Fall Sessions 2022

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 7:00pm to Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 4:30pm


An Invitation


Greetings, Friends — I hope you will be ready to spend some time with Friends at Fall Sessions, December 2nd -4th. We will get to try out a virtual space on Friday night and I hope many of us will join in this new way to be together to get more out of virtual meetings. Of course, we will have the now-familiar Zoom versions of meetings for worship and for worship with business and social meals. No surprise, a major business item will be consideration of the budget proposal for 2023. The agenda is still a work in progress, but I plan to keep you in the loop as that begins to shape up. It will be all Zoom, all the time and this allows us to be together without travel or expense, so it is a great way to join in and try it out, if you have not been to Sessions before. Please come, even for a little while…and bring some Friends. 


Hope to see you. 


Love, Elaine
Elaine Learnard, Clerk of NYYM


Friday Night Virtual Space


On Friday night, Friends will explore an interactive virtual space from a simple website address. Imagine this space is like your meeting house replicated online. You will be able to greet people as you watch them enter, choose where to sit in the room, step out to have a conversation with someone you cherish, and share different forms of art in a digital space that can be expanded upon. Come prepared to exercise your creativity as we look through what opportunities this virtual space can bring to our community. Facilitated by Guelmy Neris.


Fall Sessions 2022 Meals with Meaning


Saturday Lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Anti-racism with EAQWER. As individuals and Meetings in NYYM, we are being asked to examine structural racism in our midst. You’re invited to join members of the European American Quakers Working to End Racism (EAQWER) working group to share and discuss our responses to the following:

As Quakers, we value being friendly and welcoming. We also cherish equality.

In our troubled times is it possible to weave welcoming and nurturing equality together?

Perhaps we need to reconsider how we view welcoming and how we seek to embody equality.


Saturday Lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m.:  A social gathering for Young Adult Friends with Beth Kelly, NYYM's Children, Youth, and Young Adult Community Director.


Saturday Dinner, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet with Kevin Lovelady, Interim ARCH (Aging Resources, Consultation and Help) Director. Kevin has been the ARCH Field Coordinator for the Northeastern region of New York and is now serving as the Interim ARCH Director. Come to this meal to meet Kevin and hear about what's happening in the ARCH program. Facilitated by Helen Garay Toppins.





Friday, December 2

7:00-9:00 p.m. Gathering in an interactive virtual space, facilitated by Guelmy Neris


Saturday, December 3

8:30-9:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

9:45-11:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

12:00-1:00 p.m. Social Meal(s)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Meeting for Worship

2:30-4:30 p.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

5:00-6:30 p.m. Social Meal  


Sunday, December 4

(Morning off so that folks can join the worship of their choice. If your meeting is not hosting a virtual meeting, please click here to view the list of worship opportunities around the yearly meeting)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Meeting for Worship

2:30-4:30 p.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Closing at discretion of clerk as she determines that all business has been addressed.



Supporting Documents and Agenda

The Agenda (below) has links to supporting documents that will help Friends prepare for our time together in Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. The Agenda is not yet finalized, and may change as way opens. Please check back regularly to ensure that you are using this up-to-date Agenda.

Supporting Documents

Resources for this Session

Sessions MinuteMinute
Minutes, Fall Sessions 2022 12/16/2022
Minutes, Fall Sessions 2022 12/16/2022