Summer Sessions 2022
July 24-30, 2022
In Person at Silver Bay YMCA, Silver Bay on Lake George, NY
and Online via Zoom Videoconference
Registration for Summer Sessions is now open! To register, click here.
Please register by June 1.
NYYM Summer Sessions 2022 will take place both online and in person at Silver Bay on Lake George, NY. We gather together every year to create a Blessed Community in which to discern and carry out the work that the Divine leads us to.
You Are Invited!
Everyone, regardless of your level of experience with Quakerism or the yearly meeting, is invited to attend Summer Sessions. At Summer Sessions, Friends gather to worship, play, discern, chat, discuss, learn, and simply BE together with other Quakers. There's a children and youth program, JYM (Junior Yearly Meeting), for those attending in-person. Separate online and in-person worship sharing groups will be formed. Meetings for business and the plenary will be hybrid: both in person and online. We hope to offer intergenerational Community Worship as a hybrid experience as well. Interest groups and committee meetings may be offered in person or online.
Updates, reminders, and further information will be emailed to the NYYM list (to join, click here) and posted online to this page. Remember, the fee for Sessions is Pay as Led, which is designed to enable Friends of differing financial situations to attend and relies on generosity from those who can pay more. The deadline for registrations for those attending in person is June 1. If you register after that date, we can’t guarantee that there will be a room available for you, and lower Pay as Led rates may not be available. So please register as soon as you can!
New: COVID Protocols
This will be the first time we are gathering in person since the COVID pandemic began. As part of our mutual community of care, everyone over 2 years old will be required to wear medical grade (fabric masks may be worn over, but not in lieu of medical grade masks) masks in indoor spaces, except when in their own rooms. Please keep in mind that masks are not just for your own protection, but also for the protection of others. There may be Friends among us who are especially vulnerable to serious disease.
Friends should take a COVID test before leaving for Silver Bay and to stay home if they test positive. Friends are also encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted as they are eligible.
Please note that we will be sharing some spaces on the Silver Bay campus, including the cafeteria, with guests who are not part of the NYYM community. There are screened-in and outdoor dining areas attached to the cafeteria, and take-away meals should be available. The other Silver Bay guests and employees will be subject to Silver Bay's COVID restrictions, which follow the current NY State COVID protocols.
Registration cancellations due to positive COVID tests will be refunded, please read the Cancellations Policy for details.
Being changed, living faithfully: our theme for Summer Sessions 2022 urges us into openness, exploration, reflection, inviting us to meet one another in love and anticipation and with curiosity about how we each will be called to change, to live faithfully.
Steps to Registering for Summer Sessions
If you will be attending online, you can skip these steps and head straight to registration. You will receive a confirmation email after you register.
If you will be attending in person, If you will be attending in person, decide on your arrival and departure dates. The full week is July 24-30, 2022. You can also attend for a half week or single day(s). You may want to consult the Week at a Glance to help you decide.
Determine who you will be rooming with, if possible. Please note that children under 18 must room with a parent or in an adjoining room.
Choose your housing preference using the building and room rate list at nyym.org/lodging.
Parents of children ages 5-18: Read the Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) section below.
Parents of children ages 0-4: Read For children under 5 years old within the JYM section below.
Read the Participant Expectations and Agreements, as registering indicates that you agree to follow them.
Register online. If you cannot register online, or need assistance, please email [email protected] and provide your phone number and times that we can call you. If you don’t have email, please call the NYYM office at 212-673-5750.
You will receive a confirmation email after you’ve registered.
Within two weeks, once you’ve been assigned to a room, you will receive an email with the Pay As Led rate options and a link to make a payment. If your local meeting, regional meeting, or committee will be financially supporting your attendance, you should request that now, and factor in that amount when determining which rate you will pay.
Parents will receive a follow-up email that will include any additional forms they may have to fill out for their children. Parents and children will also receive information from their JYM group.
What is Summer Sessions?
Summer Sessions is a week-long gathering of Friends where we can worship, play, discern, learn, and simply BE with each other. Friends from the New York Yearly Meeting area (NY state, northern NJ, western CT) and beyond get together for a week every year to hold meetings, both business and worship, and to create a temporary Quaker community. This year, Sessions Committee is expecting that some Friends will attend Summer Sessions in person at Silver Bay and others will attend online via Zoom. As many events as possible will be held simultaneously in person and online, with as much interactivity and accessibility as possible.
What is Silver Bay?
Silver Bay YMCA is a conference and family retreat center on the shores of Lake George within New York State’s Adirondack Park. Silver Bay (silverbay.org) is a campus of buildings including an inn, cafeteria, auditorium, gym, and other gathering spaces. There are several residential buildings with rooms available at a range of prices. ALL overnight guests receive a full meal plan at the cafeteria and access to Silver Bay amenities including swimming areas, boat house, craft shop, gymnasium, archery, etc. Day passes can be purchased separately if you choose to stay off-campus or visit just for the day, and may include one or two meals; this is still being decided by Silver Bay. Please note that Summer Sessions is PAY AS LED.
What is Pay as Led?
Pay as Led is designed to enable newcomers and Friends of differing financial situations to attend Sessions together. After registering you will receive a follow-up email or letter with your Pay as Led rate options. The three options are: the standard rate, which covers the cost of room and board; the full rate, which helps others attend; and the minimum rate, which is the lowest suggested amount. The Pay as Led plan relies on generosity from those who can afford to pay more. Read more about Pay as Led at nyym.org/pay-as-led.
What is Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM)?
Children and youth at Silver Bay attend a fun, Spirit-led program each morning, grouped by age and led by Quaker volunteers. JYM gives children the opportunity to experience being in a community with other Quaker kids, living in Quaker values and making lasting friendships. For more, see below.
Here’s the Week At A Glance calendar, subject to change: WAAG - 2022 Summer Sessions. This calendar includes all in-person events, some of which are hybrid or have online alternatives. (Business meetings, plenaries, meetings for worship, and worship sharing will be hybrid or online; other activities are still being decided and will be announced once known.) Note that the full length of each meal time is listed on this calendar in case people wish to stagger their use of the cafeteria to avoid crowds or accomodate the eating habits of young children.
A Preview of the Week
In-person Summer Sessions begins on Sunday with check-in at the Inn, then settling into your room before dinner. After dinner is the introductory opening worship, at which the roll call is held and children are introduced to their Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) groups. Monday-Friday, there's a new morning schedule, with worship sharing moved to right before lunch; see below.
On Monday afternoon committee meetings and the first set of interest groups are held. Monday night is the plenary panel, "Living faithfully invites us to be changed." Tuesday is the day for Meetings for Discernment, extended periods of worship on a set of queries, with time in between for community worship, worship sharing, and our daily bible study. Wednesday afternoon is the Fun(d) Fair, with playful activities run by JYM groups, and the Tagless Tag Sale, followed by Coordinating Committee Meetings. Wednesday night is the contra dance with a live caller and another set of interest groups to choose from. Thursday afternoon will have another meeting for business, and the all-ages talent show known as Café Night is that evening. Friday afternoon offers more time for committee meetings. After dinner on Friday we gather to hear the epistles from the JYM groups and hold a culminating meeting for business while the JYMers hold a bonfire with s'mores at Slim Point. Saturday is the day for in-person participants to travel home, after breakfast and a last meeting for worship.
New Morning Schedule: For 2022, Sessions Committee has approved shifting the morning schedule. Instead of community worship followed by worship sharing followed by JYM and business meeting, we are experimenting with the following changes: community worship at 8:45 a.m. will be followed by both JYM and business meeting, then worship sharing at 11 a.m. The idea behind this is that there will not have to be a break and a moving around of adults between community worship and the following business meeting. This new arrangement is an experiment that will hopefully allow community worship to set the tone for business meeting, as well as save time.
The daily schedule for Monday-Friday this year:
7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:45-9:15 a.m.: Community Worship
9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: JYM Programming
9:15-10:45 a.m.: Meeting for Business (Tuesday: Discernment)
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Worship Sharing
12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m.: Rest and Relaxation
2:15-5:15p.m.: Committee Meetings, Free Time, Special Events...
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
6:45-7:30 p.m.: Bible Study (Mon-Thurs)
7:45-10:00 p.m.: Special events: Plenary, Interest Groups, Contra Dance, Café Night...
Activities and Events
Living faithfully invites us to be changed.
When our lives are not in unity with “who we say we be,” Spirit asks us to “true” our lives to the Truth by aligning and realigning our lives to Spirit’s openings, following paths of greater integrity, faithfulness and wholeness.
Individually and collectively, our eyes are being opened to the Truth of how in our gatherings and sessions we harm Friends whose identities and experiences are different from the dominant Quaker culture. Our experience at Summer Sessions 2021 led us to explore what other yearly meetings are doing to address the impact of racial and other harms that occur in Quaker gatherings.
The plenary panelists, from Pacific Yearly Meeting, will share their Spirit-led experience of developing and piloting “Stepping Stones to Sacred Space,” a process to address and repair racial harms occurring in their yearly meeting sessions. As they listened, their understanding transitioned from “safe space,” to “brave space,” and ultimately to “sacred space,” a space where acknowledging and repairing racial harm leads to healing, love, and unity. Centering Spirit and Spirit’s agenda over the norms of Quaker culture may transform us and our business practices.
We invite you to join the panelists to see how this process can make our meetings more welcoming environments where we fully embrace the ministry and gifts of Friends with diverse identities and experiences. We might be changed. We might live more faithfully.
The panelists will join us via Zoom. Friends at Silver Bay will have the opportunity to gather in the auditorium and Friends joining online will receive a link to the Zoom meeting.
Worship Sharing Groups
Groups will meet either online or in person. At worship sharing, participants are given a query and a chance to explore the query in a sacred, worshipful space with a small group of Friends. Friends attend the same worship group throughout the week. Special interest worship groups are available.
Worship at Summer Sessions
NYYM Summer Sessions provides many opportunities to worship and share with the Peaceable Community. Everyone is invited to attend opening worship on Sunday evening, community worship each morning, meeting for discernment on Tuesday, and closing worship on Saturday, all of which will take place in person at Silver Bay; the planning team intends to livestream or hold these as hybrid events as circumstances allow. Worship sharing groups will meet every morning after business meeting, either in person or over Zoom. In addition, your worship and your discernment are needed at hybrid meetings for worship with a concern for business. Join us!
Interest Groups and Meals with Meaning
Interest Groups are a good way to introduce yourself to a topic or to dive deeper, to learn and to share, and can consist of a presentation, slide show, film, discussion group, or other activity. There will be both on-site and online interest groups offered. Meals with Meaning are conversations or presentations on topics of interest to Friends given during a meal, and will probably only be held in person at Silver Bay.
Do you have a leading, a topic, a skill, an activity that you are passionate about? Would you like to introduce Friends to a subject or deepen Friends (and your own) understanding and experiences? Teach a skill to beginners? Facilitate interaction among aficionados? Share your leading? Build appreciation and understanding of a subject? The NYYM Interest Group Coordinators want to hear from you! Fill out this form to propose an interest group. Groups will be approved in order of receipt and as reviewed by the Interest Group Coordinators with help from the Sessions Committee.If you'd rather make a presentation (or hold a conversation) during a meal, you can facilitate a Meal with Meaning instead! Contact Helen Garay Toppins or Martha Gurvich with your idea.If you have questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]
At business meetings, also referred to as meetings for worship with a concern for business, our Quaker practice is put into action. Everyone present is part of the decision-making body and goes through discernment and the finding of the way forward together. Reports on the recent activities of committees and individuals are also heard. Business meeting is a great way to find out how Spirit is moving around the New York Yearly Meeting. Business meetings will be hybrid, both in person and online via Zoom.
On Wednesday afternoon at Silver Bay, the Junior Yearly Meeting presents the Fun(d) Fair, a fundraising fair that includes games, crafts, and refreshments. At the same time, there is the Tagless Tag Sale, at which you can “pay what you wish” for items donated by Friends. Please consider bringing used items in good condition to Silver Bay so they may be sold at the tag sale. On Thursday evening, the senior high group produces Café Night, an all-ages, talent show during which hats are passed to collect donations. Café Night will be streamed online, and it may be possible to have online performers participate (this can’t be confirmed yet.) Bring your instruments and props and join the fun! All of these events raise money for the NYYM Sharing Fund and Powell House.
Accommodations On Campus
Accommodations at Silver Bay vary in amenities and proximity to the center of campus. Some have private bathrooms and some have shared baths. Rates go down for simpler accommodations and for sharing a room. Visit nyym.org/lodging to view the different housing options and their Pay As Led rates. Please note that unfortunately Hepbron Hall, one of the largest and most affordable buildings on campus, is no longer available.
Rooms generally don’t have air conditioning, phones, or televisions. If you require air conditioning, please contact [email protected].
Children ages 0-5 are free, and there are reduced rates for older children.
Rates per person are discounted if more than two people are sharing a room. Half-week and single night stays are pro-rated. If you will be staying with a roommate(s) or in a family group, please make sure you name each other on your registration forms. If you need a roommate, NYYM will make every effort to put you in touch with someone else who seems like a likely match.
Meals are included in your room fee if you stay on campus. You will be asked on the registration form if you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free when you register. If you have other questions about Silver Bay’s food service and accommodation of special diets, ask Martha Gurvich at [email protected].
Staying Off Campus or Camping
Off-campus camping options include Rogers Rock State Park, near Ticonderoga; find it on www.reserveamerica.com or call 800-456-2267. The nearby Brookwood RV Resort has tent platforms. Friends staying off campus must still pay the Silver Bay daily membership fee and register with NYYM. Lean-tos and tent platforms at Silver Bay are no longer available.
How Can I Get Involved? (Volunteer Opportunities)
Lead an Interest Group or a Meal with Meaning. Do you have expertise or knowledge to share with Friends? Volunteers are needed to lead interest groups and "meals with meaning." If you feel led to run an interest group, contact Martha Gurvich ([email protected]). For meals with meaning, email Martha or Helen Garay Toppins ([email protected]).
Work with children. Junior Yearly Meeting will return this summer (July 24-30, 2022)! We can’t wait to see the children again. As we build our beloved JYM program back, we will need a crew of adults to lead the program. We need art people, games people, experienced old hands and newcomers. What we will have in common is delight in sharing time with children each morning during our time at Silver Bay. If your gifts and inclinations lead you to contribute to the work of the yearly meeting through guiding the children, consider this your opportunity. We will gather remotely for planning purposes ahead of time. We hope our crew will be a mix of young adults, “Second Thirds”, and elders. We expect to share much joy together. Contact Susan Stillman and Ellie Rosenberg at [email protected].
You can indicate on your registration form if you'd like to help make Summer Sessions possible in one of these ways:
Help Friends get around campus. Friends who sign up as golf cart drivers get to drive a golf cart all around campus—AND make it possible for people with limited mobility to attend Sessions. If you are at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license, you can drive a golf cart.
Staff the Healing Center. Are you skilled in the healing arts? Friends create and maintain a Healing Center during the week. Modalities offered may include energy work (healing touch, Reiki), massage, craniosacral therapy, and spiritual counseling. The type of services offered depends on the skills of those who volunteer.
Carry a microphone. Friends are needed to serve as a microphone carrier during meetings for worship, including those with a concern for business. Microphones enable Friends who are both in person and online to hear each other.
Provide technical help. Friends experienced with Zoom meetings are needed to provide assistance to Friends who might need it, both at home and on site at Silver Bay.
Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM)
Junior Yearly Meeting is the program for children ages 5-18 attending Summer Sessions in person. Groups are arranged according to grade, and meet every morning, Mon.-Fri., from the rise of Community Worship to lunchtime at 12:15 p.m. JYM volunteers plan a community-building week of activities for the children, including games, discussions, art projects, and more. JYM is a time for young people to experience a community based on Friends’ testimonies and practices. Age-appropriate, experiential Quaker content is part of the program, and groups will spend some time in quiet worship or worship sharing every day.
For children under 5 years old, Silver Bay offers childcare through their Silver Camp on Monday through Friday mornings from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Parents do not pay for this; NYYM covers the cost. If you might use Silver Bay’s morning childcare, you should complete the NYYM–Silver Bay camp form. It will be emailed to you after you register.
Can my child go to Silver Bay without me? Yes! If your child is under 18, they may attend Silver Bay with an adult chaperone. They must room with the chaperone if possible and appropriate; otherwise they should be in adjoining rooms. The chaperone must be designated by the parent/guardian on their registration forms, and must be at least 10 years older than the young Friend they are chaperoning. The chaperone and the child should know each other reasonably well. The parent/guardian must provide a signed note giving the chaperone the authority to care for their child, to be presented at JYM check-in.
Further In-Person Support
12-Step Meetings. 12-Step Meetings will be held every day during Summer Sessions. 12-Step Meetings will be coordinated by John Scardina. Are you able and willing to facilitate one or more of the meetings? Please contact John at [email protected].
Disability Concerns. Friends who indicate special needs on their registration form will be contacted by the NYYM office to gather further information. Several mobility-accessible sleeping rooms with bathrooms are reserved in the Inn for those using wheelchairs (and their roommates). Other more accessible rooms in the Inn may be reserved by people who need them. Friends who require assistance with personal needs must arrange this assistance on their own, and the person assisting them must stay in their room with them. Please indicate on your registration form if you require help with hearing or movement. Note takers can be provided or accessible locations allocated for worship-sharing groups and committee meetings.
Registration for Summer Sessions is completely online. If you are unable to register online please ask someone you know to assist you, or call the NYYM Office at 212-673-5750 and provide your name, phone number, and a good time to contact you. We will have volunteers ready, willing, and able to provide online registration assistance.
Updates, reminders, and further information will be emailed to the NYYM list and posted to this page. The deadline for registrations for those attending in person is June 1. If you register after that date, we can’t guarantee that there will be a room available for you, and lower Pay as Led rates may not be available. So register as soon as you can! We can’t wait to see you.
If you cancel your reservation by June 10, you can receive a full refund without cost to NYYM. As of June 10, NYYM commits to paying Silver Bay for your room and your cancellation might cost NYYM money. Knowing all this and your own circumstances, you can determine an appropriate amount for a refund. If you are unable to attend because of a positive test for COVID, you will receive a full refund. If you test positive for COVID during Sessions, NYYM will refund the unused portion of your stay.