October 2021
Using IMMs “announcements” listserv

As a Meeting, we have often considered how we might best use electronic mailing lists. IMM now has three listservsannouncements, witness, and communityso that Friends may actively choose which content they would like to receive.

Recently, it has come to the attention of the Communications Committee that there have been several postings on the announcements listserv which convey politicized opinions in addition to event information.

Friends might not realize their content is political, perhaps because they assume we all agree on a certain political perspective or share a single point of view on contentious issues. This assumption, however, may not hold. Friends who do not agree may find themselves feeling shut out of our Meeting. Further, those feeling a need to dispute a claim in an electronic posting or to disagree with an emailed announcement have no appropriate place to do that. 

Communications Committee asks Friends to limit the content on the announcements listserv to just the who, what, when, and where of Quaker activities or events. Advocacy for certain positions or efforts to try to convince people of the political importance of an event should go on the witness list. Those who want to express more than just the who, what, where, and when are invited to make a note at the end of their announcement that more information can be found on the witness list (include the subject line to look for).

During worship sharing at the September 2021 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, some Friends talked about people feeling not included when assumptions are made that an opinion stated is shared by everyone. On occasion this situation has led to back-and-forth discussions on the listserv. We know from experience that in the absence of real face-to-face communication, misunderstandings of content or tone can easily occur, and things can quickly become angry and combative. 
Friends are reminded that the purpose of the announcements list is to let Friends communicate important information that is directly related to Ithaca Monthly Meeting or to wider Quaker organizations, like Regional or Yearly Meeting, FCRJ, FCNL, AFSC, or FGC. Of the three lists, it is the one that all Friends who participate are subscribed to, and for some Friends the only one they use. In an effort to communicate with everyone, occasionally Friends use the announcements list for more than Quaker-related information.
Some examples of things appropriate for Announcements are: 
  • Times and places for Meeting for Worship  
  • Times, agendas, and minutes for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business 
  • Newsletter deadlines, and the newsletter itself  
  • Information related to building use, Covid protocols, etc.
  • Announcements of meetings of IMM groups or committees or other IMM activities that are open to all
  • Announcements related to ACT (Area Congregations Together) and Kitchen Cupboard, organizations with which IMM has a formal relationship.
  • Announcements from Regional and Yearly Meeting
  • Announcements from wider Quaker organizations 
  • Notices of Friends who have passed, Memorial Services, etc.
 Some examples of things the Announcements list should not be used for:
  • Calls to activism or announcements of protests, political actions, etc. These should go on the witness list.
  • Things that are of concern only to a small number of Friends who could easily be messaged individually, or by ccing all those concerned.  
  • Anything that could be controversial and might tend to engender discussion or disagreement. Again: This means limiting announcements to who, what, when, and where. 
The purpose of the Witness list is to let Friends share information about social justice or peace witness, social justice, Earthcare, or racial equity events or background details of special relevance to Friends. Some examples would be:
  • Information that gives specifics about content or opinions related to meetings or events listed on the announcements list.
  • Invitations to volunteer in a community service activity or political protest.
  • Essays that speak to a political concern from a Quaker perspective.
  • Background on a witness concern of interest to Friends.
Our third listthe Community list—provides a place to share information to enhance and support the community among Friends. Some examples of things that belong here are:
  • Requests for things like pet sitting, or to borrow camping equipment
  • Sharing information about music recitals or art shows that Friends are participating in.
  • Invitations to join a Friend who wants company attending a movie or community event.
  • Offers of extra bounty from one’s garden or extra tickets to a show
The Communications Committees appreciates that instances will arise in which it is not clear which list to use, or what should or should not be said on the listservs. We also recognize that Friends have generally approached the use of the listservs thoughtfully and with good intentions, and we trust that we will all continue to use our best discernment in these cases. Good communication is not easy in any format, but especially so online!

— Nancy Riffer, Communications Committee
QuakerSpeak Discussion Series, Fall 2021
QuakerSpeak discussions are starting up again on Sunday, October 3rd and will take place on the first and third Sundays of the month for the foreseeable future.  We watch a QuakerSpeak video together and then share whatever thoughts arise.  

Generally, the discussion is less formal than Worship Sharing but more measured and thoughtful than a typical conversation. Available either in person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or on zoom (hybrid gathering) from 9:15 to 10am (allowing travel time to in-person worship at 10:30).   The zoom link is available in the event on the IMM calendar on our website: IthacaMonthlyMeeting.org, or watch for an announcement on the first and third Saturday of the month on the IMM Announcements listserv.

October 3 will be the first in a new series that will be a review of Quaker Basics.  The QuakerSpeak videos in this series will be the following:
  1. What is a Quaker?
  2.  Nine Core Quaker Beliefs
  3. What are the Quaker SPICES?
  4. What are your favorite Quaker words or passages?
  5. A few favorite aspects of Quaker Faith and Practice
  6. Changing Course for the Kingdom of Heaven

All are welcome!

— Carol Clarke
Return of the Quaker Women

Quaker Women's Fellowship will resume September 17 at 7 pm on Zoom. Please join us every third Friday evening for a friendly, informal virtual gathering. You don't have to attend Meeting, or even change out of your sweat pants to hang out and chat. 
New York Quakers launch newsletter for families

Friends, New York Yearly Meeting is launching a children and families newsletter! This newsletter is called Illuminations and it serves everyone in our Quaker community who holds space for the spiritual growth of children and youth. It is an effort to more intentionally communicate with families and people who work with young Friends. Inside, you'll find upcoming offerings, suggested resources, and more. 
The first issue describes the intentions for the newsletter, and invite Friends to sign up for Quaker Parent Support Groups and Children’s Resource Packets. There’s also some other timely announcements. 
If receiving this newsletter appeals to you, please visit our Mailchimp sign-up page to join the Illuminations newsletter list. It's completely free to sign up! Also, please share with other folks who may benefit from this new offering. 
With a grateful heart, 
Joy Meikle, Illuminations Editor, illuminations@nyym.org

Worship at Hector

Meeting for Worship at the Hector Meetinghouse, 10:30a on Sundays, will be outdoors when weather permits. Bring a chair if you can.

The Hector Meetinghouse is located 5 miles northwest of Ithaca at 5066 Perry City Road, off Route 96. There is no running water or electricity, but a port-a-potty is available. Park along the road on the same side as the Meetinghouse, keeping driveways clear.
Where are Monthly Meeting minutes?

The minutes from Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business can be found on the right-side column of our website.
October Calendar of Ithaca Monthly Meeting
Earthcare Committee
Sunday, October 3, 12:30p

This committee meeting is open to all who would like to attend. Contact the clerk of the committee for the link to the Zoom meeting.
Mens Fellowship
Thursday, October 7, 7p

We are going to Ithaca Bakery! In the evening! Quaker men—and anyone who wants to hang out with Quaker men—are warmly invited.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Sunday, October 10, 12:30p

Please send agenda items to the Clerk by the preceding Monday. (Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.)
Womens Fellowship
Friday, October 15, 7p

Please join us every third Friday evening for a friendly, informal virtual gathering. You don't have to attend Meeting, or even change out of your sweat pants to hang out and chat.
Peace and Social Justice Committee
Sunday, October 17, 12:30p

This is an open committee, meaning that all are welcome; participation does not go through the Nominating Committee process. Please feel free to come and bring your own concerns or interests. At this time we are meeting via Zoom; use the gray button below or: 
  • Meeting ID: 874 5684 8390
  • Password: peace
If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Schneider 607-351-0057.
Womens Chair Yoga now by Zoom
Monday & Thursdays, 11a to noon
This long-running group, which met for years at the meetinghouse, now runs on Zoom, making it more accessible than ever. To join in, email <jaihari10@gmail.com> The group is about half Friends and half neighbors, nurturing the Inner Light. No yoga experience required. There is a sliding-scale fee. For more info or questions, Nancy Gabriel, 607-339-7123; ntg2@cornell.edu.
120 Third Street • Ithaca NY 14850
Gina Varrichio, Clerk

Pat Sewell, Treasurer
Marin Clarkberg, Newsletter editor
Newsletter contributions due on
last Monday of the month at 5pm