Committees and Members


As Friends do not have a traditional minister and staff, Meeting acts through its committees.  From a Business Meeting of the whole to a Relief Committee with three members, activities in Quakerism are accomplished through Committees.

Committees have either a clerk for a long standing committee such as Ministry and Counsel or a convener for a short-term committee such as a Clearness Committee.  Like all Quaker activities, committees begin and end in silent worship and members await the leading of the Spirit in the transaction of business. Committees are therefore forms of worship that are Spirit-led.

In order to ensure a democratic distribution of authority, the clerk and other members of committees serve only for a specified length of time. All Meeting members and attenders may be asked to sit on committees, depending upon their leadings and the discernment of their gifts by the Nominating Committee.

Anyone with a leading for service to the community should contact the Clerk of Nominating or any Member of the Nominating Committee to make that leading known.

Positions and Committees for 2016  (Terms end in January of the year noted)

CLERK: Pamela Wood

RECORDING CLERK: Susan Carmody 

 

MINISTRY & COUNSEL: 

2017: Larry White, Jack Patterson, Rob Stevens

2018: David Evans, David Fletcher, Charlene Ray

2019: David Britton, Mason Jenkins

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

2016: Ed Elder, Stephen McDonnell

2017: Lee Rada, Nancy Britton

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Barton Dominus, Naomi Paz Greenberg, Charlene Ray, Pamela Wood

TREASURER: Naomi Paz Greenberg

ASSISTANT TREASURER: Pamela Wood

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND WEBSITE COMMITTEE: Bryan Oettel, Robert Leuze, Corona Machemer (Clerk), Kathy Stackhouse

 

FIRST DAY CAREGIVERS: Ernie Buscemi & Naomi Paz Greenberg (Co-Coordinators), Sally Campbell, Tom Goodridge, Jack Patterson. (Manage childcare and Meeting with Children)

 

FIRST DAY COORDINATORS: Richard Schmidt and Sally Campbell (Schedule volunteers to welcome attenders to Meeting for Worship and break the silence afterwards)  

 

LIBRARIAN: Sally Campbell  

LIBRARY COMMITTEE: Corona Machemer, Richard Schmidt

 

RIVERSIDE SPACE COMMITTEE: Charlotte Ehrman and Sally Campbell (Manages Morningside’s tenant-landlord relationship with Riverside Church)

 

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS: A Committee of the Whole; Corona Machemer and David Fletcher are Co-Clerks 

 

HOSPITALITY: Katharine Alford, Joyce Richardson, Charlene Ray, Richard Schmidt

 

ARCH VISITORS: Sally Campbell, Kathy Hinton, Dot Savage, John Tweddle, Charlene Ray (Convener) (ARCH [Aging Resources Consultation and Help] is a program of the New York Yearly Meeting; ARCH visitors are trained to help Friends deal with aging or disability-related concerns.)

 

COMMITTEE FOR PRISON MINISTRY: Ernie Buscemi, David Fletcher, Helen Garay Toppins, Pamela Wood, Sally Campbell for correspondence

 

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS: Currently Ministry & Counsel is in charge.

 

FOURTH SUNDAY SING: 

 

 

Representatives to/Liaisons with Friends Groups and Organizations

 

NY YEARLY MEETING: Pamela Wood

 

NY YEARLY MEETING COMMITTEE ON DISCERNMENT: 

 

NY YEARLY MEETING RIGHT SHARING OF WORLD RESOURCES:

 

PENDLE HILL: Stephen McDonnell

 

POWELL HOUSE: Nancy Britton

 

N Y QUARTERLY MEETING: Ed Elder

 

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE (FGC): Ernie Buscemi

 

FRIENDS IN UNITY WITH NATURE (FRIENDS EARTHCARE WITNESS): Tom Goodridge                  

(Under the care of the Peace & Social Concerns Committee)

 

FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON National Legislation (FCNL): Jack Patterson 

(Care of Peace & Social Concerns)

 

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC): Pamela Wood                                                            

(Care of Peace & Social Concerns)

 

 

New York Quarterly Meeting Appointments

(Filled by NYQM Joint Nominating Committee, except for Morningside’s appointment to the Joint Nominating Committee, which is filled by Morningside. NYQM terms end in April of designated year.)

 

AUDIT & BUDGET: Beth Bugdaycay (2017), Bart Dominus (2016)

 

CEMETERY COMMITTEE: Charlene Ray (2016)

 

COMMITTEE FOR THE DOWNTOWN ALLOWED MEETING: Sally Campbell (2017)

 

EDUCATION FUND: David Britton, Clerk (2016)

 

RELIEF COMMITTEE: John Slater (2017)

 

NYQM MINISTRY & COUNSEL: David Britton (April 2017), Charlotte Ehrman (April 2017).  David Fletcher (2016)

 

NYQM NOMINATING:John Slater (appointed by Morningside, 2017),  Naomi Paz Greenberg (co-opted)

 

THE GREAT LAKES (Africa) EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Corona Machemer (April 2018)

 

TRUSTEES: Katherine Alford (2018)