Fall Sessions 2014, Original Landing Page



Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber
Saturday evening speaker
Credit: www.laurakozlowski.com

New York Quarterly Meeting welcomes everyone to Fall Sessions, to do the Yearly Meeting's business and expand the life and witness of our Society. We encourage Friends to come and share the worship and the fellowship of the gathered Yearly Meeting, to bring your meeting's concerns to the Yearly Meeting's attention and report back the decisions of the sessions. All activities will take place at 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003.


Saturday evening program: Sandra Steingraber addresses Fall Sessions

Hydrofracking, the State of our State, and the Witness of Civil Disobedience

Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber
Credit: Wendy Lynne Lee, Ph.D.

Ithaca Friend Sandra Steingraber is a biologist, a poet, and a tireless activist. Having called out fracking as "the deadly enabler that keeps the whole fossil fuel party going far past the time of its curfew", Sandra will surely make vivid to us the costs of extreme extraction. She may shock us when she tells how vulnerable most New Yorkers are to some aspect of fracking. Sandra will testify to her own journey toward civil disobedience--the continuing blockade against planned gas storage in abandoned salt caverns near Seneca Lake.

The program will take place at 15th Street Meeting House, beginning 7:30 PM Saturday evening.

On Sunday afternoon, Sandra will be available to us to answer our questions and provide guidance as we Friends find our way forward on this critical issue.


Registration — Deadline is November 1, 2014


Online registration form: click here.

Registration instructions

  1. Download the registration form by clicking the following links for the Adult Registration Form and/or the Youth Registration Form.
  2. Fill out the form (a Word document), using the tab key to move through the tables on the form, and then save it with a filename like: Registration-[your name].
  3. Email the completed form to the Yearly Meeting office.
  4. Pay your registration fee:
    • by check—mail with your registration form to NYYM, 15 Rutherford Place, NY NY 10003; or
    • by credit card—click on the link for our online donation and payment page. Enter the payment amount, leave "frequency" as "One Time Only", enter "Fall Sessions Registration" opposite "This payment is for:"; then fill out the rest of the credit card information and click Proceed to Confirmation.

Youth Program

TEEN FRIENDS (7th–12th Grade)

The theme is Green in the City, and we’re not kidding about the “city” part; you’ll be out and about, checking it out. Tour Highline Park and an eco-friendly skyscraper. Hear from speakers active in earthcare. Participate in meetinghouse sleepovers Friday and Saturday nights, do some Spirit/body work with Abby Burford, and tie it all together in a conversation with Mark LaRiviere. (Join in on the Facebook conversation! Search NYYM Fall Sessions 2014 Teen Program.)

SCHOOL-AGE FRIENDS (1st-6th Grade)

Explore the theme of Joy in a Community of Friends. Play get-to-know-you games; learn how Quakers work together; explore the Spirit and one another through art, music, and movement; participate in business meeting; watch movies and put in some time at the playground.

YOUNGEST FRIENDS (Birth – Kindergarten)

Take part in a vibrant childcare programsnacks, stories, new friends, and playtime indoors and out.

Questions? Contact Emily Provance, [email protected]
To register, contact Helen Garay Toppins [email protected]

Our community is not complete without you!

Schedule for Fall Sessions

Friday, November 14

5:00 pm Fellowship
6:00 – 7:00 Supper
7:00 – 8:30 Music and fellowship for all ages

Saturday, November 15

8:00 am Registration, coffee, tea, bagels
8:30 – 9:15 Meeting for worship
9:30 – 11:30 Meeting for business in worship
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Committees – 1 (90 minutes)
2:45 – 4:00 Committees – 2 (75 minutes)
4:15 – 6:15 Coordinating Committees (120 minutes)
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 Program: Sandra Steingraber

Sunday, November 16

9:00 pm Coffee, tea, bagels
9:30 – 10:30 Meeting for worship
10:30 – 12:30 Meeting for worship in business

Fall Sessions agenda

We will consider the following items (as of 10/6/14):

  • Report from Development Committee
  • 2015 Operating Budget
  • Minute on NYYM interim actions, second reading
  • Report from the General Secretary
  • Report from Priorities Working Group


All sessions and meetings of Fall Sessions will take place in Fifteenth Street Meetinghouse, at 15 Rutherford Place, New York, New York 10003. Rutherford Place runs parallel to 2nd Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, and between 15th and 17th Streets, on the west side of Stuyvesant Park.

Friday evening program

Celebrate the gathering of Friends and rejoice in the presence of Spirit among us! Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones through small-group discussions, favorite songs, and gentle movement. Friends of all ages invited and treasured.


Friens Seminary, the Friends school under the care of Fifteenth Street Meeting, has generously offered to provide at no colst all the meals for Fall Sessions except Sunday lunch. For Sunday lunch, we are asking attendees for doncations.

Meeting space & display space

Committees may meet on Saturday from 1:00-2:15 pm and from 2:30-4:00 pm. To request a room assignment, contact Margaret Lew ([email protected]). To request display space, contact Beverly Archibald ([email protected]). Send copies of meeting space and display requests to [email protected].


Hospitality is available with local Friends for Friday and/or Saturday nights by request on a first-to-ask, first-assigned basis. Arrangements must be made in advance. Indicate your needs on the registration form and please register as early as possible. You must register by November 1 for overnight hospitality, meals, or childcare. Coffee, tea, and bagels will be available Saturday and Sunday mornings. Friends Seminary is providing meals on Friday and Saturday free of charge to attendees. Thank you, Friends Seminary!

Places to stay in New York

Vanderbilt YMCA, 224 East 47th St., NY NY 10017; 212 756-9600; ymcanyc.org

Menno House, 314 East 19th St., NY NY 10003; 212 677-1611; mennohouse.org

The Penington Friends House, 215 East 15th St., NY NY 10003; 212 673-1730

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th St, NY NY; 212 677-4800; sihnyc.org

Hostel International–New York, 891 Amsterdam Ave., NY NY, 10025; 212 932-2300; hinewyork.org


15 Rutherford Place is located on a short street between Second and Third Avenues, between 15th and 17th Streets in Manhattan. The entrance faces Stuyvesant Park. Friends can walk three blocks east from the subway station at Union Square and 14th Street, or from uptown buses on Third and Fourth Avenues or downtown buses on Second Avenue. All buses stop at 14th and 16th Streets. Public transportation is also available from rail and out-of-town bus terminals. Shuttle van service into Manhattan from Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports is available approximately every 30 minutes. Most shuttles run daily from 5:00 am until 11:00 pm. Check with the airport terminal that you will be arriving at for details.

By subway: Take a 4,5,6, L,N,Q, or R, train to 14th Street–Union Square and walk 3 blocks east and 1 block uptown. A closer subway station at 3rd Avenue (on 14th Street) is served by the line L.

By bus: Take an up/downtown bus to 16th or 14th Street OR a 23rd or 14th Street crosstown bus to Third Ave.

By car: From the West Side Highway, exit at 14th Street and go east. From the FDR you must exit at 23rd Street or Houston. The 15th Street exits on the FDR Drive have been closed. For more detailed directions visit Google Maps or MapQuest for directions to 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. Parking garages can be found on 15th and 18th Streets and on Third Avenue.

Public transportation information is available on-line at www.mta.info, or by phone. If calling from outside of New York City, dial 718-330-1234. If calling from within New York City, just dial 511.


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