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Volume 11 October 2012 Number 5
Editor: Steven Davison





Friends United Meeting's
Forty Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends

Friends United Meeting is sponsoring a program called Forty Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, planned for October 10 – November 18, 2012. The last day is a Day of Discernment in which groups throughout the world of FUM will gather "to prayerfully consider the following queries for reflection":

  1. As you consider the FUM purpose statement (“To energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved and obeyed as Teacher and Lord."), how do you see FUM doing this faithfully in the present?
  2. How can FUM better serve as a resource to your local meeting or church? Your yearly meeting?
  3. As you consider all of the needs and opportunities for ministry in the world, where and how do you sense God is calling FUM to be most involved?
  4. FUM's four strategic priorities are: Leadership Development, Communication, Evangelism, and Global Partnership. As you consider each one, how can FUM more faithfully carry out this work?"

The Day of Discernment is to be the last of four components of the 40 Days of Prayer Experience. The other three are:

  1. Twenty minutes of solitude and silence given over to reading a one-page Daily Devotional, reflection on a daily Scripture passage, consideration of a daily query in waiting worship in the light of Christ, and making notes of spiritual openings and understandings that God may bring to one's attention;
  2. Weekly prayer, with fasting suggested, for FUM's partner projects and field staff members (suggested for Saturdays).
  3. Weekly fellowship groups of four to eight Friends (suggested for Sundays) to discuss given themes.

The full text of the 120-page booklet, soon to be available in printed form for $5 a copy (or $2.50 each for bulk orders of 10 or more), should soon be available from FUM. For further description, go to

John Edminster Fifteenth Street Meeting
NYYM representative to the North American FUM General Board

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Deepening Worship workshop retreat

Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield, MA
Friday & Saturday, October 26-27, 2012

Worship is at the heart of all we do as Friends. Come join others in learning ways to enrich our common worship, the lifeblood of our communal faith and practice. This workshop will be experiential and immediate, and will seek to draw Friends into deeper experiences and understandings of our rich practice as Friends. We will look at how we prepare for worship, how we center down, how to open more to each other and to God during worship, and how to practice discerning between vocal ministry and an impetus to speak that comes from within ourselves alone. As preparation for this retreat, Friends are invited and encouraged to engage with the following queries. Whether or not you feel led to work with these queries, you are welcome to participate in the retreat.

  1. What do you do to nurture your spirit? How regular are you in this practice?
  2. If you are attending the retreat, please practice a spiritually nurturing activity for 20 minutes or more each day. If you do not find the time to do so, without judging yourself, notice what was a greater priority. How does the week’s spiritual practice correlate with your experience of worship each Sunday?
  3. How do you prepare for worship on Sunday morning?
The retreat is an offering in the program series CRACKED OPEN: Going Deeper into the Why, What, and How of Our Quaker Practice, offered by New England Yearly Meeting Ministry & Counsel Quaker Studies Program, in partnership with Friends United Meeting North American Ministries.
Cost & registration: $110; $50 nonrefundable deposit. Click to download the information and registration flyer.


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Christ-centered Friends Worship—
Peace on Earth and Good Will to All

December 8, 2012
Manhasset Meeting House

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: 10 am to 5:00 pm
Place: Manhasset Meeting House, one hour from NYC by LIRR; Manhasset station is two blocks from the meeting house

Manhasset Meeting House


Please join us for a day of refreshment waiting upon the Holy Spirit to renew the spirit of God within as we join together in thanking God for His many blessings; for His mercy, which is new every morning; for His peace, which surpasses understanding; and for His love as demonstrated in the life of His son Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ.

Join us as we come together in His name to seek more of His presence in our lives as we seek His grace to empty ourselves of those frailties which hinder the flow of His love to our neighbor.

For more information or to request special accommodations, contact Jim Schultz,, or 631-285-1073.

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Travel Calendar for Christopher Sammond,
NYYM General Secretary

October 24 – November 11, 2012

1-3 Attend Superintendents and Secretaries Retreat, Richmond, IN
3-4 Clerk FUM North American Ministries Committee, Richmond, IN
24-25 Attend NYYM/NEYM Pastors Retreat, Weekapaug, RI
26-28 Co-facilitate FUM sponsored retreat for NYYM and NEYM on The Seed Cracked Open—Deepening Worship, Woolman Hill, Deerfield MA

3 Facilitate retreat on Discernment in Vocal Ministry for Ithaca MM, Ithaca, NY
4 Visit Brooktondale Worship Group, Brooktondale, NY
9-11 Attend NYYM Fall Sessions, Plainfield and Somerset, NJ

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Travel Calendar for Helen Garay Toppins,
NYYM Associate Secretary

October – November, 2012

6-7 Co-facilitate Quaker Quest, Poughkeepsie Meeting, Poughkeepsie, NY
13 Attend the Quaker Fair at Westbury Meeting, Westbury, NY
14 Attend Quaker prison worship group's reunion, Brooklyn Meeting, Brooklyn, NY
26-27 Co-facilitate Quaker Quest, Wilton Meeting, Wilton, NY
28 Attend New York Quarterly Meeting, Flushing Meeting, Flushing, NY

2-4 Attending Gifts & Challenges, a Gathering for Friends of Color, Providence Meeting, Media, PA
9-11 Attend NYYM Fall Sessions, Plainfield and Somerset, NJ
16-18 Participate in the Advanced AVP Workshop, Brooklyn Meeting, Brooklyn, NY

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Travel Calendar for Gabrielle Savory Bailey,
NYYM Young Adult Friends Secretary

November 4 – December 2, 2012

4 Nine Partners Regional Meeting, New Paltz Monthly Meeting
9-11 Fall Sessions, New Brunswick and Plainfield, New Jersey
18 Fifteenth Street Meeting

2 Dover Randolph Monthly Meeting

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Manhasset Meeting hosts a retreat on prayer

DATE: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
TIME: 10 AM - 4 PM (Bring lunch, drinks and desert will be provided)
PLACE: Manhasset Meeting House (1 Hr from NYC by LIRR - Manhasset station is 2 blks from meeting house)
ADMISSION: A love donation of $10 is requested but all are invited irrespective of ability to make such a donation.

The Quaker Spirituality Center at Manhasset is pleased to present to the local community of spiritual seekers a one day retreat exploring the art of conversing with the Divine, a/k/a Prayer, led by Mary Kay Glazer. Mary is a spiritual director and retreat leader whose gifts have been acknowledged by the leaders of the Quaker community and is in the process of receiving a Master’s degree in spiritual formation and leadership. With her husband Mark Moss, Mary has established a fruitful ministry leading Quaker Couple Enrichment retreats.

While Prayer can be hard to define and often hard to practice, it is a spiritual discipline that brings life to our relationship with God, with those in our faith community, and with all the people in our lives. When we gather we intend to explore the meaning of prayer, reflecting on how God is inviting us into prayer and how we are responding. Please bring to this retreat an open heart ready to receive God’s grace and you can expect to experience a renewed touch from Him in this most important area of your spiritual journey.

For further information, call Jim Schultz, 631-285-1073 or email

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Scarsdale Meeting holding fundraiser for homeless shelters

Scarsdale Meeting will hold a fundraising dinner on Nov. 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Funds will be used to aid five local homeless shelters, providing socks, underwear, and other necessities to their residents. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, and will be sold at the door. For reservations and directions, please send an email to Susan Weisfeld,

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Alternatives to Violence Project Workshop Calendar

Alternative to Violence Project plans the following workshops over the next few weeks:

October 19-21 Basic Workshop Yonkers YMCA, 17 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, NY
October 19-21 Basic Workshop Brooklyn Friends Meeting House
October 19-21 Basic Workshop First Baptist Church, 126 Washington Ave., Bridgeport, CT
October 26-28 Advanced Workshop Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, NY


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Fellowship of Reconciliation is looking for
archival material for a film

The Fellowship of Reconciliation is approaching its 100th birthday in 2015. They want to tell the story of their first century of peace and justice work by creating a feature-length documentary. The film is to be directed by acclaimed independent filmmaker Nancy Savoca and produced by Richard Guay.
FoR is looking for archival photos, audio reels (cassette tapes or other formats), or even video footage of FOR-related events. Donations and materials may be sent directly to them at:
    FOR Centenary Project
    P.O. Box 271
    Nyack, NY 10960
They can scan and/or copy your material for possible inclusion in the film and return it. If used, you will be credited for it. Please label clearly all materials that should be returned.

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Croton Valley Meeting invites you to study with them

Dates: Sundays Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 at 12:15 pm.
Place: Croton Lake Meeting House, Lake Road, Mt. Kisko, NY

Croton Valley Meeting is hosting a study group to discuss A Spirituality of Service: Reflections on a Life-long Journey of Faith and Work Among the World's Poor by Jerry Aker. Jerry Aaker helped establish and manage sustainable development programs in countries around the world for Lutheran World Relief, Heifer International, Agros International, and Church World Service. His experiences and stories give ample opportunity for readers to discuss their own journeys of faith.

Jim Wood will guide the discussions in selected readings from Aaker's book to stimulate reflections on spiritual practices and truth. The selected readings will be copied and given to participants, although Croton Valley Meeting has a couple of copies of the book, which may be borrowed. Please register with Jim Wood before Nov. 11, 2012 so the selected readings may be sent to you in time.

For information, contact Jim Wood at, or 914 922-1559.

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Donate Stamps to Right Sharing of World Resources

Most of us like helping others, especially when we can do so in a way that respects the recipients of our help and doesn't lead to continued dependency on their part. 45 years ago, Friends came up with the idea of Right Sharing of World Resources to do just that. Over the years, the folks at RSWR have learned a lot about how to use dollars to enhance the lives of the very poorest people on Earth. RSWR gives grants to new, small, local non-governmental organizations (often just a couple of people) who, in turn, organize poor women into self-help groups. These groups then administer revolving loan funds to help the members of the self-help groups start small businesses. They also teach very basic business skills and often teach the women crafts they can use as the basis of their businesses.

The original idea of RSWR was to share 1% of our income with those who have so much less than we do. But for some of us, even 1% is more than we have available to share. So we give what we can, and there is even a way to give which costs only a (new) postage stamp.

All it takes is the patience to cut stamps off envelopes that come in the mail and save them until you have a bunch. Then, you
    Send your stamps to:
    Earl Walker (c/o Quaker Missions West)
    Claremont Friends Meeting
    449 Alamosa Drive
    Claremont, CA 91711

Friends who are part of Quaker Missions West sort, package, and sell the stamps to collectors. So far their work has led to donations of more than $50,000 to RSWR and other Quaker organizations.

Almost all stamps are valuable, although some have greater value, particularly those from foreign countries and any postage dated prior to 1930. All stamps, domestic or foreign, are welcome. Stamps should be cut from envelopes with 1/8” to 1/4” of paper around the stamp. For foreign mail or any post (domestic or foreign) dated prior to 1930, include the envelope as well.

With the holidays approaching soon, bringing stacks of greeting cards with them, now is an excellent time to set aside an envelope or a little jar or box for all the stamps that will soon be arriving in our mail boxes. For more information on RSWR, please visit the website


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2011 FUM Triennial Minutes

Click to download a pdf file of the Minutes of the Plenary Sessions of Friends United Meeting's 2011 Triennial, held in Wilmington, Ohio, July 28–30, 2011.


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