of the Committee of Oversightóreferred to as Overseersóare members
of meeting who are charged with helping to sustain a caring community by
maintaining contact with all members and attenders in a spirit of
affectionate interest. They try to be sensitive to the phases of life through which we all must pass and be ready to offer
assistance in a discreet fashion. Because we are an interdependent
community, each member and regular attender of Meeting has an overseer
who stands ready to be of service.
Many of the things which can be said of overseers can be said of all
members of Meeting, who care for each other and the welfare of the
group. Overseers are a slightly more formalized way of ensuring that
none of us falls through the cracks, so to speak. Pastoral care and
counseling is an overseer's particular responsibility.
Specifically, an overseer will try to become acquainted with the
members in his or her care and make new members feel welcome. An
overseer can offer assistance during important transitions of life as
well as difficult times such as emotional crisis, financial need,
divorce, illness, and bereavement.
The Committee of Oversight works closely with other committees to
meet the needs of the people in our meeting community. In general,
members and attenders should feel free to bring any question or concern
to an overseer because, even though the issue might not be one of
pastoral care or counsel, an overseer will probably know which person or
committee can provide the appropriate response.