Minneapolis Friends Meeting
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, December 9, 2012
Attenders: [Names redacted for posted copy]
1. Approve November Minutes
November minutes were APPROVED.
2. Monthly Reports
Director of Ministry – by Pat Jones. No report was given this month.
Ministry & Counsel – reported by Tom Wells. A written report was submitted; see attached. Among other items, M&C committee
+ discussed how we honor our elders and encourage them to tell stories;
+ discussed the opening of a new AFSC office headed by Sharon Goens, and resolved to invite her to attend an upcoming M&C meeting. They
+ reviewed Adult Forum Worship Sharing and discussed what it means to hold someone in the light; and
+ planned a storytelling session with a suggested theme of “How does my story respond to Dakota, Ojibwe or other Native stories.” The committee
+ is planning a January 19 retreat with Worship Planning, Adult Program and Religious Education committees. They also
+ discussed how we respond to people who have signed the guest book and about people new to meeting.
3. Annual Reports
Fall Camp Committee – annual report by Ed Souther. A written report was submitted; please see attached. Ed reported that many participants expressed their enjoyment of Fall Camp this year, which included a group from Friends International Church. Upcoming points of attention include a possible new venue, financial considerations, age-appropriate programming for all attenders and acquiring two or three new committee members.
Library Committee – by Dave Bostrom. The report was held over to a future date.
4. Follow-up Issues
FNVW Holiday Fair ― a report will be given at an upcoming meeting. One Friend commented that “it was wonderful.”
Quaker Quest core group report ― A written report was submitted; see attached.
Hosting of Northern Yearly Meeting Executive Committee ― A report written by Carolyn VandenDolder was submitted; see attached. The committee met at the meetinghouse Nov. 16-18; the report thanks many Friends who provided food, services, accommodations and hospitality.
5. New Business
Mazuzah on meetinghouse doors ― Mayim Rabim has communicated interest in affixing a mazuzah at the entrances to the meetinghouse. A number of Friends expressed support for the proposal. Some Friends expressed discomfort with the idea, even with the proposal to have the mazuzah attached only when Mayim Rabim is using the building. No action was taken because it became clear that the Meeting needed more time to reflect on it. Pat said that she would communicate with Mayim Rabim about the Meeting’s ambivalence.
6. Communications and Announcements
None were reported.
Friends closed meeting for worship with attention to business with a brief period of silent worship.
Ministry and Counsel committee report
Fall Camp annual report
Quaker Quest working group report
Report on hosting of Northern Yearly Meeting Executive Committee meeting