Nurturing Our Community

  • Nurturing Our Community: Care for the Meeting
    • Do we help each other to live with integrity and contribute that integrity to the life of our meeting?
    • How does our meeting learn of members’ needs and offer its assistance?
    • How does our meeting nurture members in all stages of life?
    • How does our meeting welcome those new to Friends and integrate them into our community?
    • When a member’s conduct or manner of living gives cause for concern, how does the meeting respond?
    • Am I ready both to offer and to accept meeting assistance when needed?
    • Do I treat adults and children alike with respect and without condescension?
    • What opportunities have I taken to know, work and worship with Friends in the larger spiritual communities we share?
  • Nurturing Our Community: Religious Education in the Home and Meeting
    • How does our meeting prepare its members, attenders and children for worship, for the conduct of its business and for a way of life consistent with the principles of the Religious Society of Friends?
    • What opportunities do we provide for all in the meeting to learn about Friends’ history, practices and testimonies, the Judeo-Christian tradition, the life and teachings of Jesus, and other religious traditions?
    • How does our meeting’s religious education program provide experiential learning that enhances the sense of belonging to our worshipping community?
    • How do I help create a home where all members of the family receive affection and understanding and where visitors are welcome?
    • How does my manner of living enrich body, mind and spirit; enable all to learn what it means to live a life of Spirit-led commitment; and demonstrate a high regard for family, community and the integrity of creation?
    • How do I engage with my family and others who are dear to me regarding such sensitive topics as death, faith, money, sex and drugs?
  • Nurturing Our Community: Stewardship of Resources
    • How does our meeting accommodate ecological, economic and social justice in its uses of property and money?
    • Does our meeting engage its members in supporting the meeting’s work, its ministry and the upkeep of its property?
    • Does our meeting encourage its members to support with their time, energy and finances the quarterly and yearly meetings and other Quaker organizations?
    • To what extent does our meeting rely on current members and attenders for financial support and to what extent on other sources?
    • How do I demonstrate in my own decision making a concern for ecological, economic and social justice?
    • How do I simplify my needs, making choices that balance self-sufficiency and fair sharing of resources?
    • Do I balance my work-life and other activities with the time and energy needed for my spiritual growth and service?
    • Do I contribute to the work of Friends in my meeting, in the quarterly and yearly meetings and in the wider world of Friends?