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Faith and Practice

Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the

Religious Society of Friends

a guide to quaker discipline in the experience of pacific yearly meeting of the religious society of friends.
published 2001

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iv: organization of the society

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The Monthly Meeting

pym in context
quaker faith & spiritual practice
testimony & experience of friends
organization of the society
activities & organization of the YM
sources of quotations
index of sources
subject index

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combined worship and ministry
and oversight committee

 Some Meetings maintain two separate committees (one for Oversight, and one for Worship and Ministry), others combine them into one Ministry and Oversight Committee.† Whether one committee or two, they should try to assess the Meeting’s programs, avoid duplication, identify tasks undone or done poorly, and recognize those done well. They should report their activities and concerns regularly to the Monthly Meeting. In consultation with the Meeting community, one of the committees oversees the preparation of an annual State of the Meeting report to the Quarterly and Yearly Meetings. <See Appendix 1b: Advices for Preparing the State of the Meeting Report.> They share oversight of other committees of the Meeting, with a special concern for good order. Either committee may turn to Quarterly or Yearly Ministry and Oversight Committees for assistance as needed.

† Sometimes called Ministry and Counsel.