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Life After COVID Worship in our Cemetery

Charlene Ray writes:

Most of our lives we live on a conveyer belt. Like a piece of luggage, we go round and round, until someone claims us. Once we are off, we go home, to some place familiar, or we might explore the world around and within us. In essence, we claim ourselves, have a plan, a vision if you will.

What if that experience of living, of discovery, is exacerbated by a dense persistent fog? That is what it has felt like during this covid pandemic for many of us.

Let us gather in worship, share what we have experienced, have learned, gained and lost, and are looking forward to. For more about the Cemetery and a map go to

Come to the Cemetery on Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30 to share, to eat and to enjoy each other’s company. Worship sharing starts at 11:00-12:00, followed by a potluck lunch.

And if it is raining, come to 110 Schermerhorn, Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse.

Sponsored by NYQM Concern for Quaker Living and Cemetery Committee

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Let’s Support the AFSC work of Akira Rose

Charelene Ray shares:

As a member of Morningside, I am writing to ask you to help me raise $1,680 before June 30 to help Akira Rose stay in NYC, close to her work directing AFSC’s Liberation Summer Camp at 15 Rutherford Place.

Liberation Summer Camp and its longer more in-depth, Liberation Academy, create alternatives to violence for young people at risk of being incarcerated. Last year, along with several Mornningsiders, I got to see firsthand how powerful this program is. Their final projects were inspirational and lifechanging. Now I have received a request to repeat the support Morningsiders provided last year to help Akira Rose, its program director. Here is what she is asking:

My name is Akira Rose and I am currently the Youth Activism Fellow for AFSC’s Healing Justice NY program. This summer, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Liberation Summer Camp (!), a 5-week advocacy camp for youth ages 15-20. For the past ten years, we have taught young people how to create change in their communities through art and activism. During last year’s camp, I was able to stay at Penington Friends House, which is right next door to where we host the summer camp. As someone who lives on Long Island, being in such close proximity to where the summer camp took place made being in community with campers and staff alike a smooth process. I was able to show up early and create a welcoming environment before campers arrived and stick around to invite questions and offer support to campers and our staff. Overall, staying at Penington allowed me to show up and support the camp to my fullest capacity. This year, I anticipate the needs of the camp only increasing and I know that residing at the Penington for its duration will ensure that we can all focus our energy on having another successful year as we hit this amazing milestone. Thank you for supporting both me and Liberation Summer Camp as we create healing justice in our community.

Akira Rose

The cost for her stay at Penington Friends House is $1,680 for July 8-August 12, for a furnished sublet room and 5 dinners/week. In response to the heartfelt program and its wisdom, the state of violence especially racially motivated violence, I invite Morningside members and attenders to offer some financial support to enable Akira to participate safely and more fully in Liberation Sumer Camp.

Please make checks payable to Morningside Monthly Meeting with Akira in the memo line. Send them to me, Charlene Ray 44 West 62nd Street, #27D, New York NY 10023. I will batch them, have them deposited and ask for a check for a like amount from Morningside payable to Penington Friends House for the purpose of rent for Akira. This is my leading and one that was born here in our Morningside worship experience, it is not an official Morningside event. I simply ask that you join me in seeing this as an opportunity to support life giving, life affirming racial justice action. I will gladly accept any size donation. Thank you.

Also, this could not be done without the support and cooperation of the Morningside Meeting and Penington Friends House.

In grateful and appreciative Friendship,

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Annual Meeting of Penington Friends House

Charelene Ray shares:

All members and friends of the New York Yearly Meeting are invited to the Penington Annual Meeting as follows:

Since 1898, the Friends Home Association of New York (FHA) has overseen a Quaker Residential Community at Penington Friends House, providing lodging, board and meeting space for Friends in New York City. Please join us in continuing and celebrating this service to our community!

Our mission is to maintain a home and community that can serve as a model for cooperative living, where Friends and guests can live, gather, and cultivate their inner light, consistent with Quaker practice and testimonies.

The annual membership meeting of the Association will be held in person at Penington Friends House, 215 East 15th Street, New York, NY on Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to and include your name, name of your meeting where you are a member and your email address. We will follow up with some board materials for you to preview in advance of the meeting.

If you have any questions, you can call Robin Drake at 212-673-1730.

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First NYQM Pride Committee Meeting!

Amber Field writes:

NYQM Pride Parade online planning committee and party.

This is an open invitation to all Queer, LGBTQ+, allies, and People of Color and anyone else who would benefit from building power with the Queer community to join our discussion online on Saturday, March 5th at 4:00. Zoom link below. Our points of discussion is asking you what YOU want the Quarterly Meeting’s participation in Pride Month to be, looking to your talents and what you offer the Meetings, and which particular parades you would like to participate in.

I, Amber a trans woman from Brooklyn Meeting, will be wearing a silly hat. Invite below.

A Friend is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NYQM Pride Parade Planning
Time: Mar 5, 2023 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 825 2207 5493
Passcode: 4EQ6CH

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In-kind Donations for Turkey

Helen Garray Toppins writes:

NYC’s Turkish Consulate (212-351-7200) is helping ship donations to those in need via Turkish Airlines. They are currently collecting in-kind donations at these three drop-off sites from 10am-9pm:

344 E 46th Street, NY
300-2 route 17 south unit D, NJ
Portx, Inc. 256 Paterson Plank Road, NJ

Donations must be:

  • New/unused
  • Clothing for winter conditions
  • Clearly marked packages in terms of quantity/content

Needed donation items:

  • Tents/sleeping bags
  • Dry food/drinking water
  • Bedding (blanket, pillow, duvet)
  • Winter clothing (jackets, gloves, boots) + winter jackets for children
  • Wet wipes/sanitary napkins
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Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World Rally

June Tano writes:

I just wanted to let you know that Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World is planning to hold a rally on Saturday, April 8, from 1PM in front of the New York Public Library to oppose Japan’s announcement to start dumping 1.3 million tons of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Recently Holtec, the owner of Indian Point nuclear power plant, announced about dumping 1 million gallons (about 4,000 tons) of highly radioactive spent fuel pool water into the Hudson River in August or September.

Those acts will become the bad examples, and many companies in the US and in the world could follow them.

We welcome you to join us the rally. Some groups in Westchester are interested in joining the rally to distribute flyers etc.

We will send you more details once an official announcement is ready. Meanwhile, please save the date. Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions.

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Roses to Missions

June Tano shares:

“Roses to Missions” project was started by the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World and Peace Action New York State to celebrate when Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into force. In January, 2021, the members of both groups and other NGOs visited many of the 52 countries’ UN missions that had ratified TPNW to show their respect and appreciation. In January 2022, the groups visited some of the 8 newly ratifying countries, and are planning to visit the 9 newly ratifying countries this January.

There will be a march on January 20 at 12:00 pm at the NY Public Library stairs (5th Ave. & 41st St.) and walk to the US Mission to the UN (1st Ave. & 45th St.) to request the US to sign the TPNW. Everyone is welcome. Please contact June or if you need more information.

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Cookie Swap December 18 at Rise of Meeting

Charlene Ray shares:

Announcing the return of the MMM Cookie Swap on December 18, after meeting in-person! We have some great bakers in the meeting and this is a lovely chance for all of to share these gifts. The idea is that everyone who wants to brings 3 dozen cookies. Bring your favorite cookie whether made or purchased. Or just come! There will be goodie bags so everyone can go home with an assortment of cookies. We hope to see you there.

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“Except Mr. Dickinson”

Sally Campbell shares:

“Except Mr. Dickinson,” a new play commissioned by the Quakers at the 15th Street Monthly Meeting, NYC, will have its world premier this month. Dates and showtimes are:

Fri, Oct 14, 7:30 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 7:30 PM
Fri, Oct 21, 7:30 PM
Oct 22 Sat, Two Shows!
3:00 PM Matinee and 7:30 PM

More information can be found at:

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Planning for the Future: An Introduction to Financial Planning Tools with Q&A Time

Charelene Ray shares:

It seems that the world is spinning faster, that it is difficult to make sense out of it, with vestiges of the latest pandemic, war in the Ukraine, ramping inflation and the impact of climate on our lives. How can anyone concentrate on the future when the present is so turbulent?

You are invited to join some NYQM Friends for an evening with Anthea Perkinson (see her bio below), who has a passion for financial planning and looking into that crystal ball called the future. Financial options get complicated quickly; this is a great opportunity to ask questions, to chat with each other, and enjoy some refreshments.

The financial workshop is organized by the NYQM working group, Concern for Quaker Living (CQL), and will be given on, Thursday, October 20, 6:30-8, Room 1, at 15 Rutherford Place. Please join us in person or on zoom.

As space is limited to 20 people, if you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by email to by Monday Oct 17, along with any questions or concerns. This will help us plan!

And if you plan to attend virtually, please RSVP to to get the zoom link, several days ahead.

We hope to see you there!!!

Here’s Anthea’s bio: Anthea Perkinson CFP®, EA, RMA®, founder and principal at Monterey Associates and the Director of Content Development for Money Made Simple, a New York City based nonprofit organization dedicated to high quality, free financial literacy education*. Prior to founding Monterey Associates, Anthea worked in retail financial services for 25 years. Most recently as a vice president at AXA Equitable Life (now Equitable Life Insurance Company) responsible for strategic account management for sales of annuities, life insurance and mutual funds through banks and independent broker dealers. Anthea is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of New York and a former Co-director of the chapter’s Pro Bono Committee, which provides financial literacy education and counseling to underserved populations in New York City. As a frequent speaker on personal finance topics, she has presented to audiences at nonprofits including Career Gear, Project Renewal, Dress for Success, Working in Support of Education (W!SE) and Sanctuary For Families. She has conducted classes on personal finance topics at NYU, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Westchester Community College, The New School, St. Bart’s Church, the West Harlem Development Corporation and Eastside House.

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