Friends Seminary Peace Week “Fabic of Peace” sculpture

To highlight this year’s Peace Week theme, “Beyond the Numbers: The Economics of Peace,” the Friends Seminary community will work with artist Derick Melander to create a beautiful textile sculpture from second hand clothing.
The purpose of the installation is to highlight just one thread of our waste consciousness: Clothing.
The installation encourages the average consumer to ask the questions:
* What does clothing signify in our culture?
* How much of what we own do we actually use?
* Of the clothing we own, how much do we really need?
* How can I help clothe someone in need?
* What are the environmental implications of clothing that is discarded into landfills?
* What does 386 million pounds of clothing look and feel like?
The Friends Seminary community will host a clothing drive from January 8th to February 1st. During this time we hope to collect approximately 1200 -1500 pounds of clothing (35-40 large garbage bags). On Saturday, February 6th from 3-8 pm and on Sunday, February 7th from 10am-5pm, students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a two-day event to carefully fold and stack the clothing to create the sculpture, ”The Fabric of Peace”.
Folding coaches are also needed an hour before each session.
The sculpture installation will be dismantled at the end of the month and all the clothing will be donated to support the relief effort in Haiti.
Please contact Rachel Gomez to sign up for the workshop and to be a folding coach. 212-979-5030 (x157)

Invitation to “Show Me The Franklins!” at Friends Seminary

(click here to download the official flyer for the show)

Jesse Suzuki from Friends Seminary writes:

I’d appreciate it if you could circulate to the Quarterly Meeting my invitation to join the 5th-12th grades for a wonderful performance next Wednesday. It is a play called “Show Me The Franklins!” written by a fascinating scholar and artist named Amanda Kemp. Here is a brief description which can be read at Meeting on Sunday if there is time during Announcements:

“This play introduces audiences to the conflicting documentary record of Benjamin Franklin as an apologist for slaveholding and as a champion of abolition. The play’s main character, Scholar, has emplyed an ensemble to imagine what happened where the documentary record leaves off. It is a moving performance that invites the audience to remember what is disturbing about our collective past and move towards healing and forgiveness. The play runs about 45 minutes and is followed by a Question and Answer session.”

There will also be an evening performance at a blackbox theater in midtown. I have attached a flyer with the event info, and the link below has a Paypal link to purchase tickets in advance. They are also available at the door for an additional $5.

Here is the bio for Amanda Kemp, who is inspirational in her own right:

We feel that this performance will spark dialogue and reflection within our community and would be honored to have members of the larger Quaker community join us if they are able.

Thank you! Please let me know if you have further questions, and I appreciate your making this information widely available.


Jessi Suzuki
History Department
5/6 Grade Coordinator
Friends Seminary
212-979-5035 x124

Quarterly Meeting 10/2009 Materials

Advance agendaTrustees electionTrustees Report on Pacific HS leaseProposed Witness Committee for NYQMFriends Seminary financial reportFS School Committee ReportBrooklyn Healthcare MinuteStaten Island reportFlushing MM report15th St MM Minute on property and FS2009 Education Committee ReportAdHoc Fundraising Committee Interim ReportManhattan MM Report

Quarterly Meeting 7/11/2009 Prospect Park Quaker Cemetery

New York Quarterly Meeting will hold its next meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at the Quaker Cemetery in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (in case of rain, at Brooklyn Monthly Meeting, 110 Schermerhorn Street). Please find links here for the advance agenda, park access permit, and directions by subway and car, as well as other reports and documents being distributed here prior to the Meeting. More documents will be added as they are prepared, so please check back prior to 7/15. The advance agendaMap and directions to Prospect Park -  Prospect Park Car Entry Permit -  Friends Seminary Proposed Essential Practices and ProceduresReport from the Assistant ClerkCemetery Committee annual reportMatching Fund subcommittee reportMinistry and Counsel reportCedars Fox Hall memoNYQM roster July 2009Friends Seminary proposalStaten Island reportGreat Lakes (Africa) Education Committee reportFlushing MM reportBrooklyn Friends School report

Quarterly Meeting 4/19/2009

New York Quarterly Meeting for Business 19 of Fourth Month 2009
At 15th Street Monthly Meeting, 15 Rutherford Place
Worship begins at 11, potluck lunch at the rise of Meeting, and Business begins promptly at 1 p.m.  Child care will be provided. Advance agenda -  Revised budget for 2009Trustees Annual ReportAd Hoc Fundraising Committee ReportProposed Dates and Venues for NYQM in 2010Interim FS School Committee ReportNYYM Peace Concerns Coordinator IntroductionFUM Concern Discernment Meeting Minutes 3/22/2009Morningside Meeting report 4/2009Travel Minute from Flushing MM Flushing MM ReportHousing Committee ReportHandbook Revision about NominatingFriends in the City Report15th St MM ReportBrooklyn MM ReportManhattan MM Report

ECC Meeting Schedule

Educational Concerns Committee
Meeting Schedule
The scheduled meeting dates are as follows:
Wed Dec 10  6:30 – 9:30 pm cafeteria (15th St. Friends Seminary)
Sun Dec 14  6:30 – 9:30 pm Rebecca Taylor office
Wed Jan 7  6:30 – 9:30 pm  lounge (15th St.)
Sun Jan 11  6:30 – 9:30 pm Rebecca Taylor office

The Wednesday evening meetings are at 15th St. The Sunday evening meetings are in the office of the Rebecca Taylor company (courtesy of Morningsider Beth Bugdaycay, the CEO) located at:
307 West 36 St.16th floor
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)
The closest subway stop is the 34th St A train – only a block away.

Please plan to attend if you have any concerns with respect to the Quarter’s  school programs (Brooklyn Friends and Friends Seminary) or about Quaker education as it affects the Quarter. If you cannot attend, but you have concerns, you may email them to Dave Britton at:
who will bring them to the committee for you.