CMM 2017-12-10 Possible Items for Agenda

Here are some possible agenda items for Twelfth Month’s Meeting for Worship with attention to Business, which will be on the 10th of Twelfth Month.  Some of the items from Eleventh Month may have been carried forward.  Some of the proposed items may need further seasoning. They are in no particular order at the moment.  [See also http://quakerspeak.com/quaker-decision-making-consensus/]

During worship, please hold in your heart the following from Eden Grace’s paper “An Introduction to Quaker Business Practice”.

Quakers profess a theocratic understanding of authority. “The primary authority is that of God, as the God whose will is sought, as Christ who presides, and as the Holy Spirit who inspires and empowers. Thus the task of the meeting is to listen in worship, putting itself under that authority, to discern the right way forward on any piece of business.” * All human leadership is subordinated to the authority of Christ, the true shepherd of any gathering of Christians. All participants in the Meeting are equally capable of being used by the Holy Spirit, and those who moderate the Meeting are seen as servants of the gathering discernment process.

* Scott, Janet “Business Meetings”, manuscript submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming Dictionary of the Religious Society of Friends, 1999.

  • Minutes of Eleventh Month’s Meeting for Worship with attention to Business.
  • Budget Committee report
    • “How does our Meeting engage its members in the support of the Meeting’s work, its ministry, and the upkeep of its property?” 1
  • Property Committee report
    • “Does our Meeting serve social and economic justice in its uses of property and money?” 1
    • “[Dave Woolpert] talked with AMTP’s creator and former Executive Director Donna San Antonio ... and she has requested there be a commemorative event re: the transfer of the land to honor and acknowledge the role that the Booths played in making this gift possible.  She didn’t think it needed to happen close to the property closing date but we agreed it would be good to have it soon enough to have Lois Booth attend.  Can ... Ruth or Sara ... look into this and come up with some suggested dates?”
  • Solar Committee report
    • “We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation.” 2
  • Youth Religious Education Committee report
    • “Children and young people need love and stability. Are we doing all we can to uphold and sustain parents and others who carry the responsibility for providing this care?” 3
  • Outreach Committee report
  • Ministry & Counsel Committee report
    • Query 2. “b) Are we aware of the roles we fill as heirs of the meetings of ministers and elders? What do we do to support each other in the use of our gifts for God’s work? Do we actively seek to identify and nurture these gifts in each other?” https://neym.org/sites/default/files/2015-09-15Minute%20of%20Exercise%20...
    • All Friends are encouraged to inform New England Yearly Meeting of any visit to other NEYM Meetings by sending an e-mail to Visits [at] NEYM [dot] org with a brief description (one or two phrases) of the visit, e.g., “joining in Meeting for Worship”, “participating in a discussion group”, or “leading a workshop”.  The following is from the NEYM October 2017 Newsletter

    Where Have You Visited?

    If you have visited another Friends meeting in New England, please let us know when, where, and why you visited and include a brief summary of your visit in an email to visits [at] neym [dot] org

    Sharing this news will assist others to plan future visits and travel.  It's an important way we can help knit together Friends in our region, lifting up our connections, and helping support both those who are traveling and the web of local meetings.

  • PSECC report
  • Dover Quarterly Meeting report (from 29th of Tenth Month 2017 at Gonic Friends Meetinghouse)
    • Web clerk’s offer to save Dover Quarterly Meeting’s minutes on this website as an electronic backup.
    • Consider increasing Concord Monthly Meeting's annual donation from $10.

Announcements & Events:

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert's recent article, “Experiments with Truth in the Age of Trump”, was published in Dialogue, Issue 17 on pages 23-25.  Sarah's argument can be summarised in her statement "Without holding nonviolence as a moral principle, nonviolent tactics can manipu­late and preach but will never foster common ground."

Brennan Barnard's recent article, “Turn Up The Volume On Racism”, was published in the Concord Monitor and the Huffington Post.

Recently we published a statement in response to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Please also see “Such a Time as This: A Response to Hate and Violence” as well as the “2017 Epistle of New England Yearly Meeting”, Ruby Sales' Plenary Message on NEYM’s Youtube channel, and the audio recordings of the 2017 Annual Sessions Bible Half-Hours by Marty Grundy.  Draft booklet of Bible Half Hour texts.

Nov 13 (Mon)   8:30 – 10:00 AM  Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Justice for those reporting to ICE for deportation that day at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester.

Nov 14 (Tue)   8:30 – 10:00 AM  Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Justice for those reporting to ICE for deportation that day at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester.

Nov 15 (Wed)   6:00 – 7:00 PM  2017 NEYM Bible Half Hour discussion.  Day 1: “The World”.  Printed booklets of the talks for all five sessions are available from MarkBarker [at] ConcordFriendsMeeting [dot] org.  At the end of each session, we will agree the date and time that is most convenient for the next session.

Nov 17 (Fri)   8:30 – 10:00 AM  Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Justice for those reporting to ICE for deportation that day at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester.  This will be followed by the Sanctuary Support Network meeting at Blessed-Sacrament Church, 14 Elm St, Manchester where there will be refreshments.  We have signed the pledge to stand with our immigrant neighbors.  If you have not seen a copy of the revised solidarity statement, it can be found here.

Nov 18 (Sat)  10:15 AM – 3:00 PM Quaker Approach to Pastoral Care and End of Life.  Hanover Friends invite us to this workshop facilitated by Fran Brokaw, Rachel Guaraldi, Lisa Solbert Sheldon at Howe Library, Mayer Room, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH;  Brown Bag Lunch; Light Refreshments provided Please RSVP and send questions to:  lizmeller1 [at] gmail [dot] com or sarahmonego [at] yahoo [dot] com

Nov 30 (Thu)   6:00 – 7:00 PM  2017 NEYM Bible Half Hour discussion.  Day 2: “Transformation”.  Printed booklets of the talks for all five sessions are available from MarkBarker [at] ConcordFriendsMeeting [dot] org.  At the end of each session, we will agree the date and time that is most convenient for the next session.



1. See http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/queries/11-stewardship-of-resources/

2. See http://qfp.quaker.org.uk/chapter/1/ № 42

3. See http://qfp.quaker.org.uk/chapter/1/ № 24