimonies (peace, equality, etc.) sprang from the daily life and faith of the early Friends to how to be a people of hope in dangerous times. We’ll look at Quaker hope and witness of Friends through the ages to today and how the lessons they learned (and continue to learn) inform our hope and witness today. Register here.
|Introducing the Spiritual Companion Groups Workshop|
For Friends in Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting and open to others from NYYM — a 3-hour, online, very active Spiritual Companion Groups Workshop.
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join at this Zoom link.
Save this link or ID and password in your calendar.
Meeting ID: 882 9638 1572 Passcode: Love
Please do not post this link on a website or social media
This workshop is for Friends in Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting, welcoming others from NYYM, who want to start a spiritual companion group of 1-4 people that meets every 1-3 weeks to support each other in experimenting with the Spirit in our lives. Please invite others who might join you in a companion group.
|Punishment is Not Accountability|
A series on police and prison abolition and futures of justice from the Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston
March 5, March 19, April 2, 3-5 p.m. ET
In "Punishment is not Accountability," participants will explore the spiritual dimensions of police and prison abolition, the carceral system, and healing-focused visions of justice.
Through three workshops, an online community, and opportunities to interact in between sessions, participants will be given space to connect to abolitionist frameworks and movements, with a goal of collectively generating movement and next steps together in this work. You can learn more and register at bhfh.org/abolitionseries
|Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC)|
Section of the Americas Meeting
March 12, 2022 — Online
Registration is open for "Hope and Resilience: Drawing Strength from our Quaker Faith," a one-day virtual gathering of Friends from across the Americas with Friends World Committee for Consultation on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The schedule, speaker information, advance documents, and registration can be found on the FWCC website.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Spring Lobby Weekend
March 12-15, 2022, Washington, D.C.
Spring Lobby Weekend offers young Friends and other young people the tools to be effective advocates and the opportunity to connect with others. The in-person event is at capacity but you can still register as a virtual attendee. Spring Lobby Weekend gives young people an opportunity put their faith into action for the world we seek. Visit www.fcnl.org/events/spring-lobby-weekend-2022 to learn more.
|Upcoming NYYM Sessions & Gatherings|
At Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions, NYYM Friends gather to worship, conduct business, and form a community together. We will meet via Zoom until it is safe to gather in person again.
- The Winter Meeting for Discernment will be held on February 25-26, 2022 via Zoom. Register right now.
- Spring Sessions: April 1-3, 2022, online only. Registration and more info will appear at nyym.org/spring-sessions-2022 and announced to the NYYM email list.
- Summer Sessions: July 24-30, 2022, hybrid online and at Silver Bay YMCA. Info will be shared here.
|Events & News for Youth and Families|
|Raising Anti-Racist White Children|
3-part series: March 2, 9, 16, 2022, 7-9p.m. EST
A workshop from the Center for the Study of White American Culture. See item in "Events", above, for more.
|Quaker Parenting Initiative|
The Quaker Parenting Initiative is dedicated to helping parents find direction and spiritual meaning in their journey with their children, as they love and live with them while seeking how to nurture and guide them. For more information, contact Harriet Heath, Coordinator of the Quaker Parenting Initiative, and visit www.quakerparenting.org.
|Sign up for Illuminations — a newsletter for children and families|
Illuminations is the Children & Families newsletter curated by Joy Meikle and supported by NYYM. You can subscribe here.
|Events & News for Young Adult Friends|
|Quaker Voluntary Service|
A Year-Long Program for Adults Ages 21-30; Applications Due February 28
Quaker Voluntary Service is a year-long Fellowship program in which young adults between the ages 21-30 build intentional community, work full time at social service and social change agencies, and explore themes of spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers. There are currently programs in Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Portland. Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness, and a small stipend. Learn more about applying. For priority consideration, please have your application in by February 28.
Quaker United Nations Summer School
July 4-15, 2022, for ages 20-26, online
The Quaker United Nations Summer School (QUNSS)provides the opportunity for a group of twenty-five young people (age 20-26, though there is some flexibility) to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level, and to witness the United Nations in action. Participants will develop the skills to think constructively about the value of the multilateral system and international politics and develop their interests and skills with other young professionals in the program. There is no cost for participating in QUNSS 2022. The QUNSS will run for half a day, across 10 days. Click here for more info, including links to application materials; apply before February 27.
|Previously Announced News|
Becoming an Anti-Racist Faith CommunityHas Your Meeting for Worship Recently Changed?If your meeting has recently started meeting in person, outdoors, or in any other new configuration, please let us know via email at communications@... so the list of meetings for worship can be kept up to date.
The Draft Statement on Becoming an Anti-Racist Faith Community was introduced at NYYM Summer Sessions 2021. NYYM meetings and Friends are asked to consider whether they are in unity with the statement. To help with that consideration, NYYM is arranging opportunities for Friends to attend anti-racism analysis trainings. To express interest in attending one of these trainings please fill out the Expression of Interest form.
Junior Yearly Meeting will return this summer — Help is Needed!
A crew of adults is needed to lead the morning program for children at Summer Sessions: art people, games people, experienced old hands and newcomers. If your gifts and inclinations lead you to contribute to the work of the yearly meeting through guiding the children, consider this your opportunity. Contact Susan Stillman and Ellie Rosenberg at jym-coordinators@...
Differently Abled Friends and Allies (DAFA)
According to the CDC 1 in 4 adults in the US are differently abled. The Differently Abled Friends and Allies (DAFA) would like to start having a regular weekly Zoom meeting to create a safe and supportive space for people to share and learn from each other's experiences, to grow in community, and to spread awareness. If you would like to know more, please email your name and contact information to nicholenettleton@... with DAFA as the subject line.
Second-Thirds: Connections for Friends Ages 35-59ish
a partnership between Powell House and NYYM’s ARCH program
The second semester of Second Thirds has begun! This continuing series will combine social opportunities with content specifically designed for those of us in the second third of our lifetimes (35-59ish years). Register once (pay-as-led) and attend as many (or as few) parts of the series as work for you from January through June 2022. The series will culminate in an in-person weekend retreat at Powell House, May 20-22. Register for the series here.
Queries for State of the Meeting Reports
The NYYM State of the Society Committee has announced the queries that meetings can use to prepare their annual State of the Meeting reports. Read about the state of the meeting and state of the society process, including a helpful suggested timeline. The letter and queries themselves are here. And please take this survey to provide the State of Society Committee with more information for their report. Meetings are asked to return their responses by April 15, 2022 to state-of-society@....
FCNL Seeks Advocacy Corps Organizers
Are you interested in a paid opportunity to organize your community? The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is currently looking for its next cohort of Advocacy Corps organizers. This is a program that trains young adults ages 19-30 to organize peers to lobby Congress on pressing social issues. The 2022-23 cohort will work to address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous people and support the Violence Against Women Act. Apply today!
Help FGC Plan for the 2022 Gathering
The 2022 Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering, "and follow me." is less than six months away! The Gathering planning is going well and online programs are being created alongside the in-person programs. The always-changing nature of the pandemic is making it difficult to project how many people will attend in person and how many will volunteer. FGC needs your help! You are invited to complete this two-minute survey to help plan the in-person Gathering. Please return this survey by March 7th, 2022.
Planning FUM's Stoking the Fire Retreat
This year's Friends United Meeting Stoking the Fire Retreat is expected to be a hybrid event (with in person and virtual options) from June 3–5, 2022. Those meeting in person will gather in Richmond, Indiana, at Quaker Hill. FUM welcomes your input on specific themes or a particular focus that will shape our planning. Please send ideas to Colin Saxton.
Quaker action for a just world
American Friends Service Committee ACTION ALERTS
Faith and Practice Available
Includes information about at-large membership in NYYM. $10.00 per copy suggested. To order, contact office@... or write to New York Yearly Meeting, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003.
|Opportunities (Jobs & Grants)|
|For young-adult-specific opportunities, please see Events & News for Young Adult Friends, above.|
|Previously Announced Opportunities|Grants Available for Meetings' Witness Activities
The Witness Coordinating Committee has set aside a portion of the Sharing Fund to support the witness activities of individual Friends and monthly meetings. Grants are generally in the range up to $500, and have been used in the past to support such activities as food kitchens, day camps, community movies, and gun-buy-back projects. The Witness Coordinating Committee has set a deadline for the current application cycle of March 31
; applications will be considered shortly before Spring Sessions. Please apply on-line here
. Alternatively, open the application document
, download as a Word document, fill it out and email it to witness-activities-fund@...
. You can also send a completed paper application to the NYYM office: NYYM Witness Activities,15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003
. If you have any questions, email witness-activities-fund@...
.Powell House Needs YOU!
Powell House is seeking a Bookkeeper and a Maintenance Person
to join their staff! Send your letter of inquiry and resume to regina@...
.NYYM Grants for Earthcare and Climate Justice Projects
Grants for $50 to $500 are available to support climate justice-related projects connected with NYYM friends. Click on this INVITATION TO APPLY FOR AN EARTHCARE MINI-GRANT
for more info. Bayard Rustin Residency at Penington Friends House
Penington Friends House is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Bayard Rustin Residency, which gives one year of room and board to a BIPOC artist or activist that is working to end systemic racism and has a need to live in New York City. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.
For more information on the residency and a link to the application visit www.penington.org/rustin-residency NYYM Meeting Houses and Properties Fund Grants for 2022
For building and repairing meetinghouses; under the care of the NYYM Trustees. Application information is here
. Please apply online
. Alternatively, open the application document
, download as a Word document, fill it out and send by email to meetinghouses-application@...
. Applications must be sent to the Trustees by May 1
for grants in that year. Job Openings at American Friends Service Committee
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), based in Philadelphia, PA, has several job openings right now. Take a look!Job Openings at FCNL
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), based in DC, is hiring a Grasstops Advocacy Manager, National Field Organizer,
and more! Visit Work with FCNL | Friends Committee On National Legislation
to learn more and apply.Job Openings at Pendle Hill
Work at Pendle Hill, the Quaker retreat center in PA. They're seeking a Director of Advancement
, Director of Finance
, and Director of Operations
. New openings: Guest Services Manager
- actively manages the hospitality and registration services for Pendle Hill programs and events. Guest Services Associate
- provides event and group support under the direction of the Guest Services Manager. Housekeeping Associate – both full-time
roles providing a welcoming, clean, and safe environment for all scholars, guests and staff.
With several other NYYM Friends, I attended a Roots of Justice Anti-Racism Analysis Training over Zoom last weekend. It was an intense experience. I'm currently feeling both daunted by the work of becoming more fully antiracist and fortified by the knowledge of how crucial it is to do it. Quakers must do this work. Quakers were first known as the "Friends of the Truth," and the truth is that White Supremacy is a lie. Maybe you are interested in attending a similar training; if you're thinking about it, please fill out this form.
Remember to email Quaker-related news for the weekly email or the Spark newsletter. To join the NYYM mailing list, send your address to walter@.... Recent weekly update emails are available here.
Sarah Way, NYYM Communications Director
PS - To donate to NYYM, please send a check written to New York Yearly Meeting to NYYM, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003, or donate online to the general fund here.
|For the list of NYYM local meetings holding worship online or returning to in-person worship, click here.|
For a list of other online Quaker worship opportunities, click here.