North Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Consultation

Eldering

The Conference was held on January 8, 2017. There were 24 Friends on the call, including six members of the NPYM Ministry & Oversight Committee.

 

Consultation Clerk: Dorsey Green, University Meeting

 

How do we recognize or discern who among us has the gift of eldering?

How is this different from being a Seasoned Friend?

 

Open Topic

Conference was held on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Consultation Clerk: Betsey Kenworthy, Multnomah Meeting.

What is happening in your Meeting? What can you share with each other? What are your concerns? 

What other ways have we found to deepen worship and to nurture spiritual life?

How are memorials attended to by the meeting?

Why do meetings shrink in size?

How do we fill committees?

How do we incorporate art, music and movement into worship?

Pastoral Care

Conference was held on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

There were 21 Friends on this consultation conference call including six members of the NPYM Ministry and Oversight committee.

Consultation Clerk – Jane Ewert, Bridge City Friends Meeting

Queries Regarding Pastoral Care among unprogrammed Friends

Introductory query: Are we maintaining our own individual and corporate practices of centering in the Divine Presence and lifting each other up?

Awareness

Quaker Values and Communication in the Electronic Age

Summary of notes of a Consultation Conference call on May 7th, 2015

Hosted by NPYM Ministry and Oversights Committee

There were 14 Friends on this consultation conference call including five members of the NPYM Ministry and Oversight Committee. Three queries were addressed in the course of the hour's consultation.

1. What electronic tools have been helpful in your Meeting/Worship Group? What and how?

Quaker Practice

Conference was held on Thursday, February 12th 2015

Consultation Clerk – Warren Ostrom, University Friends Meeting

Queries

The committee recommends reading the first 13 pages of our new chapter on Quaker Practice available on the North Pacific Yearly Meeting website.

1. The NPYM draft Faith and Practice states:

Integrating New People into Our Meetings

Conference call was held on Sunday, May 4th 2014.

Clerk of consultation: Warren Ostrom, University Friends Meeting

Queries*

1. Do we actually want new people to become part of our group?

2.  How do we spread the word that we exist, what we are about, where and when we meet, and that newcomers are welcome?

3.  Are there some types of people we deliberately turn away?  Are there some needs, such as provision of translation or childcare, which we aren’t prepared to provide?

"Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in Our Meeting Communities"

Conference call was held on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Clerk of Consultation – Dorsey Green, University Friends Meeting

Queries  

1. What experience have you had with disruptive behavior in your Meeting?  What was your Meeting’s response? 

2. Is there a time when it is helpful to identify a person struggling with disruptive behavior? How might it be beneficial for someone to engage with the individual to see what might be helpful to him/her?

3. What resources has your Meeting found helpful to address this situation?

Membering

Consultation was held on June 30, 2013

Clerk of Consultation - Lucretia Humphrey, Great Falls Worship Group

Discussion leaders - Ann Stever and Dorsey Green, University Friends Meeting

Queries

1. What helps you center and enter the Godstream/the Divine/the Spirit/God in business meeting?

2. In business meeting, what is your role as a member of the body?

Dying and Loss

Conference call held on April 21, 2013.

Clerk of consultation: Georgia Foster, Sheridan Community of Wyoming Friends Meeting

Queries

  1. How do we, in our meetings, support one another in facing our losses?

  2. Are there ways we can engage Spirit to help us relate to loss?

“Burn Out” in Meetings

Consultation was held on September 30, 2012

Clerk of Consultation – Sea Gabriel, South Seattle Friends Meeting

Queries

1. When do we feel fulfilled through service to our meetings? How do we support others to discover ‘what love can do’?

2. When are we in touch with the light in our meetings? How do we support our meetings and their participants to reconnect with the light?

3. How do we care for ourselves and each other as we form relationships with and in our meeting?

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