The Meeting for Sufferings agenda is planned by Meeting for Sufferings Arrangements Group, usually about a month before each meeting. It helps if minutes reach the Group by the dates indicated below. Minutes received after this date might be included in the agenda, but it cannot be guaranteed.

In the experience of Arrangements Group, concerns which have been tested more slowly and thoroughly at area meeting will be better dealt with at Meeting for Sufferings.

To help this, we offer guidance, drawing on Quaker faith & practice (offsite link), especially sections 4.19, 8.11-13 and 13.09-18.

We ask that when a minute is forwarded the clerk makes sure that the information listed below is sent, either within the minute or attached alongside it. Some of these points may be answered easily but some may need time for testing, including for information to be gathered and considered, and for Friends to listen to leadings.

Concerns

It is helpful to know how the concern has been tested:

  • What experiences have led to this concern and how is it being addressed locally?
  • What commitment has the Meeting made?
  • Has a central or standing committee, or Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) staff been consulted?

Please attach any supporting documents or minutes.

'Our faith in the future'

Please explain how the concern will help us to work towards Meeting for Sufferings' vision 'Our faith in the future'. Find out more about Our faith in the future.

Linking concerns to faith

What is the faith basis of the concern? It helps when the sending meeting makes explicit the connection with our faith. It is important for this to be explained more fully than by a brief reference to Quaker testimonies. As well as knowing how we are called to act, it is helpful to understand how our faith leads or pushes us in this direction.

Sending meetings are also asked to make it clear what is distinctively Quaker about the concern and the way we might be called to act. Before sending the minute please test whether and why we might be called to act alone, or whether it would be better to join with other groups that are taking similar action.

What is the intention?

Please send information about what action(s) are hoped for - for example:

  • to inform Meeting for Sufferings and Quakers throughout Britain about a locally-held concern?
  • to test an emerging concern?
  • to lead to action – if so, what action and who might act?

Timing

If it is important that the item reaches Meeting for Sufferings speedily, please tell us and explain why.

Which body is sending the minute?

These bodies may communicate formally by minute with Meeting for Sufferings:

  • Area meetings
  • General Meeting for Scotland
  • the Meeting of Friends in Wales
  • Six Weeks Meeting
  • Young Friends General Meeting
  • Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees
  • The standing committees appointed by Yearly Meeting or Meeting for Sufferings.

Other groups are welcome to contact the Meeting for Sufferings clerks informally.

Meeting dates and deadlines for forwarding a minute

If your area meeting decides to forward a minute to Meeting for Sufferings you will find it helpful to refer to the dates of forthcoming meetings:

2017

4 February - send minutes by Sunday 11 December 2016

1 April - send minutes by Sunday 5 March 2017

3 June - send minutes by Thursday 4 May 2017

7 October - send minutes by Sunday 10 September 2017

2 December - send minutes by Thursday 2 November 2017

Contact us

Juliet Prager, Deputy Recording Clerk
Tel: 020 7663 1101
Email: sufferings@quaker.org.uk
Address: Meeting for Sufferings
Friends House
173 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BJ