Summary of experience in the Quaker organisational structures
(i.e. not experiences that are strictly spiritual or religious )
S.P. Revised 8/7/09
I started attending Quakers in about 1971 (Coventry Meeting) and became a member around 1975.
Iíve always attended P.M. (local meetingís monthly business meeting).
Iíve attended the MM (area meetingís monthly business meeting) perhaps 80% of times possible.
Iíve attended almost all our annual "Yearly Meetings".
I've attended France YM once and Southeastern (USA) YM twice.
My main local meetings have been (approx dates):
Coventry PM, Warks MM, 1971 - 79
Paris Meeting, France YM, 1980
Wolverhampton PM, Staffs MM, 1981 - 82
15th Street MM, New York YM, 83
Orlando MM, Southeastern YM, 83 - 85
Den Haag MM, Netherlands YM, 85 - 87
Westminster PM, Westminster MM, 88 - 2002
Bedminster Local Meeting, Bristol Area Meeting, 2002 - January 2013
Central \bristol L.M. November 2013 -
Also attended a few times:
Birmingham, Brighton, Hastings, Canterbury, Amsterdam, Wanstead, Toynbee Hall, Kingsbridge, Oxford, Totnes, Tavistock, Montreal, Canterbury, Aukland, Delhi, Cardigan, Ramallah, Redland, and others.
Also attended once: (P=Programmed)
North Walsham; Newtown; Hampstead; Victoria BC; Montreal PQ; Puno, Peru (P); La Paz, Bolivia (P), San Jose and Monteverde, Costa Rica; Guatemala City (P), Baton Rouge, Santa Fe, Walnut Creek (P), Riverside and Los Ossos, California; Honolulu, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hoshangabad, Itarsi (P), Bangkok, Singapore, Moscow, Stockholm, Horfield, Portishead, Bude, Kendal, Salisbury, and others, particularly in Warwickshire MM and in Westminster MM and in Bristol MM/AM.
At Coventry I did some work with the Young Friends group.
At Orlando I was on Ministry and Counsel Committee, then was Clerk to the MM.
At Westminster I was on Overseers, then was clerk to Premises, then an Elder.
At Bristol I was an Elder, then clerk to my PM, then clerk to Premises, then on General Committee (Trustees) as clerk to the Finance Committee, later clerk of Trustees then co-opted back onto Finance.
Also Assistant clerk to MM
As Assistant clerk I was convenor of the Public Statements Group (but had little to do)
As Assistant clerk I was convenor of the annual meeting of clerks
As Assistant clerk I was clerk of a special nominations committee to nominate all elders and overseers
I was the MMís QPSW Representative, as such attended two conferences.
I was on the MM IT Group.
I was on the MMís Charitable Status Working Group, then as a trustee I worked on rationalisation and re-registration of all our linked charitable Trusts.
I was on the MMís Bedminster Meeting House (Extensions) working Group.
I was Assistant (or Co-) clerk of Sidcot School General Meeting.
I was on YM Nominations Committee.
In 2008-09 I was on YM Nominating Group (nominating Nominations Committee)
Attended Friends World Conference (Honduras site) 1991
I served for 6 years as BYM rep on FWCC,
As such attended 2 FWCC Triennial Conferences (Albequeque, New Mexico and Birminham, UK)
Attended international Quaker conference on Baptism, Eucharist and Authority(?) (Bíham).
Was member of Quaker World Relations Committee (QWRC)
Was on European and Middle East Section (EMES) Executive Committee,
Attended 8 annual conferences of EMES, all on European mainland. .
Served on Meeting for Sufferings for 4 years - was very active on it.
At YM was twice moved to speak significantly (1. re CCBI, 2. re Kosovo/a).
Founder member and Company Secretary of Quaker Homeless Action (QHA).
At Westminster, organiser of weekly Tea Runs for homeless people.
Many times volunteer/shift leader at Quaker Open Christmas
Board Member of the Penn Club (when they were incorporating).
Was to have been employed by Quaker International Centre had it not been abandoned by YM
Founder, one time Treasurer, Administrator, Company Secretary of Friends of Sangam Foundation (FOSF) - a mainly Quaker body supporting a school in India..
Company Secretary of AVP Britain (also mainly Quaker).
Attended very many courses, retreats, discussion groups, e.g. 2 p.a. while at Westminster, and including a full 3-month term at Woodbrooke, also two periods at Powell House (NY YMís study centre).
Active part in revision of Q F & P including As & Qs.
Attended joint meeting of QCIR and QWRC
Helped design and run a course at Woodbrooke on international Quakerism.
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