Minneapolis Friends Meeting
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, May 8, 2011
Attending: [Names redacted for online version]
1. Approve April Minutes
April 2011 minutes were APPROVED.
2. Monthly Reports
Ministry & Counsel – David Woolley reported. A written report was submitted. Please see attached. Mary Sarto was APPROVED for membership. A welcoming committee was constituted. Marilyn Johnson agreed to convene the committee. A member of the meeting who moved away 22 years ago, Elinor Burton Cammann, died recently in Snohomish, Washington.
Sabbatical Update – Gayle McJunkin reported. A written report was submitted. Please see attached.
3. State of Society Report
A proposed State of Society report drafted by Jeannette Raymond was submitted. Please see attached. Clerk Jeannette Raymond read the report aloud. A brief period of worship was held after the reading. Friends recommended some revisions. The report is due to be submitted to Northern Yearly Meeting by May 16. A membership report will be included. A written membership report was submitted. Please see attached.
4. Annual Stewardship Report
A written report by John Kraft was submitted. Please see attached. John presented the report orally and thanked the committee members for their work.
5. Final Financial Report for 2010-2011 Fiscal Year
A written report by John Kraft was submitted. Please see attached. John presented and explained the report. Comments and questions were received from Friends. Members of Stewardship Committee were thanked for their service.
6. Winds of Change update
A written report was submitted. Please see attached. Zach White presented the report. Certain actions by monthly meeting were recommended. Clerk suggested bringing them to the relevant committees before being acted upon in meeting for business. Friends suggested that the Winds of Change committee be commissioned as a formal committee; it is presently merely ad hoc.
7. Reflection on Monthly Meeting Schedule and Process – Jeannette Raymond
Clerk noted the changes instituted in meeting for business process since September 2010. Friends were asked to consider: approach to minute taking, length of monthly meeting, quality of decision making, report format, and other issues. Friends commented. One concern expressed was that too little time is available on some occasions for a decision to be spirit-led. Clerk stated that this matter will be brought up again in June for further consideration.
8. Communications and Announcements
Numerous letters were announced and are attached. They include thanks for our financial support from Quaker Earthcare Witness, Friends School of Minnesota, Friends General Conference, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, Right Sharing of World Resources, Veterans in the Arts, and Quaker House.
Friends closed meeting for worship with attention to business with a brief period of silent worship.
ATTACHMENTS (Not included in online version)
Ministry and Counsel report for May 2011
Sabbatical Update report
Draft State of Society report
Annual Stewardship report
Final Financial Report for 2010-2011 Fiscal Year
Winds of Change report
Correspondence listed in Par. 8 above