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Monthly Meeting October 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business October 11, 2020 Clerk: Gina Varrichio Standing in for the Recording Clerks: Ellie Rosenberg, Melissa Travis Dunham, Gina Varrichio (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Please note that copies of all reports […]

Swords into Plowshares: “Nuclear Weapons, Illegal, Immoral”

By Garry Thomas 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, […]

Letter from The Clerk

Dearest Friends, At Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting’s Fall Gathering earlier this month, participants were asked to reflect on three queries: 1) What has changed since we wrote our State of the Meeting reports, and what may need to be changed? 2) How do we recognize what is needed? Describe your sense of how Friends are […]

On the internet: What it means to be a Quaker & covenant community

Friends, in this time away from face-to-face gathering, I’ve discovered some wonderful resources on the internet that have helped me think about what it means to be a Quaker and what it would mean to be a “covenant community.” Let me share some links and very brief (and incomplete) statements about what they include. There […]

Monthly Meeting September 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business September 13, 2020 (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Please note that copies of all annual reports provided during this Meeting are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording […]

Monthly Meeting August 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business August 9, 2020 Clerk: Gina Varrichio Recording Clerks: Marin Clarkberg, Blair Jennings (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Copies of all written reports are on file with and available from the Clerk […]

In-Person Worship at Third Street

We have room for 22 socially distanced people to worship in person at our Third Street Meetinghouse. We feel led to make sure that as a welcoming community we leave some seats for those who may just show up. We are making plans for 18 people who have signed up ahead of time. If you would […]

Monthly Meeting July 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business July 12, 2020 Clerk: Gina Varrichio Recording Clerks: Marin Clarkberg, Blair Jennings (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Copies of all written reports are on file with and available from the Clerk […]

Monthly Meeting June 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of FriendsMeeting for Worship with Attention to Business June 7, 2020 (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Please note that copies of all annual reports provided during this Meeting are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording Clerk.) […]

Amy Grace Mekeel

Earlier I have written about Friends from the past who had prominent roles in the founding and early history of IMM.  Additional Friends participated actively in the early years of IMM, but the last of these that I would highlight is Amy Grace Mekeel (1885-1976).  Amy Grace attended Westtown School and later received her BA […]

Monthly Meeting May 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of FriendsMeeting for Worship with Attention to Business May 3, 2020 Clerk: Gina Varrichio Recording Clerks: Marin Clarkberg, Blair Jennings (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Copies of all written reports are on file with and available from the Clerk or […]

Which listserv do I use?

For many years, Ithaca Monthly Meeting has had a listserv, hosted through Cornell. There also has been an email distribution list, managed by Marilyn Ray, commonly called “Marilyn’s List” used for content relating to peace and social justice.  As a Meeting, we sometimes struggle with wanting to share information with our Meeting community while not […]

Advices (from Faith and Practice)

From the beginnings of our Society, we have considered it necessary to assemble frequently for the purpose of public worship held in expectant waiting for divine guidance, thereby manifesting our belief in and dependence upon our creator. Meeting for worship is fundamental for us, and we should be diligent and punctual in our attendance. We […]

Queries (from Faith and Practice)

Are meetings for worship and business held in expectant waiting for divine guidance? Are we regular and punctual in attendance? Are we willing and faithful in the service of our meeting and in financial support of its activities? Do we make opportunity in our daily lives for communion with God and the opening of our […]

Clerk’s Message, May 2020

Dearest Friends, I am called to write you a love letter. Like the best love letters, it is budding with affection, sloppy, flattering, unexpected, and filled with prickly and necessary truths. Because I’m the one writing it, I’d like you to picture it in a tiny pink envelope, completely unlabelled, with lip prints where the […]

Joshua and Edith Cope

Joshua and Edith Cope were among the active founders of IMM.  Joshua (1887-1950) was born in Hatsboro, PA, attended the Westtown School, obtained a B.S. from Haverford College in 1912 (Phi Beta Kappa), and an M.F. from the Yale School of Forestry in 1914.  He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana from 1915-16 […]

Spring Gathering and Summer Sessions to be on-line

Dear New York Yearly Meeting community, It has become clear to the Liaison Committee (composed of the yearly meeting clerk, assistant clerk, and the clerks of the General Services, Ministry, and Witness Coordinating Committees) and to the clerks of Sessions and Trustees that NYYM will not be able to gather in person for Summer Sessions […]

Monthly Meeting April 11, 2020

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of FriendsMeeting for Worship with Attention to Business April 11, 2020 (The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Please note that copies of all annual reports provided during this Meeting are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording Clerk.) […]

Called Meeting March 15, 2020

(The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Please note that copies of all annual reports provided during this Meeting are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording Clerk.) 2020.2.1 Opening Worship Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met for a Called Meeting on […]