Chapter 2: Approaches to God – worship and prayer

2.83

...ourage these from associating in worship with members of other religious denominations. It is our concern that Friends thus situated should [consider holding] meetings of a simple spiritual character with their neighbours, either on first-day or during the week. The world needs this message, and it is one for which many souls are hungering. Where a meeting on first-day may not seem a wise arrangement a quiet hour of worship with neighbours of othe...

Chapter 3: General counsel on church affairs

3.19

...save the meeting’s time by adequate preliminary discussion. With regard to nominations, for example, you may be able to avoid having to make appointments ‘subject to consent’. It is also important that, in minuting appointments, the term of service and the date of termination be clearly stated. Area meeting clerks are advised to be in close touch with elders and overseers, for example, when applications for membership are being considered. More ge...

3.23

...committee responsible for the work, most often on the recommendation of a nominations committee. The process of appointment starts when the meeting identifies the need for a task to be performed. It is good practice for a meeting to have a clear view of the tasks that need to be accomplished on its behalf and to fix the length of service required so that both the meeting and the Friend appointed understand the commitment. Many of our gifts are la...

3.24

...firm approach. When it is decided not to renominate any Friend holding an appointment, care should be taken to convey this information sensitively in person or by letter well before nominations are submitted. Nominations committees should be required to report from time to time on their thinking and their way of working....

Chapter 4: Area meetings and local meetings

4.04

...these responsibilities; a treasurer; a registering officer (see 16.10); a nominations committee; a body of trustees (see 15.02; 15.10); a custodian of records or a committee for the purpose (see 4.39). Meetings may when appropriate appoint a member of another area meeting, but in such cases advance consultation between the meetings is advisable, and the decision must be communicated by minute. Area meetings are responsible for eldership and overs...

4.06

...nts should be made for a fixed period, generally not more than three years, after which they should be reviewed. See 3.22–3.25 Nominations and appointments...

4.16

...An area meeting shall provide Britain Yearly Meeting and Meeting for Sufferings, and any general meeting or Quaker gathering (see 5.02) to which it belongs, with such nominations or information as may from time to time be required....

4.35

...these responsibilities. The Recording Clerk should be informed of the names and addresses of the current holders of these offices in all local meetings....

4.36

...n assistant clerk (3.12–3.20); a collector (13.44); a librarian (13.41); a nominations committee; a premises committee; a children’s committee; a committee responsible for hospitality and domestic arrangements; doorkeepers; correspondents. Whilst elders and overseers are appointed by the area meeting, much of their service will be within the framework of the local meeting (see 12.06). Some meetings will have wardens or resident Friends (see 13.33–...

4.45

...uld be given the opportunity of deleting some or all of their personal details (11.39). If meetings record any other information on members and attenders, whether electronically or in paper-based records, for example in connection with nominations work or with applications for membership, the persons concerned must be informed that the information is held and that they may see and approve their own record. Further advice can be obtained from the R...

Chapter 5: Other Quaker groupings

5.04

...here appropriate. Meeting of Friends in Wales will provide information and nominations or appointed representatives to Quaker and other bodies when required. The meeting may communicate by minute with Yearly Meeting through its agenda committee (6.18) and Meeting for Sufferings (7.04), as well as with area meetings which include parts of Wales. It also has the obligation to receive minutes from these bodies. The following is a translation into Wel...

Chapter 6: Yearly Meeting

6.17

...s conclusion: Agenda Committee (6.18), Committee on Clerks (6.19), Central Nominations Committee (6.21), Quaker Stewardship Committee (14.36). In order to facilitate the business of Yearly Meeting the following committees shall be appointed at an early session: Nominating Group (6.22), Epistle Drafting Committee (6.23), Committee to Examine Minutes (6.24). The service of these committees ceases at the close of Yearly Meeting, save only in the case...

6.18

...fferings on behalf of Yearly Meeting, on the recommendation of the Central Nominations Committee. The Agenda Committee shall: appoint such subcommittees of its members as are from time to time required; appoint annually three or more of its members to serve on the Arrangements Committee (6.20). The Agenda Committee appoints a subcommittee responsible for planning residential Yearly Meeting Gatherings, having consulted with the Committee on Clerks,...

6.20

...arly Meeting may at an early session appoint, on the nomination of Central Nominations Committee, two further Friends to serve on this committee for the period of Yearly Meeting. The Arrangements Committee shall act on behalf of the Agenda Committee between meetings. It shall consider any alterations which may appear to be required in the agenda whether before or during Yearly Meeting, any application received too late for consideration by the Age...

6.21

...s and other bodies for which it is seeking names and ensures that up-to-date terms of reference and other information required are obtained in good time. The committee seeks nominations on the basis of its own discernment and in line with the general guidance on nominations set out in 3.22–3.25....

6.22

...nsible for nominating to Yearly Meeting names of those to serve on Central Nominations Committee (6.21) and Committee on Clerks (6.19). Yearly Meeting Nominating Group is appointed annually by Yearly Meeting from those attending Yearly Meeting. The convener is nominated by the previous Nominating Group. Yearly Meeting Nominating Group consults as necessary and brings names to the next Yearly Meeting as required. The group also offers nominations t...

6.23

...eting shall at its first session appoint, on the nomination of the Central Nominations Committee, an Epistle Drafting Committee, of which one member shall be named as convener. Yearly Meeting shall, at an appropriate stage in its deliberations, offer guidance on the content of the epistle. The draft of the epistle shall be made available to Friends for written comment and shall be submitted to Yearly Meeting for approval, normally at the beginning...

Chapter 7: Meeting for Sufferings

7.05

...stees, all other Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees, the clerk of the Central Nominations Committee; with the Recording Clerk, the Deputy Recording Clerk, and all other members of Management Meeting (8.22), all ex officio. Meeting for Sufferings, at the discretion of the clerk, is empowered to invite other Friends, committee members or staff members to participate for specific business or at a particular meeting.  In case of vacancy by death, release...

7.06

Each area meeting may make two nominations from its membership for appointment to Meeting for Sufferings (4.17) as a representative and an alternate. The term ‘alternate’ as used to describe the additional appointment by each area meeting or other body to Meeting for Sufferings means another Friend who could alternate in attendance with the first-named Friend in ways which suit them and the area meeting, or be available to deputise for the repres...

7.07

...es of Britain Yearly Meeting if asked to serve in that capacity. In making nominations, area meetings should bear in mind the need to balance experience and continuity with the value of fresh insight and wider involvement of the membership and the importance of reporting back as part of the communication between Meeting for Sufferings and area meetings (4.17). Area meetings should bear in mind minute 27 of Yearly Meeting 2000 concerning the servic...

Chapter 8: The centrally managed work of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain

8.07

...n nominations (see b. below & 3.23–3.25 & 7.07); establishing an effective nominations committee, working closely with the Central Nominations Committee (6.21) as appropriate; keeping Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees (and through them, Meeting for Sufferings) informed about significant matters arising from its area of responsibility; considering any matters that Meeting for Sufferings or Trustees refer to it for urgent attention and action. (See al...

8.08

...actice in Quaker employment, for librarians, for registering officers, for nominations work or in other ways; spiritual development and religious learning, both with and for adults and children and young people, including membership matters, publications and providing opportunities to empower meetings and individual Friends so as to deepen their spiritual lives and refresh their sense of vitality; the outreach activities of Friends in their meetin...

8.15

...as between seven and twelve trustees appointed for terms of three years by Meeting for Sufferings, names having been submitted by the Central Nominations Committee, to form its council of management....

8.17

...mmittee (6.21.i) as set out in the Trustees’ terms of reference. In making nominations for service as trustees, the Central Nominations Committee ensures that the Friends approached are aware of the legal responsibilities of trustees and of the legal position on eligibility (see 15.04). No trustee shall serve on a standing committee as listed in 8.06. The clerk and assistant clerk are appointed by Yearly Meeting on the nomination of the Committee...

Chapter 9: Beyond Britain Yearly Meeting

9.07

...ess and to raise funds. Local meetings are encouraged to appoint a British Committee correspondent. Britain Yearly Meeting is committed to the support of QCEA. Meeting for Sufferings, on the recommendation of the Central Nominations Committee, appoints one representative of Britain Yearly Meeting, with an alternate, to serve on QCEA for three years. There will often be value in considering re-appointment for a second three-year term....

9.12

...s: at the Senior Representative Forum by the Recording Clerk (new window) or a Quaker member of staff delegated by her or him; at the biennial Summit of Church Leaders by one or two Friends appointed on the basis of their relevant experience on the nomination of Central Nominations Committee. General Meeting for Scotland makes appointments to ACTS; the Meeting of Friends in Wales makes appointments to Cytûn. Representatives report to the appointin...

9.13

...ited to nominate a representative through Britain Yearly Meeting’s Central Nominations Committee. Additional members may be co-opted to assist with particular issues. QCCIR is responsible for keeping Britain Yearly Meeting informed of relevant issues and movements which emerge from the interchurch and interfaith life of Britain, and of opportunities for dialogue and co-operation between churches, between faiths, and between faiths and churches. It...

Chapter 12: Caring for one another

12.07

...ted should be informed before new names are submitted to the area meeting. Nominations to these offices are made either by the area meeting standing nominations committee or by a special area meeting nominating committee, consisting of a group of Friends drawn from the constituent meetings for this purpose. Members should bear in mind that they are not bringing forward names from their local meetings for ratification but nominating elders and over...

12.09

...h constituent meeting and to the Recording Clerk. It is important that the area meeting make known to its members the method by which it wishes to receive nominations for such interim appointments. It may, for example, wish them to be brought forward by its standing nominations committee, or it may prefer to receive nominations from the existing area meeting elders and overseers or from the local meeting most directly concerned. A Friend whose mem...

Chapter 14: Stewardship of our material resources

14.40

...nine Friends appointed by Yearly Meeting, from names submitted by Central Nominations Committee (see 6.21), for a three-year period beginning and ending at a Yearly Meeting, three members retiring annually though eligible for reappointment for a second term and exceptionally for a third; a clerk and assistant clerk appointed by Yearly Meeting annually from names submitted by Central Nominations Committee (see 6.21); together with the Recording Cl...

14.42

...These regulations do not affect the general obligation on every area meeting to furnish Yearly Meeting, Meeting for Sufferings and any general meeting or Quaker gathering (see 5.02) to which it belongs with such nominations or information as may from time to time be required....