A newsletter for Young Adult Friends, and Families, of New York Yearly Meeting
It is so strange that Spring JUST arrived and now I see Summer fast approaching! Time flies at this time of year. A word about this newsletter. I know that there is a lot of information. I invite you to skim, or to look at the list of articles and choose what is relevant to you. I am not a graphic designer, and soon I will have someone help me with layout, and editing, but until then, use what is helpful to you, and refer back when you need it. Spread it around. Send it to your clerks, print it and post it at your meetings. Use it however it is helpful! We had a wonderful weekend for Families at Powell House May 10-12. It was a full group! The weekend focused on practical tools that Quakerism gives us, and each family walked away with concrete tools that we can use in our family, worship, and life. 36 family members of all ages, 11 months on up, were in each session. It was a success! We ended out time together with a semi-programmed worship, that was centered and grounded. It was lovely. We are in the process of planning at least one more this year, so stay tuned! At Pendle Hill, in June, there is a week long conference for YAF on Simplicity. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet YAF from all over the country. I was there last year, and it was great. It is being offered at an extremely low rate. Please click here for more info.http://www.pendlehill.org/yald. I highly recommend it! You can contact me for more info as well. There may still be time to sign up!!! Summer sessions at Silver Bay is July 21-27. I cannot believe how soon it will be upon us! We are so excited! For those who have never been, Summer Sessions is a week long residential gathering in Silver Bay, on Lake George. There are opportunities for worship, worship sharing, committees, social gathering, business worship, singing, Meetings for Discernment, swimming, you name it. There are worship sharing groups for Families with young children, women, men, and general groups. This is an opportunity to meet Friends from all over New York Yearly Meeting. Call me a Quaker geek if you want, but I also really enjoy Business Worship. Please do not let cost keep you from attending. There is PLENTY of funding available!! I can help you or you can request funding from Helen at the Yearly meeting office firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to ask! You can come and dabble in a variety of things, no need to commit. BUT, if you want to jump in, here are some ways:
Young Adults Concerns Committee is looking for people who would like to help organize Young Adult gatherings and activities.
There are opportunities available to work with Youth at Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) at Summer Sessions this year. Please see the announcement below.
Sessions committee is looking for someone younger than 35 to serve on that very cool active committee
There are opportunities for Young Adults to facilitate Worship sharing groups
You can hold an interest group about something that you are working on, or that is important to you.
You can look at the NYYM Yearbook, in print or online here, and see what committees might interest you. You do not have to join them to attend a meeting, except for a select few.
Keep an eye out for the May issue of Spark, for more information. It has all sorts of helpful information! Or see it online here
Do you have something you would like to share with YAF and Families in NYYM? I would welcome photographs, artwork, poetry, essays, haiku, meaningful quotes and passages, you name it!
Peace and Blessings, Gabi Savory Bailey Young Adult Field Secretary, NYYM—email@example.com
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
What is YACC?
Where has Gabi been? Where is she going?
Upcoming conferences at Powell House, Pendle Hill and NYYM Young Adult Friends
Spotlight on 2 committees (YAY!), Witness Coordinating Committee AND the new YACC Event Planning Sub-Committee
VOLUNTEER and INTERN opportunities, Young Friends in Residence, American Friends Service Committee
YAF Spotlight: Jillian Smith, Saratoga MM
What is going on with other YAF and Families in NYYM?
Help to fundraise to send people (maybe you?) to Chwele YM in Kenya
Volunteers needed at Summer Sessions for JYM
What is YACC?
The Young Adults Concern Committee (YACC) is a committee of NY Yearly Meeting. It is the committee that oversees the Circle of Young Friends (CYF) and the retreats they plan. YACC also plans the CYF activities for Summer Sessions each year. This committee is one way that Young Adults can find voice in the Yearly Meeting. YACC is also interested in the spiritual nurture and care of Friends between 18-35 ish. YACC meets regularly throughout the year on the internet, and also in person at Summer Sessions, and one other annual meeting. Currently sitting on this committee are: Lucas Braun- Old Chatham MM, Rosie Stillman—Montclair MM, Audrey Jaynes—Montclair MM, Jenny Pronto Adirondack/Ithaca/Poplar Ridge MM, Anthony Smith—New Brunswick MM, Alanna Badgley—Poughkeepsie MM, Barbara vonSalis (coopted member) Brooklyn MM. If you have any questions, ideas or concerns please contact a member of YACC. You can also contact me to put you in touch with YACC. Are you interested in getting involved with YACC? They are actively looking for Friends who have gifts in organizing conferences, reaching out to new people, spiritual nurture, recognizing gifts, eldering, hospitality, and community development. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org, or co-clerks Alanna Badgely and Audrey Jaynes.
Where have I been? Where am I going?
April 5-7 Spring Sessions, Locust Valley, NY(That is on Long Island). Truth be told, I love Spring Sessions. It is a low commitment way to see what is happening in the Yearly Meeting. I get to catch up with People that I have not seen since Summer, or Fall. I get to dabble in the committees, and Coordinating committees with no commitment to joining. I do not have the same expense as summer sessions, and less time commitment, but I still walk away connected to the wider Quaker Body. Also, I get to stay with other Friends who I may or may not know yet, for Free! I LOVE staying with Friends and seeing them at home, and getting to know them. It is another gift of travelling, and knowing each other in different ways. If you have not been to Spring Sessions, please consider going. Financial Aid is available.
April 13 &14- Adirondack MM. There was a gathering for Families and YAF on Saturday, and I gave the message at worship on Sunday. It was wonderful to meet new Friends and to see old ones!
April 26-28 Farmington Scipio Spring Gathering, Pan Yan, NY. This is a GEM of a gathering. I never knew it existed! What fun for individuals and families! It is held at a camp in the Central Finger Lakes. Anyone is welcome. There is time to worship, fellowship, and sessions on different things. I do not know what this year is. There is a great Youth Program. My whole family loves it. I have met wonderful people there. Camping is available. If you live in Farmington Scipio RM, or want to see what I am talking about, PLEASE consider going. There are usually a good number of YAF there, as well as families. Kids love it!
May 10-12 Leading a Family Weekend at Powell House This was a Powell House opportunity for the WHOLE family. During this weekend we looked at what tools Quakerism gives us as families and individuals to help us in our daily life. Through story, art, role playing, discussion, small groups, worship and active participation of people of all ages, we explored tools like holding someone in the light, worship/centering, simplicity, clearness committees/discernment and others. We createe a “toolbox” that families and their members can use. There was not be childcare at this weekend, as the children were part of the sessions with the adults. There was time for parents to talk about their experiences as well. This was an opportunity for families to do meaningful Quaker work together!
June 9 and June 22 Gathering of Young Families and Young Adult Friends in Northern NJ.
I am going to host 2 get togethers at my home, in Denville, NJ, near Morristown, on June 9 and 22. We did this last year, and it was a lot of fun. I am hoping that the college ones of you will be home by then. I know June is a crazy time, so i am extending 2 invites. come to either or both, or decline until another one arises at an easier time.
I am inviting you to a BBQ/Potluck. All kids and significant others are welcome! I have a 2 year old, so kids are a plus! I think we would gather around 4:30/5, so that people with kids would be able to get home at a reasonable time. The end time is open. We can put a fire in our chimminea, and chill as long as we want. I have a bunch of games, and we can meet new people in the area. This is a chance to meet other YAF and Families and to see if there is a call for a regularly meeting group. This even is open to 18-35 ish year olds, and families that have young children. Spread the word to others you know! Please Let me know which date you would like to attend ( OR BOTH!) :) You can email me with questions. email@example.com
June 29 Family Day at Easton MM, Easton, NY.
Easton Meeting invites families with school-age and preschool children from all of the Northeastern Regional Meeting to Family Day,Saturday, June 29 - a program of fun, fellowship and getting acquainted. The program will be at our South Meeting House, 227 Meetinghouse Road, Easton. Our schedule is as follows:
10:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Morning Program: After a brief time of Quaker worship and singing - parents, grandparents, guardians and other adult family members will meet for discussion while children will have games and activities led by members of Easton Meeting.
12:15 p.m. Potluck Lunch (Please bring food to share, place settings, and picnic blankets or chairs.)
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Program: Intergenerational activities with parents participating with their children in art, storytelling, games, and other activities.
2:15 p.m. Wrap-up and head for home
This program is presented as a response to parts of three Advices from Faith and Practice: From Advice Five: "Meetings are urged to help parents and children share religious experiences at home and in the meeting for worship and to give them an understanding of the principles and practices of Friends."From Advice Six: "Parents and older Friends are advised to be sensitive to the insights of younger people and to keep a close and sympathetic contact with them."From Advice Seventeen (adopted July 27, 2012): "Friends are advised … to share with our children and others our love for God's creation."
We also recognize that many Meetings do not have a sufficiently large group of school-age children to have a vital and meaningful First-Day school or youth program. We are thinking "out of the box," and hope that this day will inspire other Meetings in our region to find ways for Meetings to work together to communicate to our children our Quaker values and how we have learned to live these values.
To assure that we have age-appropriate activities for all, we are asking for preregistration by June 25: You can do that by calling Bill or Val at 518-677-8934 or 518-469-3467, or you can register on line at our new Quaker Cloud website:
June 30 VIsit to WIlton MM, CT Details to be announced
July 21 Adirondack MM, Glens Falls, NY Young Adult Friend, Margaret Webb will be bringing the message to Adirondack MM the morning Summer Sessions Starts. Adirondack MM is on the way to Silver Bay, so it is an easy stop off. If you have never experienced a programmed meeting, this is a wonderful opportunity. I have worshipped there, and it is a lovely meeting. Please consider coming!
July 21-27 Summer Sessions, Silver Bay.
Keeping Faith: Answering That of God in All Creation
This is the annual NYYM Sessions held at Silver Bay on Lake George. It is a residential gathering for people of all ages where we do our YM business, fellowship, speakers, Junior Yearly Meeting, committees, interest groups, swimming and activities, and worship. There will be much more information coming up soon. If you love Summer Sessions, tell people! If you want to know more, contact me for information. Nyym.firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 20-22-- Bridging the Gap conference, Richmond Indiana
This September 20-22, we will be gathering at Friends United Meeting's headquarters in Richmond, Indiana, to explore what it means to practice ongoing care for and ministry to our youth and young adults. What does it look like to lead a sustainable lifestyle, avoiding burnout while caring for younger Friends? What does it mean to experience the Sabbath rest that Jesus offers us (Matthew 11:28-30)? Gabi will be offering a workshop! Please click on here (http://fum.org/bridging-the-gaps/) for more information. I think it will be great.
Would you like me to come to your Meeting, or Region? Would you like someone to support the work that is already being done there? I am eager to travel to do a program, support an existing program, or simply sit and listen. Contact me at email@example.com
YAF CONFERENCES FOR NYYM ( families welcome! )
UPDATE on the YAF conference Replenishing the Well on self- care, May 31-June 2 Unfortunately, this weekend has been postponed. We will let you know as soon as we can about when it has been rescheduled.
Upcoming Powell House and Pendle Hill weekends www.powellhouse.org
In 2010 and 2011, several of us met the weekend that NYYM"s annual session began at Silver Bay. We had such a good time that we're doing it again in 2013 - opening up Pitt Hall, the ACC, and the campground.
We'd love to see you whether you are going to Silver Bay or not. It will be a weekend filled with visiting, playing ultimate Frisbee, singing, blowing bubbles, playing games, swiimming, and maybe even doing some work projects.
Similar to our New Year's Celebration, Pitt Hall will be the "quieter" buildings, with times set aside for extended worship. You are welcome to come for part or all of the weekend. Just let us know that you are coming so we'll have enough food. We'll end the weekend in time for Friends to travel to Adirondack for worship - so there is no lunch on Sunday.
Explore art-making as spiritual transformation. Nurture your inner life and activate your expressive energies by creating paper arts collages in a variety of forms, including three-dimensional possibilities.
AND, there are still spots left for this program at Pendle Hill! Please look into it. It is a great program!
All young adult Friends (18-35) in the US and Canada are invited to be part of an intensive six-day conference focused on the simplicity testimony. The Continuing Rev_l_tion conference in 2012 was a resounding success, and we are responding to the call from those 30 participants to provide an annual opportunity for young adult Quakers to come together for a powerful spiritual and educational thematic program dedicated to joyful fellowship, deep worship and reflection around our witness in the world, and practical trainings designed to challenge and transform.
Young adults are particularly well poised to become the inspired and effective change agents that are needed in the world, and at its core, this conference is about providing the foundational skills and training to inspire revelation – or revolution – as we strive to live in Spirit-led relationship with ourselves, our communities, and the earth.
There are funds available to help make conferences possible! PLEASE contact me, Helen Garay Toppins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the clerk of your Monthly Meeting to find out how to get financial assistance. Questions about Transportation? Let’s talk. I bet there is a solution!
Spotlight on 2 committees! : Witness Coordinating Committee AND Young Adult Concerns Committee (YACC) event planning sub-committee
OK, SO, in NY Yearly Meeting there are many, many committees. In our Yearly Meeting There are 4 umbrella COORDINATING COMMITTEES that each individual committee reports to. This allows for better order for business, more support and better accountability. The 4 Coordinating Committees are: General Services, Nurture, Ministry and Witness. Each of those coordinating committees is discerns what business will go before the body and is responsible for reporting to the Yearly Meeting Body at Spring, Fall and Summer Sessions. There is also The Meetings for Discernment, which also reports separately to the Yearly Meeting. Each Coordinating committee makes budget decisions and dispenses funds to the committees in its care. They are made up of representatives from each of the member committees, and at large members. The Coordinating Committees meet at each YM sessions, coordinating Committee weekend, and any other time that the committee decides on. These Coordinating Committees (CC) are a great way to know what is happening in various committees, as each committee reports to the CC. They each welcome visitors at sessions, and are able to answer questions about what is happening in the individual Committees.
Witness Coordinating Committee is a great place for those interested in Social Justice, and Peace Concerns. Also Alternatives to Violence Project, and Prisons. They also have committees that are concerned with the Environment. Here is the page from Witness From the NYYM Handbook:
Purposes & Objectives
The Witness Section comprises those committees and representatives to Quaker bodies which try to make visible the traditional testimonies and newer concerns of Friends in ways that extend beyond the Society of Friends. Its work attempts to express beliefs in action. The Witness Coordinating Committee (WCC) functions as an enabling body of the section.
The Sharing Fund, a coordinated annual giving appeal under the care of Witness Coordinating Committee, assembles funds for the use of committees whose primary functions are in the area of projects of outreach sponsored by New York Yearly Meeting. Witness Coordinating Committee establishes goals for the Sharing Fund based on the recommendation of its constituent committees and exercises general oversight of the fund.
Alternatives to Violence Project, American Friends Service Committee, Barrington Dunbar Fund, Black Concerns, Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, Committee on Conscientious Objection to Paying for War, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends Peace Teams, Indian Affairs, Prisons, William Penn House, World Ministries
American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends Peace Team Project, Meeting the Minimum Needs of All, National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, National Religious Campaign against Torture, New Jersey Council of Churches , New York State Council of Churches, Peace Concerns Coordinator, Quaker Earthcare Witness, Rural and Migrant Ministry, William Penn House
Functions & Activities
The Witness Coordinating Committee supports and oversees the work of committees of the Witness Section, as well as their relations with others in the Yearly Meeting. It considers concerns brought by individual Friends, monthly and regional meetings, and other groups within and outside the Society of Friends. It fosters communication among those with related concerns and tries to help in clarifying issues and in facilitating their presentation to Friends. The Witness Activities Fund is administered by Witness Coordinating Committee. Witness Coordinating Committee appoints task groups as needed.
Does Witness Coordinating Committee sound interesting to you?? Ask me! Gabi Savory Bailey email@example.com Or speak to co-clerk of Nominating Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND, Because this is an EXTRA SPECIAL edition... Here is a sub committee that you might be interested in!
Young Adult Concerns Committee (YACC) event planning sub-committee
The Young Adult Concerns Committee (YACC) is seeking Friends aged 18-35 who are interesting in helping plan and realize events for the Young Adult Friends (YAF) of our Yearly Meeting. Do you know any such YAF who are seeking to become more involved in the life of the Yearly Meeting? Anyone who has a gift for event logistics, creative planning, promotion work, or the conducting of gatherings? We seek both younger and older YAF and YAF from all regions of our Yearly Meeting, because we want to plan events that are relevant for all.
Please advertise this newly formed YAF Planning Committee in your Monthly Meeting. Even if you are not a Young Adult Friend, we would love to have you contribute to our events as a guest speaker or workshop leader.
All those interested should contact the clerks of YACC, Audrey Jaynes and Alanna Badgley, by emailing them at the following addresses:
Planning Committee is responsible for the organizing and coordinating of community events, especially retreats. For each event, they will set the date, create the program, invite the speakers, promote the event, plan a schedule, run the retreat, and do any necessary follow-up. The Young Adult Concerns Committee will work with Planning Committee to help book the venue, hire the cook, handle registration, and create and distribute a ride list.
Planning Committee is responsible for three Yearly Meeting wide retreats each year, as well as developing and running YAF focused programming at Summer Sessions. The planning of regional events is encouraged but not required. Planning Committee is not responsible for fundraising for events. That responsibility belongs to YACC.
Planning Committee is a subcommittee of YACC, but is open to all Young Adults in the Yearly Meeting. However, Planning Committee always includes at least one member of YACC who can report back to the supercommittee.
Volunteer and Intern Opportunities Abound!
Young Friends in Residence (YFIR)
Are you interested in living in a Quaker community with other young adult Friends? If so, then Young Friends In Residence (YFIR) may be the perfect program for you!
We are looking for young adult interns who will live in intentional community with 1-2 other interns. Work includes developing youth and adult programs focused on creating a space for friends of all ages to experience, live in and respond to Spirit. Interns are encouraged to immerse themselves in the local community and participate in the life of Perry City Monthly Meeting and the wider Quaker Community. An openness to grow and deepen spiritually is required as is experience in Quaker practices.
If you have any questions, or want to request more information, including a more extensive job description and an application, please email us at YFIRwg@gmail.com
American Friends Service Committee has many opportunities to volunteer, and to intern. Learn more at www.afsc.org
Spot light on a NYYM Young Adult Friend: Jillian Smith, Saratoga MM
How did you come to Quakerism and why did you stay? My family brought me to Quakerism in search of something. I stayed because "I met a lot of good people and called them F/friends."
What Quaker work have you done, or do you do? I work for Powell House as a youth co-facilitator, and as a host/facilities director for private school groups. I am a reading clerk for NYYM and I'm weighing whether I'm led to serve on the Yearly Meeting Youth Committee. I'm also on Buildings and Grounds and First Day School Committees for my Monthly Meeting. I created and maintain Saratoga Meeting's facebook page.
What is a gift of Quakerism for you? A gift of Quakerism is a skill or trait of a person. It could be a strong, present silence, or an ability to install solar panels, or a passion for farming. Making coffee every First Day is a beautiful gift I've been especially grateful for lately.
What is a challenge of Quakerism for you? Fully living into each testimony in today's world is quite a challenge; from what kind of laundry detergent to buy, to what food to eat, to the words I choose to use and whether it's my animal nature to be red in the tongue, tooth and claw.
How does Quakerism impact your life work? Quakerism and my passion for all spiritual conversations and text affects where I work and what I eat. I switched careers because of the destructive nature in my old work. I'm now in people care. I was in sales and I took some time to have some epiphanies on an organic farm. Now I'm doing people care as a nurse assistant. I have to live and work to my Truth, which no longer includes the work I was doing before. GMO free organic farming is my hobby.
Know a young adult, or parent of a young family, who is doing good work? Let me know, so I can include them. email@example.com
What’s going on with YAFs and families in the Yearly Meeting?
These are examples of gatherings past and present. If you see something interesting, see me and I will set you up with a contact person.
15th Street MM- Friends under 40 (anyone is invited) meet once a month after Meeting for Worship, choose a local eatery (inexpensive preferably) and walk to lunch. It is a very informal gathering, for fellowship and food.
Brooklyn MM- Young Adult Friends meet for a potluck once a month at the home of one of the YAF from the meeting. There is time for food, worship and fellowship. At least once a year there is also a gathering in the old Quaker cemetery in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, for a picnic, and sometimes worship. They also organize hikes, and other excursions outside of the city.
Ithaca area MM -- YA Friends gather once a month at Burtt House, a property owned by Ithaca Monthly Meeting, in Ithaca. They have a potluck and fellowship.
Rochester MM Parents worship sharing-- Rochester Friends met for an hour of parents' worship sharing while their children engage in an activity downstairs. The meeting begins with silent worship, followed by individual check in, then a query and worship sharing. Afterwards there is a family pot luck dinner.
Rochester MM family worship--This was an experiment in a monthly opportunity for semi-programmed Worship for people of all ages.
Brooktondale worship group--This group is under the care of Poplar Ridge Monthly Meeting. They meet the first Sunday of the month at a community center. People of ALL AGES are welcome. The format will be very simple. It will start with a query, prayer, scripture, poem or song to help lead us into worship together. Then we will sit together and share as led until 5PM.
Princeton area worship group --Friends gather at the home of one of the members for worship once a week.
NJ/AFRM family worship and potluck--This fall, five families with children ranging from 18 months to high school age, met for worship sharing, a potluck and fellowship. We had the worship sharing in the nursery, all we welcome to participate. The younger ones of us popped in and out. It was a great opportunity to meet other families, and get to know each other a little better. We hope to do it again.
All Friends Regional Meeting Arts Day--All Friends Regional Meeting experimented with forging and nurturing friendships among Friends across the region and generations by conducting an Arts Day at Chatham Summit Monthly Meeting one late Saturday afternoon and evening in April of 2012. It was a resounding success with 48 children and adults attending, many of them young families. Artists from various meetings oversaw mini-workshops in sculpting, fabric construction, origami, book-cover making, and beaded jewelry making. A show and tell, potluck and singing finale capped off a very enjoyable arts day. One parent said she felt like she had been on vacation and a child asked if we could do it every week!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR JYM!
As we look ahead to NYYM Summer Sessions at Silver Bay, Sunday, July 21, 2013 to Saturday, July 27, 2013, volunteers are being recruited to work for the Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM). Friendly adults are sought to work with young Friends from Grades 1-12. Perhaps there is someone in your meeting who has the gift of working with children or teens and would welcome this opportunity. It is a wonderful way to get to know the Yearly Meeting. We ask that Meetings give consideration to providing financial assistance to JYM volunteers from their community so that they may serve the Yearly Meeting in this way. Volunteers may also request that part of their Silver Bay costs be covered by JYM. Contact Dawn Pozzi firstname.lastname@example.org or Melanie-Claire Mallison (MsMellie@gmail.com), this year’s JYM coordinators, as soon as possible (both are in the Yearbook).
UPCOMING NYYM EVENTS!
Help fundraise to send representatives to Chwele YM in Kenya!
Are you a musician, a comic, an actor? Please consider performing at the talent show to benefit African Great Lakes Initiative and the Chwele Task Group representatives' travel to Kenya for peace building work. David Zarembka from aglipt.org will give a brief presentation as well. The event will be held from 7-9 pm on Wednesday June 5th in the 15th st Meetinghouse. We seek performers of all ages from all Friends schools and meetings in NYYM. Volunteers are needed for publicity and ticket taking. Please contact Diane Keefe @ 917 312 4601 to help.
Fundraise for Friends Committee on National Legislation
There will be an FCNL fund raiser in Williamsburg Brooklyn on Tuesday June 4th. To co-host, volunteer or receive an invitation please contact email@example.com.
Have something great happening in your neck of the woods? Let Gabi know! If you have questions, or are interested in any of the opportunities listed above, contact Gabi Savory Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get you the information. There is good stuff happening in our Yearly Meeting, Let’s hear it!!