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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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Indigenous Walk About with Friends—October 10. Please join us!

Charelene Ray shares:

You are invited to join some Morningside Friends to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, October 10. We plan to meet 10:15am at the National Museum of the American Indian for a wander through their Native New York exhibit to be followed by a time of sharing.

We will start with where we are, enlarge our understanding of what was here before the European settlements and ask where the remnants of these cultures are now? What part of creation represented in this visit took your breath away? What does it mean to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly?

Please RSVP to with your name, so we know to expect you.

Bulletin Board, Peace & Social Concerns Committee

An Urgent Call to the Religious Society of Friends, May 2022

Art Moritz shares:

Some members and attenders of Morningside Monthly Meeting have been informally discussing the subject “Urgent Call”. Its text is available from the sponsors only as a downloadable PDF file. As such, it is not smartphone friendly.

Our Communications Committee has made an HTML version available on the website so that our members and attenders can more easily view the “Urgent Call” on their phones.

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Invitation to First Day Breakfast

Charlene Ray writes:

We invite you to join us for breakfast at the Riverside Cafe at Riverside Church on Sunday, August 28, at 9:30am, in person. We love this chance to be with each other, catch up and share what’sgoing on at Morningside and in Quakerism so we hope you will join us. Anyone at Riverside can direct you to the cafe, go through the line, select your food and tell the cashier you are with the Quakers and come join us at one of the round tables; the Meeting will pick up the tab. We hope to see you there!

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Artist Profile: Ed Sorel

Sally Campbell shares:

Here is a profile of one of our more famous Morningsiders: Ed Sorel.

Ed Sorel Artist Profile

Gary Sandman wrote a book, Quaker Artists, which we have in our library. Every month he writes about another Quaker artist and this time it was about Ed who joined our meeting a long time ago, but we still claim him as ours. On the shelf in the library called By Morningsiders there are books and CD’s by many past and present members including Ed.

Gary’s book and artists pieces he wrote subsequent to the book are available through his website:

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Charlotte Erhman

Charlene Ray shares:

Charlotte Erhman, a cherished Morningsider, is recovering from a fall at Village/Care on West Houston Street. In a recent visit from Ernie, Charlotte was talkative, and smiling when her roommate kept getting into the conversation. She still is confined to the bed and said several times about going to her own home. She is not comfortable with the phone, but visits and cards are welcome.

VillageCare, Charlotte Ehrman, Room 213 A
214 W Houston St
New York, NY 10014

Village Care is requiring a rapid test and mask wearing and hours are 10-noon, 2-5pm and 6:30- 8pm. Limit of 2 visitors at a time.

Quaker Call to Action

Friends from the New York Quarterly Meeting share this message:

  1. If you have not heard about the Urgent “Quaker Call to Action” organized by weighty Friends around the country, you can read about it here: The upcoming virtual conversation, scheduled for July 31, still has space. There has been a third call scheduled for August 18.

  2. An interest group at Summer Sessions in Silver Bay was held on 7/27 (with Margaret Lew of NYQM and Diane Keefe of Wilton Meeting) to season a response. The Witness Coordinating Committee will also be considering an NYYM response.

  3. NYC Friends will hold an all-day gathering at Penington House on August 6, facilitated by Penington Co-Directory Todd Drake and NYQM’s Margaret Lew. The first half of the day will consider the Call, and the second half will be a workshop on the “Deep Canvassing” method of reaching out across ideological barriers to, in a loving and respectful way, seek positive mutual goals.

  4. Any time you would like to join a group of NYC Friends engaged in canvassing in this spirit, send your email address to, and she will share with you opportunities to join with a Quaker group out in the field.

In Friendship,

Margaret Lew, Todd Drake (Penington Friends House), Ann Kjellberg

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