Special meeting of the QM – to decide proposals for Friends Seminary

Friends, our Quarterly Meeting has given much attention to the future of Friends Seminary, which is in many ways our largest asset and responsibility.  We decided in April the Seminary will be a separate Quaker corporation.  We held an extra business meeting on September 27.  And our committees have continued to work overtime all year on their specific proposals.

Now, they aim to join in bringing a unified proposal before us for decision at a special interim meeting on Sunday, December 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fifteenth Street meetinghouse.  For logistical reasons, a final decision is needed now, or all current plans will be off the table for some time.  We all realize that two interim meetings in a single year is a lot to add to Friends’ regular obligation to show up for our quarterly business – but we all hope this will be the last!  We will have the usual potluck lunch after 11am worship, and provide childcare as usual.

We will also convene a meeting of the Corporation membership at that time, so the members can make such major decisions legally effective.  All members of Friends meetings in New York are the membership, so we all need to consider attending.  On this webpage, you will find the exact text of the proposal(s) before us as the date draws near, so check back here for them!

Here is the Notice to which the members are legally entitled:

–  Andy von Salis,   Clerk, New York Quarterly Meeting

A special Meeting of the Corporation of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends will be held at 1:00 p.m. on December 6, 2015 at the 15th Street Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY.

The purpose of the Meeting is to consider the separate incorporation of Friends Seminary, to approve an Essential Principles and Practices for Friends Seminary (a section of proposed By-laws), to approve a proposed property separation of the Friends Seminary School and to transact such other business as may lawfully come before the Meeting.

In friendship,

Ann Kjellberg, Clerk of Trustees and President of the Corporation