Committees & Officers

What are the Committees?

Friends sitting around a table talking.The committees of our meeting include:

What do the Committees do?

They work on behalf of the meeting in various ways; for example, they oversee the disbursement of funds, care for children, arrange chairs for worship, and provide spiritual and practical support for members and attenders. Most committees meet once a month, and terms of service are generally two years. Terms begin in June.

How are committees formed?

Once a year the Clerk appoints a Nominating Committee, which is responsible for nominating the officers of Meeting and filling vacancies on Committees. The Nominating Committee brings a roster of recommendations to the Business Meeting, which considers and approves it.

Who is on each committee?

The membership of the committees is published in the newsletter in the spring after the Meeting for Business has approved their choices. This usually happens in March or April. You can also find this information as an attachment to the Directory, which is available from the newsletter editor.

How do I connect with a committee?

If you are interested in a committee’s work, you can talk with someone on the committee or its convener. There might be ways you could be involved in their work informally until you can more formally join them in the spring. The committees are often involved in leading or supporting activities, and are glad to have volunteers and participants.

Who are the officers of Red Cedar Friends?

Officers and others who serve the meeting are

Who is the Clerk? What does the Clerk do?

The Clerk of Red Cedar Friends Meeting is the principal designated representative of the Meeting’s activities. General oversight of the Meetings’ activities is the Clerk’s major responsibility. The Clerk oversees Meeting for Worship, with appropriate involvement of the Committee on Worship and Pastoral Care. The Clerk and other officers are nominated and approved by Meeting, usually serving three consecutive one-year terms. Committees and ad hoc groups also have clerks or conveners.

How do Quakers make decisions in committee and business meetings?

Quaker decisions are made when the clerk discerns “unity” among those present. No vote is taken. Instead, the clerk tests his/her “sense of the meeting” by framing it in words. Out of worship, Friends present may: affirm the clerk’s sense of unity, offer a clarifying change, “stand aside” despite misgivings, in faith that further Light will be given as we move forward or ask to have their objections minuted, though committee or Business Meeting may move forward with the decision.