Greetings, Friends — I hope you will be ready to spend some time with Friends at Fall Sessions, December 2nd -4th. We will get to try out a virtual space on Friday night and I hope many of us will join in this new way to be together to get more out of virtual meetings. Of course, we will have the now-familiar Zoom versions of meetings for worship and for worship with business and social meals. No surprise, a major business item will be consideration of the budget proposal for 2023. The agenda is still a work in progress, but I plan to keep you in the loop as that begins to shape up. It will be all Zoom, all the time and this allows us to be together without travel or expense, so it is a great way to join in and try it out, if you have not been to Sessions before. Please come, even for a little while…and bring some Friends.
Quakers share a common faith, based on experience, that every human being can commune with God directly, without the need for any mediating persons or rituals, and that the worshiping community can commune directly with God, as well.
Highlights from NYYM Summer Sessions 2022
- The Epistle, approved at NYYM Summer Sessions 2022. Please read and share!
- The Minutes from Summer Sessions 2022
Videos shared during Summer Sessions
- Opening Worship - Remembering Those We've Lost
- Excerpts from the State of Society Report
- Introduction for the Powell House Capital Campaign
Friends Respond to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Friends in New York Yearly Meeting and around the world condemn the violence in Ukraine. Today, NYYM Clerk Elaine Learnard and General Secretary Steve Mohlke emailed letters of love and solidarity to Friends in Ukraine and in Russia on behalf of NYYM Friends. The letters can be found in the Weekly Update from February 28, 2022.
If you'd like to send a personal message to the Quakers of Kyiv, Ukraine, or read updates from them, you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QuakersKyivUkraine.
Statements made by NYYM-affiliated groups
AFSC: The invasion of Ukraine must be stopped — but U.S. military aid is not the answer
Take Action with FCNL: Condemn the Russian Invasion and Press for Diplomacy
FCNL’s Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
World Council of Churches Appeals for Peace for the People of Ukraine
Becoming an Anti-Racist Faith Community
One of the actions faith communities can take in becoming actively anti-racist is to make a public statement of intention. For those connected to NYYM, the impact of such a statement would go beyond the words themselves, inviting each of us to consider deeply what this might mean for ourselves, our meetings, our communities, and our yearly meeting. In hopes that NYYM will be open to making such a statement of intention, a Draft NYYM Statement on Becoming an Anti-Racist Faith Community came to Summer Sessions 2021 for reflection and the initiation of an extended period of discernment. Please visit https://nyym.org/anti-racism-statement for the full text and further resources.
Statement on Anti-Asian Violence
This is work for all of us, no matter our skin color, gender, or cultural orientation. Spirit tells us we are one, we all have the Light within us, we are all connected. As we deepen our listening, let us ask ourselves: how can I become more aware, how can I prepare myself to act, what actions are mine to do?
Please visit nyym.org/AAPI-statement to read the full statement.
Press Release: NY, NJ, and CT Quakers Condemn Anti-Asian Violence
Anti-Asian violence is anathema to Quaker beliefs of equality, justice, and peace
[April 2, 2021; New York, NY] New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) strongly condemns recent anti-AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) violence. The recent shooting of eight people – six of them women of Asian descent – in Atlanta has made this urgent declaration necessary. The racial and misogynist aspects of this crime cannot be ignored. Quakers cannot be silent in the face of anti-AAPI violence or allow anti-Asian bias to permeate our society.