Discuss IMM’s Burtt House with Friends
Ithaca Monthly Meeting (IMM) owns a house at 227 Willard Way, not far from the top of Ithaca Falls. Ned and Marjorie Burtt bequeathed their house to the Meeting in 1981. More recently, the Burtt House became the home of the Friends Center for Racial Justice (FCRJ).
Please join us in discussion of the Burtt House, whether or not you think you have something to share. A discussion of IMM’s relationship with the Burtt House is a way to get to know more about others in our community.
Consider one or more of the following opportunities:
- Sunday, Sept 18 @ 12:30pm - In person only at the Third Street Meetinghouse
- Wednesday, Sept 21 @ 6pm - Online only via Zoom (passcode: friends; by phone dial 929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 840 1819 9474 when prompted)
- Sunday, Sept 25 @ 9am - Hybrid, e.g. online via Zoom and in person at the Third Street Meetinghouse (passcode: friends; by phone dial 929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 840 1819 9474 when prompted)
Why is this happening?
At November 2021’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, a Minute from Trustees was approved. The Minute reads, in part:
To better explore the Meeting’s leadings with respect to the Burtt House property, IMM Trustees proposes establishing a Burtt House Working Group [BHWG]. This group would be charged with planning and facilitating next steps in this discernment, likely beginning with worship sharing sessions regarding IMM’s relationship to the Burtt House. Trustees request Antonia Saxon, Steve Mohlke, Nancy Gabriel, Angela Hopkins, and Gina Varrichio be named to serve on this working group.
During the BHWG’s meetings, our first goal has emerged: community-building for IMM. We have been separate from each other for more than two years. We take our charge to mean, facilitating ways for everyone in IMM to be included, to be heard, on the subject of our relationship to the building which has been part of the life of IMM since the Burtts were active members.
Our individual relationships to the building vary. Some people have lived there; others have never seen the place. Each came to know the building at a different time in a different way. For some, the FCRJ is an important part of their relationship with the house and for others, it isn’t.
As the Meeting gathers, all those experiences can be heard and addressed. The metaphor that seems apt is that of a river, with many streams springing from different sources and gradually converging into a single flow.
These gatherings will be in the spirit of “come as you are.” Each person enters from a starting point that only that person can express; each needs a chance to reflect on their present state of awareness about the Burtt House.
These are not decision-making meetings. In the process of sharing, we will learn more about each other.
This is the first round. The sharing that takes place will guide the next round.
— Steve Mohlke