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Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Grief and Remembrance, June 4, 11am – 12pm, in the Cemetery

Charlene Ray shares:

Dear All NYC Friends & attenders,

The NYQM Concern for Quaker Living working group, the Cemetery Committee and ARCH invite you to join us in the Cemetery on June 4 for a time to remember Friends and family we have lost and the pandemic challenges that disrupted our communities.

This time is planned as a memorial service, worship as led to speak our grief and name departed loved ones. The Cemetery will be opening at 10:30am to offer time to have a walk around it and settle in for an 11am beginning time. The worship will go as long as it is settled.

The Cemetery will be open until 2:30pm. You are invited to bring water and pack a lunch for after worship and spend some quiet time in this peaceful place. For more about the Cemetery and a map go to http://www.nycquakers.org/resources/cemetery

In case of rain, we will be using the Brooklyn Meetinghouse. Please register by sending a request to charleneceis@gmail.com with Meeting for Grief in the subject line. This way we can be sure to let you know if we are not meeting in the Cemetery.

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“The Painted Psalms” - a Retrospective

Bernard Winter shares:

Dear Morningside Friends,

I am very, very fortunate to have been given exhibition space at the Shrine of Saint Frances Cabrini! The artwork will consist of a retrospective on the psalm series that I have been working on, off and on, over the past decade. This exhibition runs from June 1st till June 30th. The shrine is located at 701 Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan, and is open from Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I will give an artist talk on the psalm series on Saturday, June 11th, at 11:00 a.m. The talk will feature reflections on the work on display, including Psalms number 1, 19, 22, 23, 27, 40, 42, 90, 93, 150.

The best way to access the shrine is to take the ‘A’ train to the 190 street station, or by the M4 bus.

The exhibition is sponsored as an event by the Northern Manhattan Artist Alliance (NoMAA) as part of its annual Uptown Art Stroll.

The following links provide more information about the shrine, NoMAA and my website. Thank you for your support! I hope to see you. If you cannot make the talk, I would be most happy to give you a ‘private tour’ of the show, just let me know. 😇

Cabrini Shrine NYC
Uptown Arts Stroll - Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
Bernard C Winter Art

Be well - Bernard

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Outdoor Meeting for Worship Resumes

Come and join us as we meet to worship outdoors every Thursday evening from the beginning of May to the end of September, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, near the Labyrinth of Contemplation in the northwest corner of Battery Park.

You can look for the colorful flower flags over the benches. As the sign we put up on the gate says, “ALL ARE WELCOME.”

For more information contact Sally Campbell or Richard Schmidt, or email morningsidequakermeeting@gmail.com.

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Schubert and his World, May 1, 2022

Robert Renwick’s birthday celebration, a Schubert-themed salon featuring masterworks for violin and piano, has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 1st, at 5:00 p.m. The address is 251 West 98th Street, 6A, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

Contact Yelena Grinberg, ygpiano@gmail.com if you can attend.

Organizations Active in Ukraine

Pam Woods shares this list of organizations currently active in Ukraine, should you feel led to donate:

CARE
CARE Gift Center
P.O. Box 1870
Merrifield, VA 22116-8070
Please write “Ukraine” in the memo

International Rescue Committee
PO Box 6068
Albert Lea, MN 56007-9847
Please write “Ukraine” in the memo

Doctors Without Borders
PO Box 5030
Hagarstown, MD 21741
Please write “Ukraine” in the memo

Nova Ukraine, Razón Organization
140 2nd Ave.Suite 305
NY, NY 10003

World Central Kitchen
https://wck.org

Save the Children
501 King’s Hiway, Suite 400
Fairfield, CT 06825
Please write “Ukraine” in the memo

Peace & Social Concerns Committee

What Good is Money? a NYQM Workshop

Charlene Ray shares:

Why do we revere wealthy people? Concern for Quaker Living, a working group of the NYQM, invites you to a virtual workshop, What Good is Money?

Join us Monday, April 25, 6:30-8:00 on zoom. We will watch a video, The Soul of Money, share thoughts and experiences, test assumptions and perceptions, collaborate! Join us. We welcome your thoughts and concerns. And ask you to help spread the word!

For more information or to register, email charleneceis@gmail.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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The Indigenous Among Us!

Morningside Meeting‘s Peace and Social Concerns invites you to a conversation about seeking right relationships with Indigenous People of New York City. Ernie Buscemi and Charlene Ray will be facilitating.

We offer a free, one-hour virtual call on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 6:30 pm, as a place to begin. We plan to show a 15-minute video, The Story of Manhatta, and spend some time Worship Sharing around its message: ‘Erase the Erasure’.

Please join us for this provocative discussion by emailing Charlene at charleneceis@gmail.com. A zoom link will be emailed to participants a day or two before the workshop. We hope to see you then!

Peace & Social Concerns Committee

New York Yearly Meeting response to Russian invasion of Ukraine

Friends Respond to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Friends in New York Yearly Meeting and around the world condemn the violence in Ukraine. Today, NYYM Clerk Elaine Learnard and General Secretary Steve Mohlke emailed letters of love and solidarity to Friends in Ukraine and in Russia on behalf of NYYM Friends. The letters are copied below.

If you’d like to send a personal message to the Quakers of Kyiv, Ukraine, or read updates from them, you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QuakersKyivUkraine.

Statements made by NYYM-affiliated groups

  • AFSC: The invasion of Ukraine must be stopped — but U.S. military aid is not the answer
  • Take Action with FCNL: Condemn the Russian Invasion and Press for Diplomacy
  • FCNL’s Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
  • World Council of Churches Appeals for Peace for the People of Ukraine

Online worship opportunities

Daily Online Meeting for Worship for Ukraine

A global, virtual Meeting for Worship to hold in the Light the situation in Ukraine, the decision makers, the soldiers, the citizens — all the people whose lives are in danger and already disrupted by fear — has been been organized by Friends House Moscow supporters in the USA. It is running every day for one hour at different times depending on your time zone (see below). The original Zoom link for our “Ukraine” daily Meeting for Worship has changed in order to permit a larger number of worshippers. The NEW (as of Feb. 27, 2022) connection details are given below. If you wish, please participate as and when you are able.

The (REVISED) Zoom link for the Meeting for Worship: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4165005614?pwd=NUtieEtqbDBYbjBrcGdMMzBKQ3drQT09
Meeting ID: 416 500 5614
Passcode: 182805
and the full schedule of the start time in different countries:
07:00am Honolulu; 09:00am Pacific; 12:00pm Eastern US; 05:00pm London; 06:00pm Paris; 07:00pm Kyiv; 08:00pm Moscow

Letters sent from NYYM to Friends in Ukraine and in Russia

To Our Dear Friends in Ukraine:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

What a blessing it is that modern communication makes it possible for us to tell you: our hearts are with you, though we are far away. We have been watching and reading as Russian forces have entered your country. One’s home is a deeply precious thing, with all the memories it holds: worship and play, family and friends, hard work and day-to-day joys and sorrows. We are grieved that yours is threatened now.

There is one advantage to the distance between New York and Ukraine: when the sun goes down on your land, it is high in ours. If you should find your sleep disturbed in the night, you can know that Friends in New York Yearly Meeting are holding you in prayer. May God’s comforting arms surround you.

In the Love of the Eternal,
The Friends of New York Yearly Meeting

To Our Dear Friends in Russia:

The letter shared by Friends House Moscow on February 24th brings to mind the words below.

“All bloody principles and practices, we … do utterly deny, with all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretence whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world.” – Declaration from Friends to Charles II, 1660

There is a unique pain when violence is done in one’s name without one’s permission.

We know that your prayers, like ours, are prayers for peace and prayers for protection for every person in Ukraine. In recent days, there has been—rightly—much attention paid to the people of Ukraine, but our hearts are moved to make sure you know that our thoughts are also with you and your children. May you be blessed with courage and discernment, and may you feel the presence and protection of the Divine surround you.

In Friendship,
The Friends of New York Yearly Meeting

Messages from Friends in Ukraine and Russia

We received the following replies via email.

Reply #1:

Dear Friends from New York Yearly Meeting Friends! Thank you for the kind words of encouragement and comfort, it is so important and life-affirming for us! Thank you for following the development of the situation in Ukraine and for your friendly prayers, for your support!

E-mail: quakers@ukr.net
Website: https://fb.com/QuakersKyivUkraine
Messenger: m.me/QuakersKyivUkraine

Reply #2:

Thanks!

We keep in the light of events in Ukraine and Russia.

We strive and look for opportunities to support people in Ukraine and Russia as much as possible. Unfortunately, every day we have new laws that restrict the rights and freedoms of people.

Sasha
Moscow Monthly Meeting

Excepted from the March 4, 2022 NYYM Weekly Update. To subscribe, email request to info@nyym.org.

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Protect Yourself Against Scams

Dear Friends,

We are reading about the growing number of financial scams and are concerned that members of our community may be vulnerable.

Cybercriminals are targeting bank customers directly through known and trusted channels of communication, such as telephone, text message and email. They may “spoof” your bank’s telephone number, so that your bank’s name appears on your caller ID. Cybercriminals use this tactic to gain your trust.

Increased awareness of financial scams can help you protect yourself. If you receive an unexpected telephone call, text message or e-mail that appears to be from your bank, take the following precautions:

NEVER provide personal or financial information (i.e., social security numbers, card numbers, expiration dates, online banking usernames or passwords, one-time-passcodes) in response to telephone calls, e-mails or text messages.

NEVER trust your telephone caller ID. Cybercriminals can easily spoof a telephone number to make it appear as though the call is coming from any number. Before you provide any personal information to a caller, hang up and call the bank or credit card company back using a number you trust, such as the telephone number on the back of your bank or credit card.

NEVER click links provided in emails or text messages. Doing so could take you to a fake website that appears to be legitimate. It may solicit personal information or install malicious viruses on your device. Always go to the company’s website through a trusted source, such as typing in the company’s website directly or locating it through a trusted search engine.

NEVER provide a passcode that is sent to your phone to someone who calls you. Criminals attempt to trick individuals into revealing passcodes by saying that they need to “verify your identity.” The criminals could use your identity or information to open accounts or access accounts associated with you. They need the passcode to complete a transaction or to access your accounts.

NEVER provide any personal information to someone who calls you, regardless of the “story” or reason they provide. Hang up and call the company back through a telephone number that you trust.

Be careful, Friends,
Your Communications Committee

This message was adapted from a communication by Dollar Savings Bank.

Communications and Website Commitee

Alternatives to Violence Project - USA and International

David C Fletcher shares:

AVP USA National Conference: Transforming Through Bold Engagement
May 27 – May 30
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Virtual and In-Person

What can you expect at 2022 AVP-USA Annual National Gathering?

The last two years have challenged AVP-USA and local groups to adapt to the new “normal” of the pandemic. In the 2020 annual report, local groups reported leveling up to offer virtual workshops, experimenting with new ways to keep facilitators engaged and to stay connected with incarcerated facilitators. We learned that we are resilient because we are connected, whether across the miles, via the fiber-optics of an Internet connection or thanks to newsletters going inside correctional facilities.

Moving through the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic has strengthened AVP-USA local grassroots groups. For some, shifting out of “that’s how we have always done things” has been uncomfortable, and for others, it’s been a welcome change. In this confrontation, born of necessity, comes growth.

In this same vein, we hope the gathering - through the breakout sessions, speakers and activities - will feed your curiosity, offer you new experiences and new perspectives, and nurture your growth as a human being and facilitator striving to create more peace in our world. Come join your fellow facilitators at the 2022 Annual National Gathering. Connect with familiar faces and make new friends. Learn something new, ask challenging questions and be challenged. Gather in community to build our capacity for transformation. We are stronger together.

Check back regularly for new updates to the program.

Program Schedule: https://sites.google.com/avpusa.org/gathering2022/program

Registration: https://sites.google.com/avpusa.org/gathering2022/registration

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