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Pacific Yearly Meeting

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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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vi: activities and organization of the yearly meeting

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The Yearly Meeting as an Organization

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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yearly meeting committees

 ministry and oversight committee: The Ministry and Oversight Committee consists of nine experienced and sensitive Friends who serve overlapping three-year terms. Its role is to help foster the spiritual life and good order of the Yearly Meeting, by providing assistance and counsel to the Yearly Meeting clerks and endeavoring to make the annual session a fulfilling experience for all participants. During that time, it is responsible for all Meetings for Worship including Meeting for Memorials, and it oversees smaller gatherings such as worship-sharing, affinity, and interest groups. It prepares the program for one plenary session to aid in centering the spirit of the Yearly Meeting.

 The committee may invite officers and clerks of the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings who have particular concerns to meet with them. The committee selects three persons to serve as the Epistle Committee <see p. 129>, and brings these names to the first plenary session of Yearly Meeting.

 Throughout the year the Ministry and Oversight Committee is concerned for the spiritual life and good order of those Monthly Meetings, Preparative Meetings and Worship Groups that are not affiliated with a Quarterly Meeting. Upon request, it may assist any committee,Meeting or individual of the Yearly Meeting.

 The committee also considers and reports on any other matters brought to it by the Yearly Meeting, Representative Committee, Quarterly or outlying Meeting. It establishes liaisons with other committees and groups so that it is aware of their needs, and names two of its members to be available to the Statistical Clerk for advice and counsel. The committee administers the Fund for Concerns and advises the Treasurer regarding other special funds <see next page>.