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New York Yearly Meeting

Fall Sessions 2016

November 11–13, 2016

Ethical Culture Society
White Plains, NY
Scarsdale Meetinghouse
Scarsdale, NY


Welcome . . .

Purchase Quarter is looking forward to welcoming you to the 2016 Fall Sessions, an opportunity to worship, enjoy fellowship and carry forward the work of the Spirit in our yearly meeting. It is one of our Priorities as a yearly meeting to be gathered as one body.
    Participation and involvement of Friends from all regions will help to knit our body together. We need your discernment and input as we conduct our business. Agenda items include preparations for the review of our staffing structure, approving the budget for 2017, and a revision to Faith and Practice regarding the use of technology in the conduct of business.

Saturday, November 12: Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Wood Rd., White Plains, NY 10605.

Friday evening and Sunday morning, November 11 & 13: Scarsdale Meeting, 133 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Teens 14 and up will spend Friday and Saturday nights at Purchase Meetinghouse, 4455 Purchase St. (Rte. 120), West Harrison, NY 10604. See below for details on the teen and child programs.


Deadline: the registration deadline is October 28, 2016.

Download the Adult Registration Form
Download the Youth Registration Form
Download the Youth Medical Form
Pay the registration fee

Instructions: To register online, download the registration form from our website (see links above), fill it out, and email it to [email protected]. Then determine the amount (registration and meals plus any contribution to the Equalization Fund). You may pay electronically via our online credit card payment service at: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=a73d2e. Or you may mail your check to the Yearly Meeting office.

To register by mail, fill out the registration form and mail it to Helen Garay Toppins, NYYM Office, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. Include a check payable to New York Yearly Meeting. The registration deadline is October 28, 2016

Registration fees are $25 for adults 18 and older prior to October 28, and $35 thereafter; for youth 17 and younger, the fee is $15 whether registered on time or late. However, please note that child care will not be available for children registered after October 28 if there are no other children in their age group who have registered on time.

Youth Program

Please register by October 28!

Download a flyer about the youth program (0–13).
Download a flyer about the teen program (14–18).

Teens. The teen program, for ages 14 and above, will begin on Friday evening at Scarsdale Meetinghouse, with the gathered community of all ages. Afterwards, teens will be taken to Purchase Meeting House, 4455 Purchase St. (Rte. 120), West Harrison, NY 10604. They should bring a pillow and sleeping bag or blanket/sheets for comfort.

On Saturday morning, they will be transported to Ethical Culture for worship and the opening business session. They will join younger Friends for a Power of Goodness workshop for the rest of the morning. After lunch, they will be doing a service project. They should wear long pants and bring work gloves. They will be joined by teens from Passage of Hope, an organization that provides living accommodations for unaccompanied minors from other countries. The teens will have supper at Ethical Culture, then go back to Purchase Meeting for an evening of exploring ways to deal with stress. There will be ‘self space’ time during which teens can catch up with friends, do homework, or rest.

On Sunday, teens will have breakfast at Purchase, then join the body for worship at Scarsdale. When teens register, a permission form will be sent to be filled out by a parent or guardian, and handed to adult leaders on arrival.

Elementary school children and pre-schoolers will have a program at Ethical Culture on Saturday. Nadine Hoover, Alfred Meeting, will be sharing stories of the Power of Goodness for the teen and middle-school-age children in the morning.

Younger children, ages 4 to 10, will be with Melinda Wenner-Bradley, our Children and Youth Field Secretary. Other adults will be volunteering with them during the day. There will also be a Youth Program on Saturday afternoon for those aged 11-13. Details will be posted on the NYYM website, and will also be available upon request from [email protected].

Sunday morning. All children will be at Scarsdale Meeting on Sunday, the teens arriving from Purchase Meetinghouse in time for worship at 11:00, and an extended First Day School program for younger ones being provided by Scarsdale Friends and Melinda Wenner-Bradley. Childcare for infants and toddlers (up to age 4) will be available if requested by October 28. It will be important to know how many children will be with us, their ages and any special needs. Please register early! If no children in an age group are registered by Oct. 28, there will not be a program for that group. Later registrants will be the responsibility of their parents.


Sessions Schedule

Friday Scarsdale Meetinghouse, 133 Popham Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583
6:30 pm Light refreshments
7:30 – 8:30 pm Multigenerational storytelling program
Saturday Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Wood Rd., White Plains 10605
8:00 am Registration with coffee, tea, and snacks
8:30 – 9:15 Meeting for worship
9:30 – 11:45 Meeting for worship with a concern for business
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 Meeting for worship with a concern for business
2:30 – 4:00 Committee meetings 1*
4:05 – 5:30 Committee meetings 2*
5:45 – 6:45 Dinner
7:00 – 8:45 Coordinating committee meetings
Sunday Scarsdale Meetinghouse
9:00 – 10:45 am Meeting for worship with a concern for business
11:00 – 12:00 Community meeting for worship (adults joined by young Friends at 11:30)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

* Committeee meeting space to be reserved by committee clerks.

Special Friday Evening Program

Our yearly meeting is blessed by having two story tellers in our midst. Janet Carter and Jeannine Laverty will be with us on Friday evening at Scarsdale Meeting from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm for stories. This event is for the entire, multi-age community.


Purchase Quarter Friends will be providing hospitality in their homes. Please indicate any special needs on the registration form. Hospitality requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be filled after the registration deadline of October 28, 2016. There is also a list of local hotels and motels below.


Light refreshments will be served on Friday evening, starting at 6:30 pm. Coffee, tea and light munchies will be available Saturday morning in the registration area at Ethical Culture. Lunch and dinner will be served there; prices appear below. Because meals will be served in the area where plenary sessions are held, we will need volunteers to help move tables and chairs before and after both meals.

On Sunday morning, we will have coffee and munchies at Scarsdale. Lunch will be pot luck, provided by Purchase Quarter Friends. A basket will be out to accept donations if you wish to contribute.

Meal prices:

Saturday lunch $12, $6 under 12
Saturday dinner $18, $9 under 12
Sunday lunch Donation


Childcare for infants and toddlers (up to age 4) will be available if requested by October 28. Parents are responsible for their children during meal times. Please indicate your childcare needs on the registration form. We may not be able to provide child care if you have not pre-registered.


Loomis Mayer will be coordinating transportation to and from the White Plains Metro-North station, the Croton and New Rochelle Amtrak stations, and the Westchester County Airport. Please contact him if you will need to be met: call 914-271-4138 or email [email protected].


By public transport: take the #60 Bee-Line bus, either north from the Mamaroneck Metro-North train station on the New Haven line, or south from the White Plains Metro-North train station on the Harlem line. Get off at Saxon Woods Park and walk one block north to Saxon Wood Rd.

From I-287E or W: take exit 9 to the Hutchinson River Parkway (the Hutch). Go to exit 23 on the Hutch, (Mamaroneck Ave.) and turn right (north), towards White Plains. Saxon Wood Rd. is the first street on the left after the entrance to Saxon Woods Park, which has a traffic light. Saxon Wood Rd. does not have a traffic light.

From I-684S: continue past I-287. I-684 becomes the Hutchinson River Parkway. Continue to exit 23 and proceed as above.

From NY City: take the Hutchinson River Parkway north to exit 23, and proceed as above. Or take the Henry Hudson Parkway north to the Cross County Parkway, then take exit 9 to the Hutchinson River Parkway (northbound) and proceed as above. Or stay on the Henry Hudson, which becomes the Saw Mill Parkway. Exit 20 of the Saw Mill puts you onto I-87N; and from I-87N take I-287 E. Proceed as in the first paragraph.

From New Jersey: use the George Washington Bridge to cross the Hudson. Stay in the far right lane of the upper deck and take the exit immediately after reaching New York. Head towards the Henry Hudson Parkway North, and proceed as above. Alternatively, cross the Hudson on the Tappan Zee bridge (I-87, I-287). Where the two diverge, bear left towards White Plains on I-287, then follow the directions above for I-287 E.

From Long Island: take the Whitestone Bridge into the Bronx, and immediately across the bridge, stay left to get onto the Hutchinson River Parkway. Proceed as in the first paragraph.


By train: Harlem Division line from Grand Central Station to Scarsdale. Meetinghouse is 0.5 miles east, an easy walk, on Popham Road. At the evening rush hour a commuter bus goes east on Popham Road and will stop at the meetinghouse. From Bronx River Parkway: Get off at Crane Road (Exit 12). Do not follow signs to Crane Road, but go straight south 0.2 mile to traffic light. Turn left onto Popham Road. Meeting House is 0.5 miles on left.

From Hutchinson River Parkway: Get off at Weaver Street (Exit 20). Turn right on Weaver Street (Route 125) and go 1.0 mile to Heathcote Five Corners. Bear slightly left on Heathcote Road and go 1.5 miles to Post Road (Route 22). Bear left on Post Road for one short block and turn right onto Popham Road. Meetinghouse is 0.1 mile on right.

Display Space

Given this particular venue, there is no display space. We may be able to make space on or near the registration table for a few flyers. Please be in touch with Roseann Press to see what might be accommodated.

Meeting Space

Requests for committee meeting rooms should be directed to Roseann Press, [email protected]. Please make requests by October 28, 2016. Committee meeting space at Ethical Culture is extremely limited and some rooms may need to have two committees meeting simultaneously. If your committee needs privacy, you may wish to hold your meeting at Purchase Meeting. If you need space at Purchase, committee clerks are asked to manage the logistics of getting their committee members to and from Purchase (i.e., carpooling, directions, etc.).


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