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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.
published 2001

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5D: Sample Travel Minute

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Dear Friends,

 Our member John Woolman is traveling under a concern for slaveholding. Our Meeting has worshiped with him many times as we considered this issue and his leading to travel among Friends.We have no doubt that he is genuinely called to be with you and seek new Light with you about God’s intentions for slaveholding and the Negro.

 We entrust John Woolman to your care, and pray that you and he feel the presence of the Divine Companion as you meet together.


Asa Sharpless
Clerk, New Dover Friends Meeting

 Although this fictional example is written as a letter, it is a minute from a Meeting. It records that the Meeting affirms the Friend’s leading to travel under a concern. (Probably the Meeting used a clearness committee to examine this leading.) The Meeting need not necessarily unite with the concern. <See Clearness and Clearness Committees>.