Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups
Chapel Hill Monthly Meeting has been blessed with the fruits of our work with the 2003 Quaker Press of FGC publication, Raising Conscientious Objector Consciousness among Our Youth, by Curt Torell and Alice Carlton. We have been using the curriculum and the handouts associated with it with our young Friends who are approaching their eighteenth birthdays and the time to sign up for selective service. These Young Friends and their parents have found all the materials helpful.
What are spiritual gifts?
Spiritual gifts are given to an individual by the Spirit to carry on behalf of a community. Some examples of spiritual gifts from the Christian New Testament are wisdom, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, and prophecy (I Corinthians 12: 7-11).
Spiritual gifts may not be the same as an individual’s skills or talents; they are essentially on loan from the Spirit. They are for the benefit of the community rather than the individual.
Informal Forms of Support for Faithfulness
Intentionally supporting one another on our spiritual journeys is a valuable Quaker practice. The following are some informal forms of support that Friends can initiate to help them be faithful and accountable in a community with others.
Spiritual friendships are formed when two people commit to supporting each other. Often they will meet together to pray for each other and to share their experiences, doubts, challenges and joys as their spiritual lives unfold.
There are many forms of ministry among Friends. We are all called to different ministries at different times. Meetings can choose to support Friends who have a leading to ministry in a variety of ways.
Read about ministry within the meeting here: What-is-Ministry-Schurman
The following resources explain what a clearness committee is, who uses them and what happens when you are appointed to one.
What is a clearness committee?
A clearness committee is a group of Friends appointed to help a member of the meeting find clarity around a leading.
Who can have a clearness committee?
Anyone can request a clearness committee from the meeting that he or she attends.
To read about the process of requesting a clearness committee, download the file: Steps in the clearness process
Friend Maya Wright wrote this skit for the Young Adult Friends Conference in Richmond, Indiana, May 23-26, 2008. She welcomes and encourages anyone to re-perform this skit, with or without alterations. The complete script is in the Build It! Toolkit, available at QuakerBooks.
Click below to download the script or to watch the slideshow, which can be used to accompany the skit.
This resource provides leaflets to give advice to meetings wishing to build intergenerational community.
These leaflets are easy to use literature that you can print and distribute at any meeting location. These leaflets are taken from the Build It! Toolkit, a resource available from Quaker books of FGC. They are designed to give some key suggestions for nurturing a healthy and diverse meeting community of all ages.
The following resources explain some of the forms of communication written on behalf of a traveling Friend, and written communication from the meeting he or she is visiting.
Letters of Introduction
A “letter of introduction” is a communication signed by the clerk of a monthly meeting that identifies the person who is traveling as a Friend or regular attender in good standing.
These documents can help a meeting wanting to start a discussion group or using worship sharing.