Summer Sessions 2023
NYYM Summer Sessions 2023 - Online, and In-Person at Oakwood Friends School July 22-27
Note: Summer Sessions will NOT be held at Silver Bay this July, 2023.
The NYYM Sessions Committee announced that Summer Sessions 2023 will be held at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, NY. The decision to move from Silver Bay for this year was difficult and painful, but the contract that Silver Bay offered for 2023 was not workable for NYYM for multiple reasons. The time frame will be slightly different than previously years: July 22-27, from Saturday, July 22 lunch through Thursday, July 27 breakfast and closing worship. Many program details are still being determined, but we can say that there will be programs for children, youth, and young adults, as well as intergenerational events. The focus is on being together.
Oakwood is enthusiastic about hosting us for this gathering. NYYM will be the only group on campus (besides the Oakwood staff). There are many meeting spaces available. The school has the technical capacity to run hybrid meetings for worship and business. There are dorms on campus and many other accommodations available nearby. Oakwood is easily accessible by train and bus and has vans available to assist with transportation. To learn more about Oakwood Friends School, visit www.oakwoodfriends.org.
With the change in location as well as all we have learned about the possibilities and limitations of meeting online during the pandemic, we—all of us—have an opportunity to re-imagine what Summer Sessions can be. This will be a new experience in a new space with new resources and possibilities. Sessions Committee took some time at their most recent meeting to begin answering the question, “Why do we meet in person?” NYYM Friends are asked to help answer this question by sending thoughts to [email protected] or attending an online event that Sessions is planning to host in the next few weeks. Visit nyym.org/subscribe to sign up for NYYM’s email announcements.