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26 September 2008


Ways forward when there are too few people - preview

With many Quaker Meetings finding it difficult to appoint people to vital roles, Oliver Robertson looks at how two south London Meetings are responding

When Audrey Wright decided that she would stand down as clerk of Purley Local Meeting at the end of 2008, nobody else was able and willing to take over
  • But the Meeting was spiritually healthy and everyone wanted it to continue, so the question was whether it could survive clerk-free

  • Purley & Sutton AM, as part of its charitable registration, is currently appointing trustees and will then move on to agreeing a division of responsibilities with each constituent Local Meeting in the area
  • Fortuitous timing for Purley, which decided that ‘we would draw up a memorandum of understanding with our Area Meeting this year’
  • Purley still has a treasurer, committees and arrangements for spiritual and pastoral care, so the main difficulty was around Business Meetings

  • Oliver Robertson

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