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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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4A: Suggested Topics for Use by a Clearness Committee on Membership

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

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Friends who have permitted us to use material for this Faith and Practice.


 The topics below, many of which will appear naturally in the course of conversation, may be useful to the visiting committee and applicant. They are used to clarify any questions that the applicant may have about membership and the workings of the Meeting, for committee members to become acquainted with the applicant on a deeper level, and for the committee members to share their spiritual lives with the applicant. Several visits may be appropriate and all meetings are held in a worshipful manner of openness and caring.

 What are some milestones along your spiritual journey? How do you expect membership in the Meeting to help you in this journey?

 What attracted you to Friends beliefs and practices? Are there some that you find puzzling or disturbing? Are you easy with the variety of expressions used by Friends to express their faith and with the different perspectives of Christianity that they reflect? What is your attitude toward other religions?

  With what past decisions of the Monthly Meeting are you familiar and what did you think of the process and outcome?

  In what ways do the Advices and Queries speak to you?

  In what ways do you find the testimonies helpful? Not helpful?

  How are you prepared to support the Meeting’s nurture and religious education of its children?

Do you understand the relationship between the Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings? Are you aware of and willing to participate as you are able in your attendance at Meetings for Worship and Meetings for Business, and to meet our expectation of financial support for programs, services, and facilities at these three levels of our organizational structure?

How will your membership affect your family relationships?

Do you have anything else you want to discuss with us?