May 2021
 — Ruth Yarrow
through my eyelids
in the velvet
of a silent
winter night
bursts the pulsing
sleep disturbing
deep unsettling
flashing light
my heart is beating
mind retreating
I feel the fear
of hunted deer
white tails flashing
my herd is dashing
into safety –
I’m in the rear
and suddenly
my skin is dark
police cars circle
where I park
all in silence
my heart is beating
lights are flashing. . . 
then comes a crashing
and familiar
grating sound
it’s a snowplow
scraping velvet
piles of snow
from frozen ground
my fear subsides
my fast pulse slows
but in my heart
awareness grows
Project Abundance Germinates

If you’ve attended Meeting for Worship in person at our Third Street Meetinghouse, or just been past there recently you probably noticed several raised garden beds installed on the tree lawn and along the fence. What you’re seeing is the beginning of Project Abundance. Thanks in part to a mini-grant from Sustainable Tompkins, Ithaca Monthly Meeting’s Earthcare Committee has launched Project Abundance to “make real the sense of abundance nature offers us – and incorporate the sacredness of nature and the miracle of growth more within neighborhood communities and within our own congregations” (from the grant application). Food and flowers growing in the raised beds will be available for anyone in the neighborhood to pick and use for free.
Spring Gathering is May 14 - 16. Register by May 12!

Our theme this year is shown in the image below that illustrates the ways that racial justice, climate justice, and economic justice intersect.

Our plenary speaker is Beverly Ward, an earthcare advocate from Southeastern Yearly Meeting who works in some of the spaces these struggles converge. A panel discussion follows.

Films, interest groups on a variety of subjects, family activities, a mini-concert, a Talent Show, Bible study, and a healing circle are only some of the activities this rich weekend together will offer.

Here is a list of the Interest Groups
  • Peruvian Outreach Project: Returning the Love, Building the Future
  • Quaker Aspen: Quakers @ Work
  • Doctrine of Discovery, Unmasking the Domination Code (film & discussion)
  • Serving up electric pressure cooking, with a side of environmental justice
  • Social Media for Meetings: Supporting Informed and Spirit-Led Discernment
  • Beverly Ward discussion following the plenary
  • Viruses, Vaccines, Science, and the Creation
  • Becoming an antiracist faith community: Where is NYYM at?

Please join us.

Questions? Write to, or call our registrar, Bronwyn Mohlke, at 607-220-3219.

Donna Beckwith (Perry City) Chuck and Sally Zelasko (Orchard Park),
Mary Klaus (Orchard Park), Jeff Barr (Fredonia)

Chuck Moehler Memorial Meeting for Worship likely May 29th

Save the date. The Memorial Meeting for Worship for Chuck Moehler will likely be held on May 29, 2021 at our Hector Meetinghouse. Please watch the listserv for more details. Anyone with questions on this memorial meeting can contact Melissa Travis Dunham or Emily Williams, who are organizing it for IMM.
White Accountability and Organizing : Not Too Late to Join

This workshop is for white people who want to work against racism and for people of color who want to support white people in doing so. Topics in this second-level course cover why accountability is important and what can be done to achieve it.

The workshop is May 5th, 12th, and 19th, but if you missed the first session, it's not too late; sessions will be recorded. Scholarships available if needed; use scholarship code FCRJ.

For more information, contact Robin Alpern, registrar, at

— Angela Hopkins
NYYM Summer Sessions Interest Groups Take Shape

Once again, I’ll be traveling to the Silver Bay YMCA in the Adirondacks for our virtual New York Year Meeting Summer Sessions, July 25-31, 2021. Silver Bay YMCA is kindly honoring the NYYM discount prices for folks who reserve a room for that week. To learn more, visit
This year, NYYM will offer interest groups during the three weeks prior to Summer Sessions, starting on July 5. Facilitators can choose for their "Summer Interest Group" to meet once or multiple times during that period. 
Interest groups are a great way to introduce a topic to Friends or to dive deeper, to learn or to share, to relax or worship or create, and can consist of a presentation, slide show, film, discussion group, game, or other activity. 

Do you have a passion, skill, activity, or energy to share with the NYYM community? The topic and format are limited only by your imagination and the constraints of meeting online. Please fill out the proposal form by the end of May:

— Melanie-Claire Mallison
Option to join by Zoom every Sunday at 10:30am

For Friends who cannot join us Sunday at 10am at Hector Meetinghouse or at 10:30 at Third Street Meetinghouse:

Friends can join online Meeting for Worship using a computer, with or without a video camera, or by phone. Join online with this link or from your Zoom app with Meeting ID: 372 632 479 and password: friends. You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID: 372 632 479 when prompted.

These instructions and more are available in the site with a big Connect to Meeting for Worship button.
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. The minutes from April are here.

May Calendar of Ithaca Monthly Meeting
IMM Guys Lunch
Thursday, June 3, 12n

First Thursdays of the month, and a time together for Quaker men and people who dont mind talking to them. Bring your lunch and enjoy fellowship.
Sunday, May 2, 9:30a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched. This week, we will be watching "My Journey as a Transgender Quaker."
Peace and Social Justice Committee
Sunday, May 16, 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.
Sunday, May 16, 9:30a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched.
Womens Fellowship is Zooming
Friday, May 21, 6:30p

Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants... or not... and join us for an informal hangout. Hope to see you there!
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Sunday, May 23, 12:30p

Please send annual reports to the Clerk by the preceding Monday. (Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.)
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 <> 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;
120 Third Street • Ithaca NY 14850
Gina Varrichio, Clerk

Pat Sewell, Treasurer
Marin Clarkberg, Newsletter editor
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