Job Opening: General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting

This is a full-time position headquartered in New York City, serving the needs of more than 60 monthly meetings spread through New York State and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey.

The ideal candidate is a servant leader with strong spiritual grounding, abilities in both administration and ministry, good understanding of Quaker process, and demonstrated skills in

  • Translating vision into action
  • Management
  • Collaboration
  • Releasing and nurturing others’ gifts in ministry
  • Communication
  • Building effective teams of volunteers
  • Development, grant writing, budgeting

Although each General Secretary brings a personal vision, typical activities of the position include visiting throughout the Yearly Meeting, leading workshops for spiritual growth, writing press releases on urgent events, and consulting with committees and meetings in crisis. The General Secretary leads and supervises a small staff that has grown in size and scope, coordinating their efforts with groups of volunteers. Eventual member­ship in a monthly meeting of NYYM is expected.

For a link to the job description and more information about NYYM see nyym.org.

Deadline for applications: April 1, 2017

Contact: search@nyym.org

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“Reaching Across Generations” articles wanted for Bulletin

From Susan Carpenter, co-editor of the Bulletin

As usual, we’ve based the theme for the spring Bulletin on the Plenary Speech at Annual Sessions. This summer it’s “Quakers into the New Millenium” by Greg Woods. I’m thinking about the LEYM members who are spending most of their adult lives in the 21st century and those of us who grew up in the 20th–how we have lived in different worlds, or lived in the same world differently. So here’s the theme: REACHING ACROSS GENERATIONS.

The due date for all articles and notices is May 15.

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Thursday April 20, FCNL Conference Call on Climate Action, 8 pm Eastern time

Between the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to science and environmental protection, the March for Science, and the People’s Climate March, there’s a lot going on around climate action.

On Thursday, April 20, at 8:00 pm join FCNL’s climate lobbyist Emily Wirzba for an inside look at what’s happening on Capitol Hill and how you can make a difference. I hope you can join us for this call.

Every day, Emily is on Capitol Hill working across party lines for climate action. Recent successes include the creation of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, and the introduction of the Republican climate resolution. On Thursday night, you’ll have a chance to hear directly from Emily about what’s happening in Congress and how you can take effective action now.

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Alicia McBride Sincerely,

Alicia McBride

Communications Director

P.S. When you RSVP for the call, you can also let us know any questions you’d like us to address. We’ll also send around a recording to everyone who RSVPs if you aren’t able to join us live.


Emily Wirzba was FCNL’s visitor to LEYM’s annual sessions last year.

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LEYM Friends named as co-clerks of 2018 Gathering

Claire and Paul Tinkerhess of Ann Arbor Meeting have been named as co-clerks of the 2018 FGC Gathering, to be held at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio the week of July 1-7, 2018.

There will be lots of opportunities for other LEYM Friends to contribute to the Gathering, from serving on the planning committee to volunteering during the Gathering.

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FGC Gathering will be in Toledo in 2018

From Friends General Conference

The 2018 Gathering will be held at the University of Toledo. After much hard work, the new Gathering site selection committee, with a majority of Friends of Color, brought the University of Toledo (Ohio) forward as our 2018 Gathering site.

We’re thrilled to be going to an urban campus in the Midwest and feel deeply grounded in the sense that through  a number of different efforts we are doing all we can to make the Gathering a powerful and positive event for all Friends.

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FGC meeting website hosting on Quaker Cloud has improved

From Friends General Conference

Our efforts to improve the health of FGC and deepen our ability to be of service to Friends continues apace. The functionality and service for the Quaker Cloud has improved. We have hired a vendor to handle Quaker Cloud customer service as well as to make improvements to the functionality of the site. This has worked even better than we hoped. So far, we’ve completely cleared the customer support backlog and have made logging into the service easier. Further improvements are expected.

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FGC’s QuakerBooks & More has improved its service

From Friends General Conference

The QuakerBooks website has recently received much-needed updates, and is now running very well. Orders are much easier for customers to place online. We have also implemented a new yearly meeting book table consignment system that is more efficient and accurate.

In order for QuakerBooks & More to be a vital, financially-sustainable resource for Friends, we need to sell more books. You can help by buying books and encouraging Friends in your meeting to buy books from QuakerBooks & More! If you believe it’s important for Quakers to have their own distribution service, one that makes over 200 titles available to Friends that no one else carries, then please be an impassioned advocate. Make an announcement at your meeting for QuakerBooks & More. Highlight featured books from BookMusings, our monthly eNewsletter. And share the QuakerBooks & More website with F/friends on social media. Your support can make a big difference!

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FGC resources to help families live sustainably

In the age of instant gratification, technological dependency, and mottos like “bigger is better,” a question arises that becomes more urgent with each passing moment:

How, right now, can we live more sustainable lives?

Friends General Conference has pulled together written resources for families who wish to live more lightly on the earth. They include:

Can We Live Sustainably? by Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting
Stewardship of the Earth by Maury River Friends Meeting
Stewardship Definition from AFSC
“Practicing Sustainability” from Quaker Earthcare Witness
Faith & Play Guide and Play Kits from QuakerBooks
Earth Stewardship Reading List from QuakerBooks
Earth Day Reading List from QuakerBooks

Go to web page on FGC website

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Job Opening at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine

Friends United Meeting has created a new field staff position titled “Ramallah Quaker Life Coordinator.” This long-term field staff position, to be filled by a mature Quaker Christian, will coordinate the ethics curriculum across all grade levels, support teachers of the Christianity curriculum, and facilitate a deepening understanding and practice of Quakerism throughout the whole school, among other responsibilities. The school is located in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, 6 miles north of Jerusalem on the West Bank.

More information

Or contact Eden Grace, FUM Director of Global Ministries, by email at edeng@fum.org, or by phone at (765) 962-7573.

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Introducing QuakerBooks & More

From FGC:

FGC’s bookstore is now “QuakerBooks & More”.  As we endeavor to make QuakerBooks & More more financially stable, we are adding products that “make life better” by being sustainably sourced, using little or no energy, and respecting and supporting the natural world while supporting the enjoyment of a more simple, natural lifestyle. At the moment, these include blank journals and greeting cards. More will be added.

View Positively Green greeting cards

View blank journals

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