Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 08/31/2015



Saturday Sept 26  9 to 5  &

 Sunday Sept 27 9:30 to 10:20

 Theme:  Exploring our Gifts

 Place:   Meetinghouse

Come to whatever parts appeal to you. Childcare provided 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00

Saturday, September 26 

9 a.m.  Muffins, tea, coffee, and OJ

9:30     All ages celebration of our new Peace Pole  – outside parking lot

with Francie Marbury and Brent Seabrook

10 a.m.  Exploring Our Gifts

All ages presentation by Laurie Rizzo Medved  using Godly Play

materials and an opportunity to draw/collage/write afterwards and sharing

our responses with all ages. Bring your own journal  if you  have one.

Writing and art supplies provided.

11:15     Choose one of these two activities

  •    Worship Sharing in the Meeting Room – getting to know better some

of the folks you worship with – led by Elisabeth Dearborn


  •     Making pizza for lunch with Gail Haines and Ann Coakley

12:30     Lunch starting with gathering songs led by Julie Forsythe

1:30     Clean Up

2:00     Choose one of these two activities

  •      Deep Relaxation with John Calvi in the meetingroom. Bring your

own yoga mat if you have one, blanket, pillow as needed


  •      Hiking to Putney Mountain led by  ???

4:00    Lemonade and Cookies

4:30- 5:00  Intergenerational Games led by Richard Brady and Gail Haines.

Get to know your community of Friends in new ways!

5:00    Closing Song(s)  led by Francie Marbury

Sunday, September 27 

9:30 to 10:20  Noah Merrill will be offering some reflections on exploring

our gifts.  All are welcome!  Let us know if you need childcare because

you plan to attend this.


Be in touch with Gail Haines or Elisabeth Dearborn with questions

Bring your Rise Up Singing book if you have one. 

Note: Childcare is  available  Saturday 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 08/26/2015

NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Annual Gathering

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Some of you may be interested in attending this event.  You may recall that Northwest Quarter is a member of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as is the New England Yearly Meeting.  The Yearly Meeting joined the Coalition after a request was brought to session jointly by Northwest and Dover Quarters a few years ago.
Also please remember to register for Quarter if you know you are planning to attend and please consider attending if you have not yet decided.
Connie Kincaid-Brown,
Outgoing Presiding clerk, Northwest Quarter
Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 08/24/2015

All Community Gathering at PFM


 Each year we end the summer with a gathering to ensure that each committee is ready to begin the new year.  We celebrate the gifts we receive from participation in the committee work of the Meeting.  Friends who may be interested in joining committees can also learn more about our committees and opportunities for participating.

Putney Friends Meeting House,

Friday August 28th at 6:00pm

We will start with a potluck so bring something to share.

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 08/12/2015

Sheila Walking the Walk!

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Click on the link in the right hand column under

PFM Member Links to see Sheila’s walk day by day!

Or go to her new page HERE.

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 08/09/2015

Sheila Walks the Walk


Saturday, 8 August, 2015

Blessings and love to all my dear Putney MM f/Friends.  I hold you all in my heart with deep, wide gratitude!   After a wonder-full six days at Yearly Meeting sessions, I have spent two days with my new beloved F/friend Anne Moore of Northampton Friends Meeting.  Today I will attend the weekly Peace Vigil here and take the train to Hartford. Tomorrow, Wanny McDonald and I will walk the first two days together, staying the first night in New Britain and the second in Middletown. I’ve already lined up two lakes to swim!

Special message to my support team – I have sent my boots to my son who will have them for me when we meet up in Maine for Thanksgiving.  I will wear sandals and walking shoes and my beloved Darn Tough socks!

I have made many contacts and continue to do so with the help of lots and lots of folks.  Thanks so much for all yours, inc. contacts and prayers.  If you think of anyone else you know, esp. in VA and SC please let me know.  And if you are led, hold a special prayer for if I am meant to be either in Philly or DC when the Pope is there.  I am asking that logistic query right now.

I will be holding you all in my prayers, too.  I have my prayer flag in a special pocket and I take it out each day. And, yes, I did get my Travel Minute.

Love, Sheila

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 07/27/2015

QuakerSpeak now showing!

QuakerSpeak is now available on Scroll to the bottom of our home page to watch. QuakerSpeak is a Quaker YouTube channel. They interview Friends of all different backgrounds and ask them the core questions of our faith.

QuakerSpeak interviews are personal and intimate. We seek to give viewers worldwide an experience that is entertaining, informative, inspiring, challenging, inviting, unifying and collaborative.

New videos come out every Thursday.

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 07/15/2015

The Advance Documents for NEYM Sessions 2015 are now online!

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Dear Friends,
The Advance Documents for NEYM Sessions 2015 are now online!

Wait, aren’t these coming early this year?

Yes! Responding to frequent requests, this year many Friends have worked to ensure that these important materials are available much earlier than in recent years. We hope having them completed over two weeks before Sessions begins will allow each of us to come to business meetings with heart and mind prepared for the important discernment before us this year.
Why would I read the Advance Documents?

Good Question! In this downloadable PDF, you’ll find:
Maps and logistical information for Sessions attenders
The current Schedule for the week
Essential documents to inform discernment at business meetings
Financial reports and the proposed budget
Annual reports from your staff and committees
A current listing of Afternoon Opportunities (workshops, etc.)

What If I’m not attending Sessions?

The work that happens at Sessions supports the life and ministry of Friends across New England. Whether you plan to attend Sessions this year or not, we hope the reports and business materials will be informative for all New England Quakers and our local meetings. I’m happy to pass on any input you may have.
If you need help accessing these materials, contact the NEYM Office at, or call me at 508-754-6760.

Click here to download the Advance Documents


Sara Hubner
Office Manager
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

P.S. – Quick Sessions reminders:

If you haven’t made your travel plans, consider using this carpool list
Travel restrictions apply for Saturday arrivals – learn more here
Register by Friday to help us best meet your housing needs

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 07/10/2015

For where your treasure is…


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

– Matthew 6:21

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to share an exciting invitation: 

Two New England Friends are challenging us to join them in financially supporting the new life that is growing in our Quaker communities.
Will you consider a new or increased gift today?

Do you see what they are seeing in New England Yearly Meeting…

Engagement and emerging leadership among younger Friends ~ Active participation by Friends from all generations ~ Thoughtful attention to structure and finances ~ Preparedness to make needed changes ~ Growing interest in Outreach, Welcome, and Inclusion ~ Less fear, more Faith?

Do you want to see, as they want to see…

More people finding a spiritual home in our Beloved Community ~ New England Quakers having a greater impact in our world ~ Our faith and practices passed on to our children ~ Financial integrity as the Yearly Meeting builds a better future ~ Greater faith in each other and in our Society?

Here’s how you can help make it happen:

If – and only if – we are able to raise $10,000 in new and increased gifts to the yearly meeting’s annual fund by September 30, 2015, the challenge donors will match amounts in the following ways:

  • For increased donations by Friends who already support NEYM, the challenge donors will match the amount of the increases dollar-for-dollar (100%). (So if you gave $100 last year and give $150 this year, they will match $50—your increased gift.)
  • For new donations, they will match the donation $1.50 per dollar (150%). (So if you have not given in the last 3 years and give $500, they will give an additional $750.)
  • Give Monthly increases will be matched at twelve times the monthly amount. If you pledge a new or increased monthly amount they will match it 12 times the increase (at 100%) or new amount (at 150%). (So a $25/month amount increase equals $300 in matching funds. A new $25/month pledge equals $450 in matching funds.)
But remember:

We only have until September 30, 2015 to meet our goal of $10,000 in new or increased gifts in order to receive the match.

Will you join me by giving your gift today?
Click here to donate securely online

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Sara Smith
Member, Concord (NH) Friends Meeting
Clerk, Development Committee
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
P.S.- Good news! If you’re planning to attend NEYM Annual Sessionsthis year your new or increased contribution at the time of registration will count toward the challenge matchso feel free to simply give as part of your online or paper registration. (This applies to an increased donation including your giving to Equalization, but not to the amount you choose to pay for your attendance at Sessions.) 

P.P.S.- Interested in sharing this invitation more widely? Here’s a link to a PDF flyer you can distribute at your meeting or share with Friends, and a link to the information on neym.orgThe challenge donors believe we can meet this goal together – and so do I. And thank you!


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Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 07/06/2015

Visit with Susan Davies

July 19 9:40Visit with Susan DaviesFallen Birch, photo by Roger Vincent Jasaitis,, copyright 2015

My visit is a part of a larger YM outreach effort to strengthen the bonds between monthly meetings and the yearly meeting.  My meeting is Vassalboro MM, and I am a member of Permanent Board (PB).  PB has initiated its own outreach effort to provide opportunities for monthly meeting Friends to ask questions, and to become familiar with the year-round work of PB and the YM as a whole.  Permanent Board is the “continuing body” of New England Yearly Meeting, when the YM is not “in session” ie, the August YM gathering.  I hope and expect to travel with a Friend from the Finance Committee who will be able to speak knowledgably about the relationship between YM ministries and the financial health of the yearly meeting.  Some of the yearly meetings ministries include our youth programs, Friends Camp, supporting Friends who are called to travel in the ministry, supporting YM committees such as Faith and Practice Revision Committee, Racial, Social and Economic Justice Committee, Earthcare Ministry Committee, NEYM Ministry and Counsel Committee, the NEYM Structural Review Committee, etc.  NEYM also has the challenge and opportunity to discern how the Spirit is leading us to be in right relationship and stewardship to the $1.1 million Legacy Gift from the sale of the New England Friends Home.

All of these involvements need the engagement of Friends in our monthly meetings to faithfully blossom and bear ‘the fruits of the Spirit’ and to keep the spiritual life-blood circulating between the monthly meetings and their yearly meeting.

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 06/23/2015


Sunset Rainbow, photo by Roger Vincent Jasaitis,, Copyright 2015


Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, VT

Wednesday, July 1 @ 5:30 pm

All are welcome. We will honor the lives and memory of the nine people who were murdered at Immanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston, SC. Rev. Bert Marshall, interim minister at Centre Church, will facilitate a conversation on race in America. All thoughtful viewpoints, presented with regard for everyone, will be respected. Afterward, those who are interested will walk up to Brooks Memorial Library for the Frederick Douglass reading at 7:00 pm. Call 802-254-4730 for more information.

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