As Friends do not have a traditional minister and staff, Meeting acts through its committees. From a Business Meeting of the whole to a Relief Committee with three members, activities in Quakerism are accomplished through Committees.
Committees have either a clerk for a long standing committee such as Ministry and Counsel or a convener for a short-term committee such as a Clearness Committee. Like all Quaker activities, committees begin and end in silent worship and members await the leading of the Spirit in the transaction of business. Committees are therefore forms of worship that are Spirit-led.
In order to ensure shared decision-making, the clerk and other members of committees serve only for a specified length of time. All Meeting members and attenders may be asked to sit on committees, depending upon their leadings and the discernment of their gifts by the Nominating Committee.
Anyone with a leading for service to the community should contact the clerk of nominating or any member of the nominating committee to make that leading known.
All positions are for one year, renewable except for the nominating committee terms which are for two years, staggered terms, renewable once, and ministry & counsel terms for 3 years, renewable once, staggered terms.
The full list of committee members, as approved at the called meeting for worship with a concern for business on January 9, 2022, will be posted here soon.
|Recording Clerk||Bernard Winter|
|Assistant Treasurer||Carol Wilkinson|
|Recorder for Membership/ Historian||Helen Garay Toppins|
|ARCH representative||Charlene Ray (Convener)|
|Caregivers for Meeting with Children||Ernie Buscemi|
|Communications and Website||Art Moritz (Clerk)|
|Friends’ Committee on Unity with Nature (Friends Earthcare Witness)||Tom Goodridge|
|Ministry and Counsel||Ed Elder (Clerk)|
|Nominating||Sally Campbell (Clerk)|
|Peace and Social Concerns||Pam Wood (Clerk)|
|Prison Ministry||Ernie Buscemi|
|Helen Garay Toppins|
|Riverside Space||Jon Mehlhaus (Clerk)|