Spark, September 2018 - Spirit-Led Structures

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Everyone is invited to write an article for Spark. Articles should be spirit-led and are considered a form of ministry. Aim for 400-600 words, please, and include your full name and meeting.


The theme for the November issue of Spark is: Cultivating Quakers. How do we increase our Quaker skills—both in practice and in faith? Can we “Quake” harder? How can we encourage the sharing of our (and others’) Quaker gifts?


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Peace to all!

—Sarah Way


Upcoming Events


NYYM Fall Sessions

Holiday Inn, 70 State St., Rochester, NY

November 9–11, 2018

Fall Sessions will be held entirely in the Holiday Inn Rochester, 70 State Street, Rochester NY; 585-546-3450, or Google “Holiday Inn downtown Rochester NY”


For further details, please visit


DrawDown: Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Monday, Sept. 24, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West. DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING, presentations & panel discussion moderated by Bill McKibben. The DrawDown Project demonstrates conclusively that we do have the means at hand to reverse global warming. The evening gives participants an opportunity to sign up for action teams to begin planning to implement the Drawdown solutions. Tickets ($10) at:


Obadiah & Friends Coffee House

Purchase Meeting will be holding an Obadiah & Friends Coffee House Friday, September 28, 2018. Doors will open at 7:00 pm; open mic at 7:30 pm; music by Je Domenick at 8:30 pm. Suggested donation: $15 Adults; $10 Students and Seniors. For more information, visit our website:


Upcoming Powell House Conferences and Events

Powell House is NYYM’s retreat and conference center in Old Chatham, NY. Upcoming conferences include Rest for the Weary with John Calvi on October 5-7; that same weekend is Super Hero YOU! for 4-5th graders. The annual Fall Work Weekend (with contra dance and storytelling!) is Oct. 26–28. Visit for more!




Funds Available for Friends’ Publications and Projects

The Mosher Committee announces that there are limited funds available to assist Friends in the publication/creation of pamphlets, books, recordings, films or any other media. Proposals that have been approved by monthly meetings, worship groups or yearly meeting committees should be submitted to Anita Paul ([email protected]) on behalf of the Mosher Fund Publications Working Group.




Peacemaker Awards​

Veterans for Peace and the Binghamton Community Friends Meeting (Quaker) presented $350 Stu Naismith Peacemaker awards to four graduating high school seniors, two at Chenango Valley and two at Chenango Forks High Schools. Kelly Smith, Kelly Thompson, Alexander McRoberts and Kate Flynn received the awards, given annually in memory of Stu Naismith (1927-2011), who served in the Navy in World War II, taught in both school districts, and was a founder of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace. Tge students earned the awards by working for peace in everyday life, preparing for further education, and writing an essay on peacemaking.


New Peace Working Group Listserv!

The NYYM Peace Working Group invites Friends to join our new listserv! Its purpose is to share information among the NYYM community about potential peace witness, and to prompt discernment about peace witness that the working group might recommend the yearly meeting support as a body.

To join, visit this page:!aboutgroup/nyym-peace-working-group and ask to be added as a member of the group.


World Quaker Day is October 7, 2018​

Join the Quaker family around the world in worship and celebration for World Quaker Day, now in its 5th year. The theme is Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories, celebrating the diversity of expression within our shared experience of worship. See for more info, ideas, and resources.




New Members

Suzanne Beaumont—Saranac Lake

Kevin John Buckley—Manasquan

Linda Griggs—Ithaca

Henry Hoffman—Purchase

Mareike Larsen—Farmington

Jill Marie—Ithaca

Michael Roberts—Montclair



Phyllis Rantanen Bunker, to Poplar Ridge from Guatemala Friends Meeting.

Thomas Houghton, to Cornwall from Woodstown (PYM).

Elisa Stewart, to Poplar Ridge from Palm Beach Monthly Meeting



Edna Aldrich, member of Farmington, on May 16, 2018

Joan Maude Beers, member of Rockland, on July 15, 2018

Anne Clyde Birdsall, member of Rahway-Plainfield, on April 11, 2018

Irene Neye Butler Briggs, member of Easton, on June 30, 2017

Shirley Collin, member of Adirondack, on November 2, 2017

Ruth DeVol, member of Adirondack, on June 2, 2018

Jean Dixon, member of Adirondack, on June 25, 2018

Lorraine Fezer, member of Ithaca, on August 10, 2018

Ella Gelling, member of Rahway-Plainfield, on October 6, 2017

Naomi Paz Greenberg, member of Flushing, on August 7, 2018.

Betty Hoffis, member of Adirondack, on April 10, 2018

F. Raymond Jenkins, member of Saranac Lake, on January 10, 2018

Mary Victoria Jenkins, member of Saranac Lake, on August 16, 2017

Joyce Kerr, member of Collins, on July 9, 2018

Susan Roberts, member of Old Chatham, on May 30, 2018

Margaret Smith, member of Albany, on July 11, 2018

Donald Van Blake, member of Rahway-Plainfield, on June 5, 2018

Richard Voigt, member of Rockland, on July 4, 2018