Saturday, June 25, 2011

Be the change!

OK, one more post on this sunny Saturday morning.

In my life I have spent my fair share of time complaining about how things are getting done, or not done.  I complain, but don't always become part of the solution. It is a bad habit.  I think others share it.  It is easy for me to want something different from my Monthly Meeting, Regional Meeting, or Yearly Meeting.  I know that it is not my best trait. I think that it is the most humbling moment when Spirit, or Spirit in the guise of another person, challenges me to do something, rather than sit on my sorry behind.  I know this scenario intimately.  It is a problem with Spirit, or the gift.

So, here is a challenge.  If you have a concern with how things are going in your Monthly Meeting, Regional Meeting, or Yearly Meeting, consider becoming part of what is being done, rather than what is not being done.  There is room on nearly every committee, including, but not limited to Sessions and Young Adults Concerns Committee.  These particular committees plan and carry through on the conferences and Business Sessions (Silver Bay included!).  They are vibrant, interesting ministries.  If you are new to NYYM, or a regular, please consider serving on a committee.  The downside, or upside, is that once you become involved you will be held to BE the change.  Thing is, as part of one body, and with that of Spirit in each of us, we are all called to serve in some way.

How are you called?

Dare you rise to answer that call???

PS if you are called to work specifically on Young Adults Concerns Committee, or Sessions, PLEASE let me know.  they are looking for new members.

due to technical difficulties...

I wanted to post a photo of the Quaker cemetery in Brooklyn, but I could not figure out how to get it up from my phone/ipad etc.  SO, here it is!

YAY!  I did it!  What a lovely spot!

I hope to see you all in another lovely spot, Silver Bay.  It is the location of Summer Sessions.  If you have any questions, you can go to  You can also email me at  Please try to get a friend to go, maybe someone that has never been...

Peace, Friends, 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Being open to picnics in cemeteries, and meeting new Friends...

I was blessed to worship with Friends at Brooklyn Monthly meeting this past Sunday. It was a nurishing worship, and I felt so grateful to be sitting in that lovely room with the huge windows. The message bubbled up in me, as I was looking at those huge windows, Be Open.
I found the Friends to be welcoming, and I got to meet many, and hope to visit there soon again. One thing that is great at Brooklyn MM is that there are many, many Young Adult Friends there. It felt so vibrant to me. They have several potlucks a year, and they even have Hike. Worship. Hikes. What a wonderful way to be together, get to know each other, spend time in nature and worship at the same time!

After Meeting For Worship, a kind Friend helped me and my family to find the Quaker Cemetary in Prospect Park. Never heard of it? You are not alone, although, there are hundreds of years of Friends buried there, and it is still an active cemetery. It is large, and in smack dab in the park, though well hidden and hard to find. It is not open to the public, but gets opened to Friends a few times a year. What a gem of a spot!

We enjoyed a potluck together. I felt comfortable and welcome. Then we had a worship sharing in the cemetery. There was a query and an advice offered. The sharing was lovely. It was a simple gathering, in an unlikely place that made for special fellowship and Sharing of the Spirit.

Thank you to Broooklyn MM for a great day.

I reminded the Friends, as I remind you, that Summer Sessions at Silver Bay Is fast approaching! PLEASE get your registration forms in ASAP. You can get information on registration on the NYYM web site. You can also contact me if you need. Low on funds? Please do not stay away because of money. You can ask your Monthly Meeting, Regional/Quarterly Meeting, and the Yearly Meeting for financial help. Be careful not to miss the deadline!

I am still trying to grow my followers list. My goal os 26 followers by Summer Sessions. Please invite a friend to follow me! Share me on Facebook! I also welcome feedback on content and format.

Peace Friends,


Monday, June 13, 2011

I wonder as I wander...

Hello Friends!
I have been wandering, and wondering.
***Yesterday I was at Ridgewood Monthly Meetng, and enjoyed a lovely worship. It was serendipitous that there was also a new YAF becoming a member. I tried explaining to him about what I do. I found myself saying, "let me know if you need anything." As it was coming out of my mouth, I knew that was vague. But what is it that YAF need from me? I am looking for input! Please email me NYYM.yafs@gmail, or call me at 607.749.0088 with how I can serve you or have questions you have about my role.

***I am cleaning up the YAF contact list. Please send me, if you have't already, contact info for you, or any YAF, between 18&35, who you think might want to be updated.

***I will be wandering over to Brooklyn MM on Sunday June 19, to worship, and attend a picnic. I hope to see some new, and familiar faces there.

***I would like to set a goal of 26 followers of this blog by July 17!! Can you help me reach that? Can you recommend my blog to someone you know?

***I am helping find a ride for a family with a young child to Summer Sessions. A mother and her son. They live in Northern New Jersey. Can you help?

***There is a great weekend coming up at Powell House, our retreat center. August 19 -21.
It is co-sponsored by CYF, and is part of the Feeding the Fire series. Check it out!! Register soon! Financial Aid is available!! Let me know if you want it. Do not stay away for lack of funds!!

Looking forward to more followers! Spread the word.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's off to Summer Sessions we go!

Hello Friends!
This is a Friendly reminder that it is time to sign up for Summer Sessions at Silver Bay.  This year it is July 17-23.  If you have not gone before, this is a great opportunity for worship, business, fellowship with other Circle of Young Friends (CYF), fun in a beautiful place and OH so much more.  The less expensive rooms fill up fast!  PLEASE register ASAP.  There are funds available to help anyone who would like to attend, but apply SOON.  How to register? 
I am going to register online today at
You can also get a form in this month's Spark and send it in.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask me at this email, or my phone 607 749 0088.
You can also ask Helen at the NYYM office, she knows it all! 212 673 5750.
IF  YOU ARE A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, OR KNOW OF A YAF WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, please note that we are going to have a cluster of rooms on the 3rd floor of the Inn, there are shared bathrooms, with tubs, that can be used. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested.  I have a baby daughter, and I hope we can support each other.
I am looking forward to getting to know you.  I am soliciting ideas for what you need from me, or how I can be most helpful at Silver Bay, but also as YOUR field secretary.  Please spread this widely! I know I do not know all the YAF, so I need your help!
Please do not hesistate to ask any questions.