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Quaker Handbook 2017

QUAKER HANDBOOK

THE HANDBOOK OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

of the Religious Society of Friends,
Yearly Meeting of Aotearoa
New Zealand,

Te Hahi Tuhauwiri

Originally published in November 2000 in Christchurch by the Religious Society of Friends
after an interim partial publication in December 1999

This version incorporates the changes agreed from time to time by Yearly Meeting up to August 2015.

The Handbook Revision Committee recognises that much material is out of date, and substantial revision is planned.

WEBSITE www.quaker.org.nz

 ISBN   0-473-07349-8

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The Handbook is published here in eight sections as shown below. Each section can be viewed as a separate page, or downloaded separately:

1. Introduction, History, Questions & Counsel
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Some History
1.3 Maori name
1.4 Diversity
1.5 Questions & Counsel

2. Worship, Life and Witness
2.1-2.1.4 Meeting for Worship
2.1.5-2.1.14 Ministry
2.2  Rights & responsibilities of being a Quaker
2.2.1-2.2.6 Members and attenders
2.3  Quaker Concerns
2.4  Quaker Testimonies

3. Decision-making
3.1  General
3.2  Conducting meetings for business
3.3  The sense of the meeting
3.4  The meeting and its clerk

4. Structures: Monthly Meetings
4.1  Definitions
4.2  Responsibilities of a Monthly Meeting
       Responsibilities of a Recognised Meeting
4.3  Appointments
4.4  Recording minutes and information
4.5  Property & Finances
4.6  Annual report to Yearly Meeting
4.7  Suggestions for clerks
4.8  Nominations committee
4.9  Membership
4.10  Marriages according to Friends' usage
4.11  Funerals
        Testimonies concerning deceased Friends
4.12 Other special meetings for worship

5.  Structures: Yearly Meeting
5.1-3  General, Appointments, Attendance
5.4  Yearly Meeting Documents
       Documents in Advance
       Minutes of YM
       List of Members and Attenders
5.5  Standing Committee
5.6  Finance
       Society of Friends NZ Trust Board
       Meeting House Building Fund
       Wanganui Educational Settlement Trust (WEST)
       School Trust Administration Committee (STAC)
       The John Holdsworth Endowment Fund
       The NZ Friends Assistance Fund
       QIET
5.7  Continuing Committees
5.7.5  YM Nominations Committee
5.7.6  Quaker Peace & Service (QPS)
5.7.8  Extension Committee
         Summer Gathering Coordinating Committee 
5.7.13  NZ Friends Newsletter Committee
5.8  Other groups within Yearly Meeting
5.9  Representation on World Quaker Bodies
       Friends' World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
       Wider Quaker  Fellowship
5.10  Links with other Organisations
5.10.2  Conference of Churches Aotearoa/NZ
5.10.6  Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)
5.10.7  Public Questions / Agency on Social Issues

6.  Elders, Overseers, Pastoral Care
6.2  Eldership
6.3  Oversight
6.4  Clearness Meetings

7.  Children, Information, etc.
7.1  Children & Young People
7.3  Website
7.4  Historical Manuscripts
7.5  Tapestry Photos
7.6  Quaker classics

8.  Appendices

STATEMENT ON PEACE — 1987

BICULTURAL ISSUES — MINUTE OF 1988-9

STATEMENT OF AFFIRMATION & RECONCILIATION — 1992

STATEMENT ON MAORI-PAKEHA ISSUES — 1995

STATEMENT OF SOCIAL CONCERN — 1998

STATEMENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY — 2000

Procedures in cases of sexual harassment & abuse — 1999

Detailed procedures for Quaker marriages and civil unions – 2017

Index/Glossary