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Mentors needed

Jerry Reisig shares:

Friends,

I had such a meaningful experience mentoring a younger person last year (I continue talking with him) that I have signed up for another session. This time around, we have more than enough Seekers, but we lack older Mentors to work with them. If you have any interest in mentoring a younger person, please sign up. (If during the process you find that it is too much, you can always stop.) You do not have to be “good” or “comfortable” with younger people to do this (my knowledge was very minimal), but your experience as a Friend could be invaluable. The program provides excellent training and support. Trust me; I know.

Access the full information packet at https://bit.ly/nyymmentoring2021 and sign up at https://bit.ly/nyymmentoringinterest2021. The deadline to sign up is November 30 (Marissa just informed me that it has been moved up a little)!

If you have any questions, contact the wonderful Marissa Badgley, the Interim Director @ yafs@nyym.org.

In Friendship,
Jerry Reisig

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Memorial Service for Patricia Chernoff

Ed Elder shares:

Patricia Chernoff’s memorial service will be on Dec. 4th at 12, noon, in the Prospect Park Cemetery. Directions to the Cemetery are on the Quarterly Meeting Website. Please email Peter Chernoff (pchernoff@hotmail.com) if you are planning on attending.

Ministry and Counsel

Veterans For Peace/ 20 years of the War on Terror

June Tano shares:

The Veterans For Peace Speaking Tour in Japan 2021 will be held on Saturday, December 4. At 7:30 PM EST there will be a Screening of the documentary film “Disneyland of War”. The main program begins at 8:00 PM EST.

More information, including a link to attend by Zoom, can be found on their website.

Please contact June if you are interested in attending.

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Quakers and the Struggle for Women's Vote

Charlene Ray shares:

Three videos from the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse’s program series “Struggle for Women’s Suffrage: Politics and Race” are now available for viewing on YouTube. The most recent “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Poet, Activist, Reformer,” is presented by Marcia Robinson, Asst. Professor of Religion, Syracuse University. Harper was an influential abolitionist, suffragist, poet, lecturer, and reformer who co-founded the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. She was a household name in the nineteenth century. Born free in Baltimore, she was one of the first African American women to be published in the United States.

You can also watch ”The Famous Friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass”, presented by Carol Faulkner, a professor of history at Syracuse University and also ”Hester Jeffrey: Temperance; Suffrage; Political Action”, presented by Susan Goodier, professor at SUNY Oneonta.

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What does it mean to be human? The Sights, Sounds, Tastes, and Touch of Finland and Estonia

Wallace Bass Boyd shares:

Come support my 55th birthday trip around the world to learn what it means to be human. Enjoy the tastes, sights, sounds, and textures of of Helsinki and Tallinn, including and Finnish pancakes and black bread, the “Estonian Singing Revolution” and the lessons learned from travelling over 4,000 miles away to two of the most unusual places in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Date: Friday, Dec 3
Time: 1 - 3pm

For more information, contact Wallace at curvingblessings@gmail.com. Face to face address and Zoom links will be provided to RSVPs.

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Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship… Reading Group

Friends are cordially invited to this reading group beginning on Monday, November 22, 2021, 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. EST. We will read the book “Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship - Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice” by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye, and we will gather on the third Monday of every month.

Vanessa Julye will be joining us on November 22nd, for the start of the reading of the book. If you have any questions for Vanessa, please forward them ahead of November 19th to the e-mail: fitforfreedomnotforfriendship@gmail.com, and mark your subject line: “Questions for Vanessa.” We may not get to answer all of the questions, due to time limitations.

Chapters in the book are roughly 30 to 40 pages long. We estimate a chapter per session is probably a reasonable expectation; HOWEVER, to allow full discussion and deeper understanding of the full work, we will take the time that it takes. If a chapter requires a deeper and longer dive, we plan to take that time. We suggest that Friends read the preface, Authors’ statement, and the first chapter prior to our first gathering.

We are suggesting that both, the book and its study guide can be ordered from FGC. The book cost is currently $22.95 plus shipping, while the study guide is a downloadable e-book that costs $5. Support for obtaining the book and study guide is available. Please send your request to the e-mail mentioned above, and mark your subject line: “Book and/or Study Guide.” Make sure your e-mail includes your full name, your shipping address and contact number.

Please register your R.S.V.P. via this form.

Zoom link for November 22, 2021
Meeting I.D.: 470 171 7659
Password: Woolman

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Racial Justice Study Group, October 24, 2021

On October 24th at 1pm, the Morningside Racial Justice Study group will be discussing Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, PhD, Mrietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazard, PhD.

Something Happened to Our Town is designed to be read to children ages 4 to 8, and focuses on bias (prejudiced attitudes) and injustice (discriminatory actions) against African Americans. While this book focuses on African Americans the concepts are relevant for all children, including children from other ethnic minority groups and children with multiracial identities. This book provides messages of empowerment and positive community support, which help children to maintain a sense of balance and safety in our imperfect world. The book’s message of acceptance can also be applied to other difference between people that children may encounter. In additional to bias based on race, children may confront stereotypes based on gender, disability, economic class, culture, family type, or other factors.

There are many benefits of beginning to discuss racial bias and injustice with young children of all races and ethnicities:

  1. Children as young as three years of age notice and comment on differences in skin color;
  2. Humans of all ages tend to ascribe positive qualities to the group that they belong to and negative qualities to other groups;
  3. Despite some parents’ attempts to protect their children from frightening media content, children often become aware of incidents of community violence, including police shootings;
  4. Parents who don’t proactively talk about racial issues with their children are inadvertently teaching their children that race is a taboo subject. Parents who want to raise children to accept individuals from diverse cultures need to counter negative attitudes that their children develop from exposure to the negative racial stereotypes that persist in our society
Racial Justice Study Group

Save the Date! Protect Our Ocean March

June Tano shares this message with the community:

We will have a march and rally on Saturday, October 2nd. It is to stop releasing the radioactive water from Fukushima, Japan. If the voice is loud, the Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) may listen. So I am hoping many of you can join us. More details are on our flyer, and I will send it to you if you want.

We have a few friends kindly offered to volunteer. It would be great if you could help us too; such as taking photos and videos at the parks or/and streets. We also have some giveaway flyers and pamphlets at the sites. If you can help us, that’s great! Please let me know.

The march plan is as follows:

  • Attenders are encouraged to wear masks, and take a social distancing.
  • If you have, please wear something blue (ocean color).
  • Bring any size of paper, panel, or cloth, that has “Protect Our Ocean” sign or any message/ drawing regarding the clean ocean.
  • Meet at west side of Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 41st St.) around 10:45 am.
  • The march starts at 11:00 am from there to 42nd St. (south side) —Second Ave.(east side) —47th St.
  • The last stop is Dag Hammarskjold Plaza/ bet. First Ave. and Second Ave. & 47th St.
  • Rally will start at 12:00 noon, and end at 1:00 pm. There will be speeches, performance, singing, and information sharing. If you or your friend want to make a speech (2-3 minutes) about “Protect Our Ocean”, that’ll be great. Please let me know.

Thank you again, and I am looking forward to seeing you on October 2nd!

Peace.

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Respond to CQL Survey Recommendations on September 19 at 12:45

At our last Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business the clerk invited Morningside Friends to consider recommendations from NYQM based on a survey among NYC Friends. The survey, “Study on the Needs and Concerns of Elder Quakers in New York City”, was performed under the direction of CQL (Concerns for Quaker Living) a working group under the care of NYQM Ministry and Counsel Committee.

The four recommendations to consider are:

  1. Create a detailed proposal of what could be developed to support older Friends’ housing needs
  2. Develop and maintain relationships between monthly meetings and one or two service providers for older people
  3. Grow a more cohesive capacity to communicate with individual NYC Friends
  4. Foster a culture of trust

While these four recommendations are intertwined, CQL has some thoughts about what could be developed to support housing needs of Older Friends and would like to move forward with a feasibility study, using funds previously donated for this purpose.

Morningside Meeting has been asked to respond to these recommendations at the NYQM meeting In October. In order that everyone may be as well informed as possible, Carol Wilkinson and Charlene Ray are representing CQL and will be available to talk more about the work of CQL and answer any questions, Sunday, Sept 19, 12:45pm after Meeting for Worship. The zoom link will be the same as for Meeting for Worship.

For your convenience a summary of the survey and the actual survey are available here. We hope that Morningside Friends will support this initiative.

Please feel free to contact Charlene or Carol via morningsidequakermeeting@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The Zoom link is the same as the one for meeting for worship. We will start at 12:45 and hope to see you there!

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PYM Conference Call to Assist Afghan Refugees

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is inviting NYYM Monthly Meetings to ask their representatives to join a conference call to be held Thursday, September 9th at 8:00 PM EST, in order to hear about how Quakers can support incoming Afghan refugees. PYM has invited representatives from the Church World Service, the PYM Middle East Collaborative, and other groups as well. If you can attend, please register directly with PYM at the link below.

https://www.pym.org/event/conference-call-assist-afghan-refugees/

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