principal concern continues to be nurturing the spirituality of our
community, and the quality of Meeting for Worship.
We regularly discuss the spiritual condition of our Meeting,
and attempt to develop ways to address those needs.
of our tasks is to coordinate Opening Exercises.
Each member of our committee takes a specific month for which
they find presenters. Many
people who have volunteered to conduct opening exercises have been
doing thoughtful presentations which often help to set the tone for
meeting for worship. We also keep the meeting house stocked with
Quaker literature, much of which has been updated.
We’ve ordered several new pamphlets from Philadelphia Yearly
oversight of adult education is also our responsibility. We’ve
committed to developing ways to instruct, uphold, examine and cherish
Quaker principles and processes.
following represent some of our sponsored activities and
Provide copies of Faith and Practice to new members
One of our members conducted a six-weeks-long, double session
on Quakerism which was well attended and, based on several follow up
discussions, was quite valuable. Some of the topics included Quaker
history, Quaker beliefs, Friends at Downingtown, how we conduct
Meeting for Business, and what it means to be a Quaker.
This same member also hosted a series of special Friday night
We approved and acquired a sign, which is now hung outside
the Meeting House, letting people know that meeting has started and
directing latecomers to the street side entrance.
We approved and helped to purchase an LCD computer projector
for meeting. After considerable discussion, its possible uses
Brown Bag Discussions
Special events, including guest speakers
Quaker orientation course
Potential uses at Meeting for Business, thus reducing the need
Two of our members developed the Mantel Books Project. Books,
focusing on Brown Bag Discussion topics, are now available on the fireplace mantel in the library.
We discussed and are in the process of modifying how we deal with
the Queries. We would like to make them more meaningful and more central
to our Meeting.
8. In conjunction with Religious Education , we have asked Young
Friends to take on the responsibility of reading the Advises during
Meeting for Worship. These will be read on the last Sunday of the
9. We approved the selling of Faith and Practice at the
10. Several of our meetings included discussion about The Quaker
Way booth at the Fall
Festival. In cooperation with the Outreach committee, we arrived at
several valuable suggestions which will be implemented next year.
Our Brown Bag Discussions included "Blessings," "How
for Meeting for Worship," and "The Old Testament." We’re discussing
Quaker parenting and Bible study as two additional topics. You’re
encouraged to let us know how you feel about these or any other
topics of interest.
In conclusion I would like to thank all the members of this committee
for their hard work and the
prayerful diligence with
which they performed their duties on what many consider to be a vital
committee in the life of our spiritual community.
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