Sunday

 

Keynote Speaker – 2012 New York Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions

April 1, 2012
John Bolton – Former United States Diplomat to the United Nations

“You Quakers watch out or you’ll turn into a bunch of irrelevant left-elite parlor fakes.”

“Why don’t you dwindling bunch of Quakers focus on your own internal issues instead of on ambient concerns with which you have no business?”

Don’t fiery conservatives ask the darnedest questions?

Just as the astute workingman philosopher Eric Hoffer observed - when some one or group can’t mind their own business - they mind others’.

In keeping with that theme, the NYYM Summer 2012 Annual Sessions is when we’ll discuss what ARTISTS and Parlor Fakes have in common in the topic- Quakers and THE ARTS.

And we’re inviting a famous leader - John Bolton - fiery and conservative - to wake us up to this sad State of the Society. 

The well-known Friend, John Punshon once said, “The Friends were once a sustaining class but are now a sustained class”. Just like the ARTISTS of days of yore, they were sustained and patronized by the royal elite.  (And guess what, now they’re patronized by the same affluent elite, if not also by the government elite)

Friends who attend 2012 Annual Sessions might just come to the sad conclusion that QUAKERS and THE ARTS, perfectly describes the self-evident state of affairs of a sustained society of parlor fakes.

In the late 20th Century, New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends drove out true and honest Friends and now strives to become an amalgam of failed artists, pining for handouts from the wealthy benefactors or state agencies within the overweight and unresponsive government. 

Quakers are now proudly the doodlers, the scribblers, the perennial students, the malcontents, the lay-abouts, the ne’re-do-wells, not-for-profit elitists, and the vain modern-day salon communists. But now Friends are planning a turnaround in membership decline – by inviting humble people of all opinions into their midst - no matter what color their skin - nor if they have to sweat for a living. 

We’ll consider alternatives to our modern reliance on overpaid, lifetime ministers who have been under the impression for years – that they’re better than you.  You may ask yourself:   

Why on earth does the world need another hypocritical hierarchal organized religion in freefall membership decline? 

It’s an open secret the Quakers only want you (to join in the tanking membership) if you are employed in some sort of cloistered ‘higher’ educational or ‘artist’ career, preferably by a college - any will do - or even better, by some haughty Friends School. 

So we’ll dedicate our full week of worship and activities this coming summer to that of ‘Quakers and THE ARTS’.

Tuesday

 

THEART of QUAKERISM

New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM) of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) has announced its theme for the 2012 Annual Sessions

The ART of Quakerism

Now that NYYM Quakers produce little of use to others - NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING Annual Sessions at the glorious resort Silver Bay on Lake George 2012 will prepare Friends for the goal of one day producing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – and how to live off the tax rolls, send us back to the good old days of feudalism, and pine for handouts through patronage by the ruling class – THROUGH THE ARTS !

ARTS and worldly CULTURE are now somehow closely interlinked in Quakerism and we’ll delve deeply into what this means today. Quakers now utilize the Multi-Culturalism self-description, in trying to ‘diversify’ unity. And the culture war, of the 1960s already won amongst Friends, means anyone who isn’t down with big Yearly Meeting budgets, and subsequent patronage by the ruling class of Yearly Meeting and Friends School paid priests, and hollowed out Monthly Meetings, isn’t welcome.

Multi-Culturalism is, by-the-way, simply, code for Multi-Socialism. It’s OK to be a Quaker as long as you think like us and are one shade or another of Socialist. Just like we were once curious and open to other faiths and how they might strengthen our Quaker Faith, we’ve now been inclined to water down what was once a unique Christian faith, by bringing political philosophy into our inner world – we’ve now embraced all the Communist proponents - Maoists, Stalinists, Leninists, Marxists, and Trotskyites . You can be any kind of leftist as long as you are down with some variation of the central committee ruling top-down over those who can’t govern themselves from the grass roots – bottom up.

Quakers now inhabit the higher and higher education professions as professors – in the ivory towers of elitist academia, striving to be the same paid ministers that the founder of the Friends in the Truth, George Fox, railed against 350 years ago.

Now, ARTISTS are poised to take over as the ‘highest’ form of hipper worshipper in Friends Society while the membership of the current day Religious Society of Friends - tanks. Isn’t it more narcissistic to be a big fish in a small and dwindling pool of co-opted political activists which hypocritically invokes its righteousness solely from historic Quaker integrity?

Wouldn’t it be harder to manage a true and steady growth of truly convinced living Friends who live their decentralized faith in their daily lives without drawing a lot of attention to themselves?

Isn’t it more difficult to actually practice what you preach through producing something useful for others? (maybe that is the true meaning of ‘service’)

Various urban Monthly Meetings now have ARTS Committees and frequently meet, to talk and do nothing, and celebrate themselves while they waste our most precious resource - time. We now give thoughtfulness to idleness, and this year NYYM will insert yet another gimmick theme in its recent history of thinly-veiled vacation annual sessions.

NYYM Annual Sessions will be devoted to the story of how the weightiest NYYM Quakers are truly better than you, and because of that, are entitled to just be… and be useless. The Friends have taken refuge in the fantasy, produces-nothing world of The ARTS.

Trying haplessly to follow the real beatnik - the ‘gone cats’ of the 20th Century Beat Generation - the dying NYYM Friends of the 21st Century, shepherded by the 60s hippie generation elders, somehow don’t really ‘get’ the ‘gone’ – and have instead blasted off into the stratosphere, circling the hemisphere of left-wing politics in an endless quest for the lofty and never-reachable goals of ‘social justice’ and a free lunch.

 

The CULINARY ARTS –

hosted by the Financial Services Committee

Part 1

THE ART OF COOKING (The Books)

Part 2

The ART OF FEEDING (The Beast)

After a hard day of wringing our hands over how to fund what Friends will always approve but will never pay for, the frustrated Financial Services Committee will discuss how to relieve their stress in The Art of Cooking: The Books.

Because without cooking the books, we can’t practice The Art of Feeding the Beast.

We’ll discuss how to divert discussion at all levels local and statewide, and hijack the moral high ground by calling never-ending, increasing spending on a larger and larger central Quaker government - the only true compassionate option. Because excessive spending equals excessive compassion – no?

What is important, Friends, is that we can affect connoisseurship of The ARTS and every other thing in our ambient surroundings, except what is actually at the heart of us.

We know that big budgets, fibs and deception, programs that don’t work, and waste and theft, create a more interesting world. It creates a world celebrating a few rock star paid ministers, instead of a Friends Society where no one is looking to be celebrated. The left wing lifestyle keeps us on our toes, always guessing at which committee we should be on to bring the most resources and recognition to ourselves. What is, and what isn’t true doesn’t really matter anymore. Truth is kind of like producing something useful and meaningful - lies and deception inversely produce nothing useful. No?

Lies and deception ARE more fun, and ‘Cooking the Books’ and ‘Feeding that Beast’ is more interesting than the stick-in-the-mud truthful disclosure about the true falling-off-a-cliff membership decline, and how much the lifetime professional ministers are truly (over) compensated.

“Cooking the Books”, a euphemism for the drier term, misappropriation, and is what has to happen behind closed doors to allow NYYM continue to overpay salaries. And New York Yearly Meeting functions as an unequal hierarchy bending over backward to placate the the entitled elements in the office.

And ‘Cooking’, usually infers sumptuousness, however, in this case ’Cooking’ as ‘misappropriation’ and maybe even ‘fraud’ is simply the most DISGUSTING shape shift of the Quaker Faith and its core Integrity Testimony. But, don’t thee worry, Friend. We’ll somehow make misappropriation delectable and appealing, by feeling good about ourselves by giving out all those ‘free lunches’ to all our connected political pal Friends who have the same opinion we do. We can do this with a windswept clear conscience while we gaze out over Lake George from the gazebo with a gentle breeze blowing.


 

THE PERFORMING ARTS - Music


Mostly, modern Quakers are familiar with making music by banging on drums at protest marches.

Let’s all face it – if the U.S. government didn’t listen to France, Russia and China before it invaded Iraq in 2003, it sure as sugar wasn’t listening to trust-afarian perennial-student-adult -children with dreadlocks banging on their friends’ bongo drums.

This summer 2012, New York Yearly Meeting will convene - in a sort of deputation into the Quaker pantheon of the highest of high Quaker paid priests - an executive select committee to transform our Society once and for all as it considers the re-writing of the lyrics of a most famous hymn.

Quakers as many know, invite politics into religion to produce a dying, mono-cultural and irrelevant faith – co-opted by United for Peace and Justice and MoveOn.org. The founding fathers tried to protect against such intrusion in their constitutional separation of Church and State.

But when the Church tries to influence the State, the State tends to do the same back to the Church, doesn’t it? It’s not a one-way street. Church denominations identifying with the Religious Right and the Moral Majority kicked out any moderates it had in the 1990s, making themselves less diverse and more mono-cultural, Quakers of the 2000’s have done the same kicking out anyone who doesn’t fit the correct (leftist) political persuasion.

That is why Friends who feel diversifying skin color amongst its ranks is REAL diversity. Hmm….

How much diversity in experience and in opinion exists in modern Quaker Society? What if we invited people of diverse experience and opinion into Friends Society no matter what color their skin was?

NYYM Committee for Political Correctness to introduce

NEW approved lyrics for :

Lord I Want To Be A Christian

Now Changed to:

Lord I Want To Be A Leftist:

Lord, I want to be a Leftist in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be a Leftist in my heart, in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be a Leftist in my heart, in my heart.

Lord, I want to be Elitist in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be Elitist in my heart, in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be Elitist in my heart, in my heart.

Lord, I want to go to protests in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to go to protests in my heart, in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want go to protests in my heart, in my heart.

Lord, I want to be like Joseph in my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be like Stalin in my heart, in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be Joe Stalin in my heart, in my heart.


 

THE PERFORMING ARTS - Theater

Acting ( Posing )


Quakers were historically ‘the real deal’ stoic and unconcerned with personal vanity, appearances, and otherwise affected posturing. The public used to be impressed with the Friends, noting how hard it must be to live up to one’s morals every day. Friends were impressive in a sort of honest way striving for excellence but at the same time never trying to call attention to themselves or make themselves look better than they actually were.


Now that Quakers don’t really produce anything of use – the ultimate expression of this do-nothingness is to be an actor, a poseur (hence a professional or unpaid fake).


Ever wonder why actors almost always (with the exception of one, I can’t remember his name) are left-wingers? Because they’re drunk with the superstar power they have over other people when they’re faking, they want even more to have power over people when they’re not. But they’re such great artists, skilled actors - who knows when they’re faking and when they’re not?


And why care what a professional faker thinks? The trouble is, now that Quakers now embrace THE ARTS, specifically the profession that celebrates the personal vanity and overpaid celebrity of those actors we all love, is that most modern-day Friends are the ultimate Quaker-fakers. They’re the posers – the faky flaky Quakers. They’re celebrity wanna-bees, who want to be important in a dwindling Society – as an escape from their otherwise failed lives.

 

The STARVING ARTISTS


New York, North New Jersey and Southwest Connecticut Quakers are famous for welshing on their NYYM financial contributions, and why shouldn’t the wealthy ‘someone else’ pay for something Friends approve?


Like our Friend, Samuel Caldwell, the former General Secretary, said of his own Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, in his famous call to Quaker arms five years ago:


“PYM (very similar to NYYM) is where the pursuit of the free lunch is developed to a high ART”.


Like the ubiquitous Quaker perennial students and adult children, the starving artists are perennially on the cusp of ‘happening’ and making it big, if only they would first forget about that search for the elusive free lunch, and grow up. But growing up would mean they would have to get over the widely approved boo-hoo style victim spirituality, get lives and actually be able to handle success or get decent paying jobs outside of the not-for-profit industrial complex, and produce something others can actually use.


Of course, a well-paying job that takes up too much time would limit how much influence various life-failed Quakers would have in ruling the disappearing Quaker world. (See The FAILED ARTISTS as demagogues)




So, NYYM will transport Quaker STARVING ARTISTS from their dreary digs at the NJ Turnpike Ramada, straight to the Quaker luxury vacation at The Inn at Silver Bay, Lake George.


Quaker STARVING ARTISTS, led by the General Secretary, and C.I.O. (Career is over) Christo, will hang painting after painting on clotheslines strung down to the shore at Lake George a la ‘The Gates’ of February 2007 in Central Park, New York City. The ‘Gates’ of Silver Bay will lead the STARVING ARTISTS viewer straight down to the short pier where NYYM Friends can gently keep right on going into the drink with their pensive and time-wasting, long walks.


Since NYYM annual sessions is thinly veiled or purely naked vacation - NYYM members rarely go to business sessions, Friends expect a large turnout for taking that long walk on a short pier at STARVING ARTISTS Silver Bay.

 

THE BULLSHIT ARTISTS





I Love New York.

But I don’t love Bullshit.



There is an ART to spreading bullshit.

NYYM Quakers will learn how to make it palatable.

Bullshit should not just be thrown on the canvas a la Jackson Pollack. It has to be carefully constructed to create a beautiful consonant picture of what the followers would like to hear. The biggest bullshit artists are the lifetime paid priests in our Quaker institutions.


Take the AFSC, take the Yearly Meetings, take the Quaker schools – take them, please.


The bullshit artists are the professional politicians, priests or ministers who can’t or won’t do anything else to make a living.

Quakerism as a do-it-yourself religion is gone, Friends. Or is it? The Friends have become one more hierarchal elite and body, masters and servants, amongst the many other (larger and more effective) hierarchal religious denominations.


We’ll look for you at NYYM Annual Sessions 2012: bring your bathing suits and flip flops, and a general surrender to understand THE ART of QUAKERISM ‘cause most of us won’t be in the business meetings and difficult committees dealing with good governance and how to pay our Church taxes.

Wednesday

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - 2010 Annual Sessions Costs

2009 Yearly Meeting Costs

Which Quaker Yearly Meeting - is the ELITIST of them all?

Once again in 2010 -

New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM) of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) heads the list with the most expensive and longest annual sessions. The cost data below Friends, make up a very clear mirror.

What, with most New York Friends ensconced in canoeing, kayaking, swimming and kum-bah-yah moments of self-discovery at Boathouse meditations at the thinly-disguised cheap vacation at Lake George, who cares about costs - as long as someone else is paying for it? And believe me, there is also a dance at this junket - the dance around getting others to pay for the tab.

Can we guess that the same-old select small circle of New York Friends still mismanage Quakerism in a hypocritical hierarchical church government in this part of the world? Does this false top-down governance model drain the resources of time and money out of the grass roots Monthly Meetings? (Has the top-down church tax model that NYYM used during its current 35+ year membership decline, changed back to a bottom-up financing model yet?)

Possibly, paid for life and emotionally rewarded NYYM ministers feel more important amongst a dwindling more easily defined group? Isn't a certainly dwindling group easier to manage and predict than a uncertain growing group? Isn't it interesting also that this dwindling group of NYYM Friends somehow also continues to raise its budget every year and seeks other people's or dead Friends money to pay for and otherwise enable their padded budgets and lifetime paid pulpits?

The New York elite hold annual sessions (and most committee meetings) at a faraway location (Silver Bay on Lake George in the Adirondacks) where few can attend, and set or refuse to ask for fairer prices at a point that most can’t afford. The elite fix the scope of business where time, (7 days at this remote location), talent and money flow into the dying central hierarchy from the few remaining far flung New York Friends. Could one guess that these elite fail to ask for competitive prices with the management of the retreat center at Lake George?

The cost data (below) of attending these sessions bear this out compared with similar sized and located Quaker Yearly Meetings. Why of course, there are denigrating and irresponsibility enabling scholarships for those highly educated souls who can't afford this boondoggle and don't want to grow up. If poor Friends can't afford this annual shindig, we can guess they can’t either afford to give their own local congregation the 300-400 dollars a year it requests to hold together a local community?

Just like a corporate annual meeting – the agenda at the beautiful NYYM Annual Sessions is pretty much pre-approved and messages and potential criticism are tightly controlled by controlling who can attend – with high prices, with the faraway distance, with space for very few to be accommodated in the middle-of-nowhere, and with the following thinly-veiled threat/reminder on the NYYM website:

…..No one should go to the NYYM Silver Bay YMCA without an advance registration with New York Yearly Meeting and assurance from SilverBay that there is room for you.

In other words to the unconnected:

KEEP OUT !

And remember that posted prices on the registration form are subject to an additional 5% gratuity, for the gratuitous elitism and fine dining that await you.

Rest assured, though – thee will get a dose of the real world with the perennial cooking of the books in the Financial Services Committee and General Services Section - to support misappropriation to perennial, unaccountable, lifetime employees who have no time and task specific job descriptions.

The sumptuous food presentation at Silver Bay is balanced out with equally and oppositely disgusting NYYM poor governance and shady business practices. That is: for those very few Friends who forgo swimming and boating to actually go to the difficult committee and general business meetings.

Are other Yearly Meetings following New York’s lead ? Let’s hope not.

In Friendship,

Glenn R.

Summary of changes since 2009

NYYM has raised prices 2-3% over last year's far and away highest prices of all Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions. Question 1: Why has NYYM not found a more centrally located less expensive college campus for its annual sessions with higher capacity and then reduce prices so there can be more full participation? (Answer: Because elitists don't want more full participation.) Question 2: Why won't NYYM reduce the amount of business it transacts to fewer days? (Answer: Because elitists want more time focused on them, and Lake George is too expensive and too far away from 95% of NYYM Friends to go for a short time.) Go back to Question 1 and repeat, over and over.

New York YM gives a relative price break to teenagers, (compared with Baltimore and New England) no doubt to indoctrinate them into the centralized religious hierarchy and the benefits of elitism. NYYM does keep costs high for younger children (too young to be indoctrinated). NYYM also spends $25,000 of its deficit budget taken out of the hides of its Monthly Meetings to pay teenagers excessively to babysit youngsters - de facto giving them a free pass to attend Annual Sessions / vacation one week per year.

Northwest Yearly Meeting (EFI) and North Carolina (Conservative) raised prices for adults for 5 day meetings substantially, however their prices were so low that this is almost meaningless in comparison with East Coast 6 and 7 day Meetings.

New England raised prices 3-8% but still has a 5 night annual sessions which reduces cost to members (compared with 6 nights at Baltimore, New York).

Baltimore did not raise prices. Congratulations to Baltimore Friends. Can Friends make that 5 nights, then 4 then 3 then 2 nights eventually? What business do Monthly Meetings have to do in 6 nights and 7 days, Baltimore and New York?

North Pacific (Independent) (held in Missoula, MT) raised prices steeply, especially for children, however prices last year were very low, and camping or commuting is still pretty reasonable.



Seven Yearly Meetings












2010 Annual Sessions Costs per night












early registration / including meals













late registration = July 1 or later





























4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
5 Nights
5 Nights
6 Nights
6 Nights








NCYM©
NPYM
NWYM
PacificYM
NEYM
BaltYM
NYYM*












$
$
$






Additional Gratuity*
-
-
-
-
-
-
5%






Average Registration Fee**

25.00
0.00
25.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
40.00






Adult/Double***
51.00
69.00
58.00
90.00
87.00
79.00
111.00






Child/Double****
51.00
57.00
36.00
40.00
46.00
43.00
79.00






Child/Floor/camp*****
10.00
37.00
-
-
27.00
27.00
55.00





















Adult/Camp/Commute
17.00
44.00
20.00
40.00
75.00
75.00
63.00






Teen / Double

51.00
62.00
-
45.00
87.00
79.00
79.00





















* NYYM prices include a forced 5% gratuity upon registration











** NEYM has implemented late registration ($20) in 2009












** BaltYM implemented late registration cost increase (+14%) in 2009











*** NYYM weighted average with number of rooms below












**** NEYM and BYM have a child (age 7-13) on floor/camper rate











***** NYYM closest campgrounds are +10 miles away, now added - a lean-to across and over the hill - good luck!







…..No one should go to the NYYM Silver Bay YMCA without an advance registration with New York Yearly Meeting and assurance from SilverBay that there is room for you.














































Adult


Capacity

Cost per

Child


Capacity
Cost per



Dbl. Occ.

Hall
Persons

Night

Dbl. Occ.

Hall
Persons
Night


















853.00

Trinity
12
10,236
$142.17

673.00

Trinity
12
$112.17



792.00

Brookside
12
9,504
$132.00

612.00

Brookside
12
$102.00



727.00

Bayview
81
58,887
$121.17

547.00

Bayview
81
$91.17



668.00

The Inn
296
197,728
$111.33

488.00

The Inn
296
$81.33



602.00

Paine
51
30,702
$100.33

422.00

Paine
51
$70.33



554.00

Hemlock
72
39,888
$92.33

374.00

Hemlock
72
$62.33



498.00

Hepbron
110
54,780
$83.00

318.00

Hepbron
110
$53.00



523.00

Hillcrest
17
8,891
$87.17

343.00

Hillcrest
17
$57.17



















NYYM Avg. Cost / adult


$630.75
$105.12


NYYM Avg. Cost / child

$75.12




NYYM Total Capacity

651




NYYM Total Capacity

651



















5 out of 5 of all Adult NYYM attenders











spendmore than NEYM and BaltYM attenders
























3 out of 3 of all Youth NYYM attenders











spend more than NEYM and BaltYM attenders










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