Meetings for worship are held at the Meeting House every Sunday throughout the year. For September through June the start time for meetings for worship is 11:00 am. Meetings for worship with a concern for business are generally held on second Sundays, with a variable start time. (Check calendar for details.) In addition, please note the following:
Events in March
Sunday, 4 March 3:00 – 5:00 pm. “An Interfaith Dialogue on Guns in America”
At the North Shore Jewish Center, 385 Old Town Road, Port Jeff Station. Sponsored by the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association, and including Donald Bybee among the speakers.
Sunday, 11 March 9:45am: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
Sunday, 18 March 9:30 am: Adult discussion with QuakerSpeak videos, led by Philip (titles to follow)
Looking ahead to April
Tuesday, 10 April 6:30 – 8:30pm “Have a Heart for the Homeless”
Candlelight Vigil sponsored by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. Farmingdale. More info next month. A Friend looks over the food offerings at the recent MLK event sponsored by Building Bridges in Brookhaven.
‘Live up to the light thou hast, and more will be granted thee.’
Caroline Fox (1819-1871)
News from and about Friends
Connie and Al are both doing well, and send along their greetings Rich visited Montreal Friends Meeting last month and shared materials and stories
Joy reports on the birth of a grandchild, Clara Davis, this past month. Baby and mother are doing fine
George gave a concert last month with a friend at the St. James Catholic Church in Setauket to help raise funds for a house building project in Haiti.
Please join us in gathering the ingredients for a Buckets of Love project.
Buckets of Love are 5-gallon buckets with the supplies needed by families and communities to begin cleaning and rebuilding following a natural disaster. The supplies are assembled by volunteers and shipped directly to families by Church World Services. Their supply of buckets has been depleted by the recent, massive disasters in the U.S. Marie and Barbara brought the idea of Meeting’s participation to a recent Meeting with a Concern for Business. We hope to contribute two complete buckets.
If you would like to contribute, please bring your donation to the Meeting House before noon on Sunday March 11. If you arrive on a day other than Sunday, please leave your donation in the foyer. If the Meeting House is locked, please leave your donation on the front walk. The buckets and some supplies are already gathered at the Meeting House.
Here is what we still need.
Since we are hoping for two buckets we need double the quantities listed.
Four scouring pads.
Seven sponges, including one large.
One package of 48-50 clothespins.
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
Five dust masks
Two pairs non-surgical, non-latex gloves
One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
All cleaning items must be new All liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.
To avoid duplication, please let me know by e-mail before you purchase what you plan to bring.
Thanks for your help, Maureen Bybee
P.S. These items have already been contributed or promised.
On September 25th, we received an unexpected but welcome visit from Madge Huntington and her son Adrian. We spent a couple of hours walking the property, Friends Way, and all around the meetinghouse.
Madge is the daughter of William Huntington, the renowned pacifist from whom CBM purchased its site.
Both Madge and Adrian spent time growing up on the larger property that encompassed all of the current Friends Way. Both in “the big house” as they called 2 Friends Way. And “the little house” as they called the house that sat on the property at 1 Friends Way.
Madge took time to stand in different spots around the property and close her eyes imagining where buildings had been. She remarked how few trees were in this area last she had been here. Madge was keen to find the spot where she and her siblings went sleigh-riding as children. We correctly guessed the spot and confirmed with some of the photographs in the Fellowship Room.
We sat in the Worship Room for a time and Madge and Adrian both told stories about the more personal side of William Huntington. Up in the Caretaker’s apartment, Adrian recounted tales of attending First Day School and Madge pointed out where the hay bales would have been.
I was able to brief both Huntington descendants on what Conscience Bay Quakers have been up to in the intervening years. We spent ample time in the Fellowship Room, looking at pictures, meeting minutes, books, and more. We spent time at the large aerial photo from 1955, which seemed to move the conversation in some great directions.
The visit ended with Madge and Adrian signing the guestbook and I presented Madge with a “Huntington era” photograph of which we had multiple copies. Since Adrian had taken photos we exchanged email addresses so he could send them over. I let him know that I’d keep him posted on any “Huntington-related” historical items I came across.
A few weeks later Adrian returned with his brother Stefano for another visit. A shorter, but no less fulfilling visit ensued. I’ll continue to update meeting with any developments on this wonderful connection from our past!
Inspired by the enthusiasm of Rich Morgan, Conscience Bay participated in the 10th annual Long Island Pride Parade in Huntington, organized by the Long Island GLBT Services Network, an association of five non-profit organizations serving Long Island’s GLBT community of all ages with centers in Bay Shore and Garden City, working to end homophobia on Long Island, to provide a home and safe space for the GLBT community, and to advocate for equality.
On May 2, 1010, Co-clerk Joy Weaver was one of several members of meetings in New York Yearly Meeting who participated in an International Day of Action in New York City organized to coincide with the opening of the pentennial Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held under the auspices of the UN, May 3-28. Interviewed about her participation by a reporter from a Japanese newspaper, Joy informed him that her lifelong involvement in nuclear disarmament activities was precipitated by the Long Island visit of two of the “Hiroshima maidens,” the two dozen young Japanese women who were were severely disfigured by the Hiroshima bomb and came to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery. Joy met them – just a few years older than herself – when an American escort brought them into the Garden City shop where she was working.
For the May 2 event, some 10,000 people filled Times Square for a rally with speeches and music, followed by a march across town to the UN, where an International Peace and Music Festival took place in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The event was preceded on April 30-May 1 by an International Conference for a Nuclear-free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World at Riverside Church keynoted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and attended by 800 people from 30 nations.
Saturday, March 21st, 10:30 AM – Join the North Country Peace Group to mark the 6th anniversary of the start of war in Iraq. Gather on Rt. 25A, a mile or two east of the Nichols Road/25A intersection, near the Chase Bank on the south side of 25A (across from the St. James Catholic Church) in Setauket. From there, those who wish can join us as we process east along the storefronts in the King Kullen, Wild by Nature and Stop and Shop shopping centers. We will be carrying signs about Iraq and Afghanistan, and the NCPG banner. Also, we will have handouts for passersby explaining why we are processing and inviting them to come to the bottom of the hill (our usual protest spot at Rt. 25A and Bennetts Road in Setauket) for the rest of our event, which will include a reading of the names of fallen Long Islanders from both wars.
Three years ago, a similar event was held and several members of Conscience Bay Meeting attended. Their photos appeared in Newesday.