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Pacific Yearly Meeting

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a guide to quaker discipline in the experience of pacific yearly meeting of the religious society of friends.
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4B: Example of Letter of Welcome to New Member

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Dear _______________________ ,

As you well know, after some months of discussion and exploration with you, Palo Alto Friends Meeting acted on your request for membership in its meeting for business of [date], approving a minute recording you as a member in the Religious Society of Friends. On behalf of the meeting, I would like to welcome you as a member. You are more than just a member of Palo Alto Friends Meeting; you are a member of the Religious Society of Friends and should feel welcome and comfortable in Meetings wherever you might visit.Membership is not the accomplishment of the journey with God, but a covenant with the Meeting in the search for spiritual depth and personal knowledge of the Divine leading our lives.

The Oversight Committee usually tries to select a book to give to new members that will be both a remembrance and of use in seeking to know the Light Within. The committee has chosen Life on Two Levels, An Autobiography by Josephine Whitney Duveneck, who was a strong member of the Meeting when I first came on the scene; I hope this is one you do not already have on your bookshelf.

With love,