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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.

We will be wearing masks and socially distancing but as the sign we put up on the gate says, ‘ALL ARE WELCOME’.

For more information contact Sally Campbell or go to the Downtown Manhattan Quaker Meeting Facebook page.

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Help for a Friend on the Move

Sally Campbell shares:

Kia Heath is a Morningsider from a long time ago whom I see often at Pendle Hill worship. She asked if I might find someone to give her a hand since she is in the process of moving from an elevator building on 106th Street and Broadway to a two-flight walk up nearby. She needs help carrying a 6’ aluminum ladder back and forth and help painting or spotting her as she paints the walls.

If you can help any day from Wednesday April 21st through Sunday April 25th please contact morningsidequakermeeting@gmail.com for Kia’s contact information.

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Quaker Cemetery Work Day, Saturday, May 15th

We’re thrilled to be opening our Quaker Cemetery in Prospect Park for a Spring Work Day. Join us for a day of restoration, wandering, contemplation, and simply enjoying the beauty of the cemetery.

To ensure everyone’s safety we’re breaking the day into two sessions, with each session limited to 30 people. We also ask that Friends bring their own food, drink and whatever work utensils you can.

First session: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Sign Up Here https://www.nycquakers.org/event/spring-work-day-in-the-quaker-cemetery-prospect-park-morning-session/

Second Session: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sign Up Here https://www.nycquakers.org/event/spring-work-day-in-the-quaker-cemetery-prospect-park-afternoon-session/

Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 15th.

A rain date to come.

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ARCH Foundations Workshop, Saturdays, April 17-May 8

Charlene Ray shares the following announcement:

We’re all aging, it’s what we do! And sometimes that is wonderful, and sometimes it is scary, but we need not do it alone.

The ARCH Foundations Workshop (formerly the ARCH Visitor Training) is an introduction to the ARCH network: over 150 Friends in NYYM who form a community of practice. It is open to anyone in NYYM who would like to connect with a network of resources and support for a ministry of caring for each other and ourselves as we grow older or are differently-abled.

Our four weeks together (Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8) will be engaging, reflective, nourishing, informative, and fun. Please sign up today to participate by going to the New York Yearly Meeting website (www.nyym.org)m click on ARCH on the right column, go to Joining the ARCH Network and click on the ‘sign up today’ link in the last sentence. Or email arch@nyym.org.

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The Jig is Up! meeting on Monday, April 5th at 7pm

SY Bowland shares that there will be a meeting of the Jig is Up! Movement on Monday, April 5th at 7pm on Zoom. All are invited to attend.

Details of the meeting, including login information, are included in this document. The meeting organizers also make the following request: “As we prepare for our time together on Monday, please Read/View Video that Spirit brings us to the Moment and the Mission!”

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Compare Mayoral Candidates on the Issues That Matter to You

Joyce Richardson shares:

The online publication, The City, has a clever way for you to compare your opinions with the policy positions of the candidates: education, policing, charter schools, taxation, open streets and more. It’s called Meet Your Mayor.

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Racial Justice Study Group, March 28, 2021

The next Racial Justice Study Group will be held Sunday March 28, 1pm. The same Zoom link used for meeting for worship sent out by Ministry & Counsel will be used. We hope you can join us for a discussion on “Othering” Blackness.

Prior to the RJSG meeting please view this 14 minute interview with noted author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a Bill Moyers program. https://billmoyers.com/2014/12/16/nigerian-author-chimananda-ngozi-adichie-identity/

We will also discuss the first 11 pages of Chapter 12 of Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste.

Feel free to take notes on the taped interview and the reading for our discussion.

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About “School Meals to Pantries”

New York City is experiencing a challenge of food insecurity that has not been seen since the Great Depression. The number of people seeking food assistance from pantries run by volunteer organizations has tripled since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Many people who have been forced by unemployment and underemployment and sickness now turn to food pantries to stretch their household budgets. Food pantries are stressed by the increased number of clients and need to be able to stretch their own limited budgets to provide service to all who come to them.

“School Meals to Pantries” provides help by supplementing the work that current DOE neighborhood food hubs do to provide free meals to those in need. The idea is simple: a team of volunteers delivers an allocation of prepared school meals directly to neighborhood pantries. Retired NYC teacher Bernard Winter decided to create a partnership between three schools in 93rd Street’s Joan of Arc Complex in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and three local food pantries, enabling a regular pick-up and delivery schedule. Since September 29th, Mr. Winter has coordinated a group of fifteen volunteers. As of February 26th, 2021, the project has delivered 4,682 pounds of food to three neighborhood food pantries located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

There are unique ways that this project can help pantries and their clients:

  • ‘Grab and go’ meals help to meet the needs of those who are truly homeless, who have no place to store food or prepare a meal.
  • Many pantries meet the needs of their clients on Saturdays, while DOE run food hubs are open Monday through Fridays.
  • It can deliver Kosher school meals to food pantries, providing a nutritious, freshly prepared option to pantries that they may be unable to provide.
  • It can adjust the amount of the allocation of delivered food to meet the changing needs of the pantry.
  • School Meals to Pantries is an all volunteer team, bringing together neighbors, school staff and parents, church members and pantry workers to address the issue of hunger in our city.
  • Our website, https://schoolmeals2pantries.org is designed to become an information hub, where pantries and schools can locate one another and match in partnerships.

Volunteer service only takes about half an hour. Volunteers meet between 11:00am and 12 noon on school days, pick up the allocated meals at the school, put them in carts and walk to the pantry. All the pantries are within walking distance to a school. Volunteers weigh and document each food delivery, and the pantry signs a receipt. Because the meals are already pre-packaged, the volunteer team is able to act in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols and the food handling guidelines of New York City Department of Education’s Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS).

Mr. Winter has been in discussion with the OFNS and has received its support to expand to two new schools, P.S. 75 and P.S. 163, also located in the Upper West Sideof Manhattan. Pickups at P.S. 75 began on the week of March 8th. The project is looking for new volunteers to help in its expansion.

For more information about the project and how to get involved, please visit https://schoolmeals2pantries.org or email Bernard Winter at bernard@schoolmeals2pantries.org

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Public Lecture: The Dangerous Mind of Benjamin Lay, Radical Abolitionist

Tom Goodridge shares that Dr. Marcus Rediker, author of The Fearless Benjamin Lay, will be delivering a public lecture via Zoom on Monday, March 15 at 6pm EST. The lecture is hosted by the Department of History at St. Francis Xavier University. The information for joining the meeting is below:

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92054470834?pwd=ZHphZkpiZmNKWnc3eUVvRngweUtZZz09
Meeting ID: 920 5447 0834
Passcode: 449111

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The New Morningside Website is Live

Though there are a number of improvements we’d still like to make and plenty of feedback we’d still like to collect from the community and act on, the Communications Committee has decided to launch the new Morningside Meeting website at https://morningsidemeeting.org.

Our priority is facilitating communication among Morningside Friends. We want to make it easier for committees to coordinate their work and tell the community about their progress. We want to ensure that Morningsiders stay aware of upcoming events. We want them to share important news with each other. We believe that launching and starting to use the website now, even as it evolves, will immediately benefit the community. It will also help us shape the site according to our experiences and needs.

These features are already available on the site:

Committee sections with room for a description of the committee, events, posts, and committee-specific documents. These sections can be further customized as needed. Trained committee members can add documents directly to the site via Google Drive. Other are invited to submit documents via Google Form.

A calendar page, with all community events.

A News section, which can display posts from committees or any individual in the community. Trained contributors can add posts to the site themselves. Anyone can also submit a post to the site admins via Google Form.

A Documents section, with an archive of Newsletters, Business Minutes (incomplete as of this writing), State of the Meeting Minutes, and Memorial Minutes.

We’re asking committees to appoint a liason to the Communications Committee in the coming weeks. Scott will work with liasons to update the main text of their committee’s section of the site, and train them to add posts, documents, and calendar events. Liasons should contact Scott directly or email morningsidequakermeeting@gmail.com.

You can find documentation about how to contribute to the website on the project’s GitHub Page. Like the site itself, this documentation is evolving; we welcome corrections and suggestions that will improve it.

Friends interested reviewing the December presentation on the website prototype can view the Google Slides here.

Communications and Website Commitee