Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups
This rather large pdf is part two of the publication Fostering Vital Friends Meetings. It includes many individual articles grouped into sections by subject that can be used as wonderful, indepth resources for meetings.
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Story is how we share who we are with those we love the most. We tell and listen to stories of the ordinary and the extraordinary. We delight in stories of cherished moments. We record and catalog them in words and photographs. People of all ages hunger for stories. We may ask, “What did you do at school today,” or “how was the wedding,” or “what did you do on your vacation?” Families that tell their stories are blest. The family with a rich store of tales going back many years is truly fortunate.
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 watch the slideshow, which can be used to accompany the skit.