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06 June 2008

Opinion

Nominations – time for a rethink? - preview

Dorothy Millichamp of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire AM asks what would make appointments easier

If anyone labelled me a Luddite I would no doubt be vigorously defensive
  • Yet I am aware of uncomfortable changes in so many areas of my life and the world around me
  • These changes are already affecting the life and practice of our Quaker communities when, because of the daily demands on the time and energy of our Friends and attenders, they have few reserves to engage in the roles and responsibilities which support our Meetings


  • This is now apparent as some nominations committees are unable to find Friends and attenders to serve

  • Dorothy Millichamp

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    Comments:

    simon gray, 04 June
    Here's a list of things which I'd never done before I'd done them as Quaker service:

    Edited a magazine
    Been a manager
    Been an international liason
    Organised a national residential gathering
    Organised an international residential gathering
    Been an outreach worker
    Been responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of a meeting

    Since I'd never done them before, how might I have been expected to offer to do them?

    It may well be more 'efficient' for people to self-select their Quaker service according to what else they've done in the past rather than have a nominations committee prayerfully discern talents which a person might yet recognise in themself, but is it truly in the spirit of the Quaker way of doing things?



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