Earthcare Working Group

About Earthcare Working Group

New York Yearly Meeting's Earthcare Working Group works to raise awareness in the yearly meeting about earthcare concerns, coordinate the efforts of individual Friends following earthcare witness leadings, and serve as an organizing vehicle for collective earthcare action within the yearly meeting.

All Our Concerns Are OneAll Our Concerns Are One

Witness Activities

Standing Rock Sioux Against the Dakota Access Pipeline (2016)

COP21 Paris Climate Talks & Agreement (2015)

Quaker Earthcare Witness at the UN

People's Climate March (2014)

Click the following to visit the People's Climate March web page. The March takes place September 21, 2014, in New York City, with New York Yearly Meeting as a participating organization. Local Friends are organizing a Quaker contingent and hospitality for Friends coming from a distance.

Commit to Staying Awake: Host an Earthcare Connector Friend

  • Click the following link to learn about Earthcare Working Group's Earthcare Connectors, Friends who are traveling to local meetings to share their leadings regarding climate justice and living lightly on the earth.

Earthcare and the priorities of New York Yearly Meeting

A Call to the Meetings of New York Yearly Meeting

Introduction. At its Summer Sessions in 2014, New York Yearly Meeting approved new priorities for the Yearly Meeting intended to align the work of the Yearly Meeting's committees and working groups, its staff, and its institutions, with local Friends' priorities as discerned by the Priorities Working Group from its 78 visits with local meetings and worship groups.

The Call. The Earthcare Working Group (EWG) has begun its own process of discernment regarding these priorities and has issued a Call to the Meetings of New York Yearly Meeting to"contemplate and define what their role will be in the great “Transition” we must make in response to dramatic climate change, resource depletion, and severe economic contraction." Some meetings have already responded to this call. Click the links below to view EWG's work on NYYM priorities:

Earthcare Resources


Clerk of Earthcare Working Group (EWG):

Pamela Boyce Simms
Hudson Meeting
pba9[at]georgetown.edu

EWG Connectors:

Liseli Haines Mohawk Valley Meeting
Robert (Sunfire) Kazmayer Easton Meeting
Margaret McCasland Ithaca Meeting
Joseph Olejak Old Chatham Meeting
Pamela Boyce Simms Hudson Meeting
Janet Sonderberg Fifteenth Street Meeting