November 2020
Announcements
NYYM Meeting for Love, Unity, and Prayer

Join us on Sunday, November 1 from 5-6pm for a Meeting for Love, Unity, and Prayer designed for young adult Friends but open to all.

This space is for all Friends (young adults and anyone else who feels led to be with young adults) looking for space for grounding, support, community, and love ahead of what may be a challenging and anxiety-ridden week.

We seek to create a unifying, safe, and welcoming space for Friends from diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and beliefs. Therefore, while this is a place where you can bring any and all feelings, this is not a space for political pontification or partisan opinion-sharing. We will hold each other and the country/world in love and light, and pray for unity, peace, justice, and compassion on both personal and systemic levels. Please join us!

Please register here so that we know how many people to expect.
Swords into Plowshares: “Nuclear Weapons, Illegal, Immoral”

— Garry Thomas

Photo, right: Kings Bay Plowshares banner left at the 
Trident Submarine Base introduced as evidence by the prosecution

In the dark of night on April 4, 2018, seven anti-nuclear activists entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Marys, Georgia, home to six Trident submarines to carry out a long-planned Plowshare’s action. It was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Ithaca’s Clare Grady, a person of conscience and committed Catholic Worker like the others involved in the action, was one of the seven. She and the others cut their way through an anchor chain fence, poured their blood on an administration building, spray painted religious messages, and partially dismantled a monument to the Trident missile. And then awaited their arrest.

The protestors, which included Liz McAlister (80), widow of Phil Berrigan, and Martha Hennessy (64), granddaughter of Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, called themselves the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven. They took their name from the words of the prophet Isaiah (2:4), who called upon “nations to beat their swords into plowshares and neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Support Immigrants through Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance
 
There are two organizations working with one another to help immigrants in our area. Below are ways that we can support them, including a December 5 fundraiser, child care, and driving. If you think one of the volunteer efforts is something you decide to look into, identify yourself as a Friend/Quaker so they know how you heard about these needs:
 
  • Drucila, a woman from Guatemala, is living in sanctuary at the First Congregational Church with her pre-school age daughter, Jessie. All is going well. The needs at this time are for occasional child care for Jessie when she is not in day care and Drucila has another commitment. If you are interested in helping in this way and spending time with this little girl, please contact me. Different congregations are working with Drucila each week; I will get the proper contact info for you.
 
  • ISA also works with the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition (TCIRC). Currently there is a need for housing beginning December 1 for a young Haitian family living downtown. If you know of anything that is accessible to a bus line, and hopefully below $750 a month, please let Leslie Schultz know at ls30@cornell.edu. People seeking asylum in the U.S. are not allowed to work for 18 months, so they are dependent on the assistance of TCIRC and ISA.
 
  • The Haitian family also needs child care for twins (age 11 months) and Hayoumi (age 3) on Tu/Th 9:30-11:30 so parent can attend ESL class. Let me know if this is of interest to you and I'll get the contact info.
 
  • A fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 5. It is a chance to purchase and take home Guatemalan food and Haitian soup. The pick-up will be from the First Congregational Church. The exact times are yet to be decided and I will share that info once I know. This is a chance to taste the food of these two families living in our midst.

  • There is a need for driving for both ISA and TCIRC. This involves completing a driver's training. In order to be a driver, ISA hopes that people will take the Cornell Farmworker Program (CFP) "Do No Harm" Training. These trainings are held as soon as there are six people who have submitted an application expressing interest in helping. The application asks for personal references. The CFP has done many of these trainings at the Meeting House but they are now being held remotely. Click here to apply. If you would like to know more about this, contact Kristen: kmb.ithaca@gmail.com.
 
Elizabeth Schneider

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

If you haven't already voted, please put on your mask and go vote.
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 October are here.
Virtual workshops from Powell House

Powell House is a retreat center for New York Yearly Meeting. Workshops continue on-line.

Upcoming offerings include:
  • Cleansing Mind and Body: Worries and Bothers of Pandemic and Elections Washed and Cleared. November 14, 2-4pm
  • Surviving and Thriving: 11th grade to Young Adults. November 20-22.
  • PoHo Book Club reads Hamilton, December 5, 10a-noon.
For more information, see: https://poho.org/
Worship at Hector on Sundays

Meeting for Worship at the Hector Meetinghouse will continue in November at 10am. Remember to dress warmly, bring a mask and towel or other cloth covering for where you sit, and to sign a Covid-screening sheet in the entryway. Directions to the Hector Meetinghouse are here.
November Calendar of Ithaca Monthly Meeting
QuakerSpeak
Sunday, November 1, 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."
IMM Guys Lunch
Thursday, November 5, 12n

A time together for Quaker men and people who dont mind talking to them. Bring your lunch and enjoy fellowship.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Sunday, November 8, 12:30p

Please send agenda items to the Clerk by Monday, November 2. (Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.)
QuakerSpeak
Sunday, November 15, 9:30a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched.
Womens Fellowship is Zooming
Friday, November 20, 6:30p

Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants... or not... and join us for an informal hangout. Hope to see you there!
Womens Chair Yoga now by Zoom
Monday & Thursdays, 11a to noon
People are joining in now from several states, so being new to this activity isn’t a problem. Lots of focus on lung health these days. Email Nancy Gabriel by the evening before in order to receive the link: ntg2@cornell.edu.
120 Third Street • Ithaca NY 14850
Gina Varrichio, Clerk
clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
607-272-2512

Pat Sewell, Treasurer
treasurer@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
Marin Clarkberg, Newsletter editor
clarkberg@cornell.edu
Newsletter contributions due on
last Monday of the month at 5pm