Chapter 8 » 8.09

Oversight of the centrally managed work

Quaker Life Central Committee

Representative council

Quaker Life Central Committee links directly with Friends in their meetings through Quaker Life Representative Council. This two-way channel of communication provides for education, inspiration and consultation, bringing local Friends closer to national work and vice versa.

The local worshipping communities of Quakers are gathered into the wider spiritual community of Britain Yearly Meeting: “community is the context in which people come to understand their relatedness” (Parker J Palmer, 1977). Quaker Life Central Committee is responsible for maintaining and encouraging communication and networking, so that Friends can share both spiritual and practical experience of living their Quaker lives. To this end, it maintains the Quaker Life Representative Council, which provides a two- way channel of communication for education, inspiration and consultation. The Council has an important role in highlighting the interconnectedness of our local meetings, which depend on each other and are more than simply separate worshipping congregations.

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