Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting  
Poplar Ridge, NY

What We Do



What We Do

The Shepherd's Play
This hour-long medieval musical play combines reverence, slapstick and wit to tell the Christmas story. Fun for the whole family, it has become a beloved Poplar Ridge tradition.

Contact: Charlie Weld - ccameronweld @ gmail.com 315-497-2254

Halloween Carnival
An annual fundraiser for UNICEF, our carnival combines games, food, and a not-so-haunted house attracts local families each year.

Contact: Julie Lockhart- gem6183 @ gmail.com

San Pedro Sister Community Project
A sister community relationship has been established between residents of Cayuga County and the village of San Pedro in El Salvadore. It is a cooperative effort to foster friendship and solidarity across national boundaries, and raise consciousness about cultural differences and global inequality,

Support for Sister Community of San Pedro, El Salvador through the sale of fair trade products, including purses and hammocks made, by the women, of San Pedro.

Contact: Larry and Laura Buffam - larrybuffam @ gmail.com, 315-730-2498

Friends Committee on National Legislation
Members of our meeting are involved with this Quaker institution in Washington, D.C. Its web site states: “Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues. FCNL fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC”.

Contact: AT Miller - atmiller @ cornell.edu, 315-364-8532

Prison Worship
We have participated in prison worship at Auburn Correctional facility since 1974. Worship meets every Saturday night.

Contact: Jim Frisch 315-364-7375

The Moravia Correctional facility has been meeting since 2009. Worship meets the 2nd and 4th Friday night in each month.

Contact: djo2 @ cornell.edu, (315) 364-8102

The prisoner attenders have opened themselves to a new spiritual journey. Quakers participating in prison worship have had their beliefs broadened and strengthened through worship in prison.

Alternatives to Violence Project
The Alternatives to Violence Project is a grassroots, volunteer program dedicated to reducing violence in our lives, in our homes, in our schools, in our prisons, in our streets and in our society.

for information:
[email protected]

for Cayuga Correctional Facility 315-364-8616

Earth Care
Members of the meeting participate in many activities supporting the health and care of the earth around us. There are groups involved in supporting sustainable agriculture, protecting our ground water and fighting against dangerous environmental practices like mountain top removal.

One very important issue for many people in the meeting concerns HVHF High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing – “fracking”, pipelines and compressors This project is a grassroots volunteer effort to protect our towns, county, state and the entire earth from the destructive and dangerous development of fossil fuels. Use of education, encouraging alternative energy, letter writing, phone calls to our legislators and government officials, rallies and civil disobedience tools are used to change minds and use of fossil fuels.

HVHF concerns : Maryl Mendillo 315-364-7045, [email protected]
General information and other concerns : [email protected]

Hazard Library Summer Entertainment Program
(Southern Cayuga Arts Programs)

4 weekly musical events for community members of all ages, not just children.
Held at the end of June and in July at Quaker Meeting House
10:30 am to 11:30 am

For information
Library 315-364-7975
[email protected]

Children's Day
Held annually in June, this special worship service honors children passing from elementary into middle schools with a personal Bible, and those graduating from high school with a copy of our Faith and Practice. All families receive a floral plant, and a pot-luck picnic is held after the service at a local home to celebrate.

Contact: Julie Lockhart- gem6183 @ gmail.com

Womenís and Menís Spiritual Nurture Groups
These groups gather separately for spiritual fellowship at membersí homes on the third Tuesday and Thursday of the month, respectively. Nurture comes through silent reflection, readings or presentations on group-selected topics and responses to them, and mutual support for lifeís joys and sorrows. New attendees are welcome.

Womenís Group Sally Otis - sotis3067 @ gmail.com, 315-364-8102
Menís Group
Howard Nelson - nelsonh33 @ hotmail.com, 315-364-8536
Larry Buffam - larrybuffam @ gmail.com, 315-730-2498
Charlie Weld - cweld @ hillside.com, 315-497-2254

Mid-week worship
Mid-week worship meets at a memberís home on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Anyone who could use a midweek spiritual recharge through silent communal worship is welcome.

Contact: Christopher Sammond - sammondc @ gmail.com, 607-753-0444

Meditation Group
The meditation group meets on the first Monday of each month for an hour of sitting meditation. People who attend have had some experience in various meditation practices, but no training is required to be part of the group--just a wish to sit in group meditation.

Contact: Stephanie & Howard Nelson - nelsonh33 @ hotmail.com, 315-364-8536

Coffee Hour
A popular tradition following the rise of Meeting the second Sunday of the month. Rumor has it that delectable edibles come along with the coffee and the fellowship. Coffee hour takes place in the meetinghouse library.

Soup and Sharing
We invite a speaker from the meeting or wider community to speak on a topic of local or world concerns or to share with us their story or experience that they have taken part in that would be of interest to others. We open this to all and have the gathering after meeting usually once a month. People of the meeting contribute soup and other dishes for the occasion.

Peace and Social Action
This committee meets to consider thoughts and issues of concerns regarding peace and other social issues. Ideas are put forth and actions that we can take as a community are launched The committee supports individual achieve in addressing social concerns. The committee also organizes some soup and sharing events throughout the year. Recent activities of this committee have included a Peace Walk in Auburn to oppose military action in Syria, hosting participants in the " Two Row Wampum" campaign for Native American rights, and organizing a discussion to support migrant farm rworkers in our area. This committee also organizes a series of movie nights, often featuring a documentary or other movie raising awareness of critical social issues. All are welcome to join this meeting and attend the movie night. The dates and times are found in the Prism Newsletter.