New York Yearly Meeting Handbook


This online version of the New York Yearly Meeting Handbook is the definitive version; it was published in 2013. Most pages in the Handbook include a date that indicates the year in which that page was last updated. We update Handbook pages soon after receiving revisions.

Are you a committee clerk? You can click the following link to download a pdf file of our Guide for Committee Clerks, which pulls together a bunch of resources to make your life easier.

Organization. The Handbook is organized by Yearly Meeting sections, plus a Preface, an initial section at the beginning on organization (Part 1), and a final section of guidelines for various aspects of YM committee service (Part 2). If you are unfamiliar with the contents of Part 2, or are new to Yearly Meeting committee service, or are a Yearly Meeting committee clerk, we urge you to review its topics and take advantage of its resources.

Navigation and the footer. You can go to a given page by using the table of contents to the left or by paging through a section using the links in the footer.

  • Clicking on a heading in the table of contents with a triangular bullet opens a tree with separate entries for each committee in that section, or, in the case of Part 2, the various topics covered in Part 2.
    • The table of contents also appears at the bottom of the first page of each section, and
    • the first page of each section includes a list of committees in that section at the top, with links.
  • Clicking on the left and right links in the footer move you backward and forward in the section.
  • Clicking on "up" in the footer returns you to the first page of the section, which includes the Handbook page for that section's coordinating committee.

Printing. You can print an individual page in the Handbook by clicking on "Printer-friendly version" in the footer.

Forms. The links below will download pdf files of the forms used by committees for Witness committee budget requests and for expenses reimbursement. Note that you must log in to the website to access the vouchers. The login panel is at the bottom of the column on the right of all NYYM website pages.

If you have not yet registered with the website, click on Create a New Account, fill out the form, and then email the webmaster at to let us know you have registered. The system automatically blocks your access until we unblock you, because of the large number of "spam" registration attempts. Thank you for your patience.

  • Forms for Witness committtee budget requests (Draft)
  • Vouchers for reimbursement