In 2001, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee revised its purpose statement and information for the handbook. The revisions were approved by the Meeting. In 2004, the committee proposed further revisions of their purpose statement. These revisions consisted primarily in the incorporation of Earth Care Concerns into the name and mission of the committee. The revised Purpose statement of the Committee is as follows: The Peace and Social Justice and Earth Care Concerns Committee supports the life of the Meeting with regard to its witness on peace, social justice and care of the earth by serving as a link between the Meeting and individual Friends, other Quaker bodies and kindred organizations, and the larger society. Further revisions to the committee’s purpose statement are contained in the following handbook content. These proposed revisions will be presented to the Handbook Committee and the Meeting for Business for comment, changes, and approval.
Care of the individual:
The Committee supports and develops the leadings of individuals in the Meeting with regard to peace, social justice and earth care issues. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Communicating to the Meeting a clearly defined process for responding to the concerns and leadings of individual Friends.
- Inviting, encouraging, and monitoring the concerns and leadings of individual Friends.
- Convening and overseeing clearness committees to help individuals sort out their concerns and leadings through a process of discernment.
- Convening and overseeing support committees to provide practical advice, assistance, and resource coordination to individuals who are actively pursuing clear leadings.
- Networking among individuals and groups both within and beyond the Meeting that are focusing on similar issues.
- Providing a mechanism for discerning when an individual leading has taken on a corporate focus.
Care of the Meeting:
The Committee supports and develops the Meeting’s corporate peace, social justice and earth care witness. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Providing periodic updates of the Meeting’s involvement in peace, social justice and earth care issues.
- Educating the Meeting about current peace, social justice and earth care issues through maintaining a bulletin board and display space, preparing announcements and reports for Meeting for Business, and organizing Second Hour presentations and discussions.
- Informing the Meeting about issues that develop out of leadings and actions of individual members and attenders.
- Discerning patterns among individual members and attenders that may be indicative of a corporate leading.
- Developing and overseeing a process through which the Meeting can discern corporate leadings, including the preparation of draft minutes for consideration by Meeting for Business.
- Overseeing the development of corporate leadings, including collecting and disseminating relevant information, convening task forces and committees to pursue Meeting involvement, taking direct action, organizing events, and laying down such concerns.
- Appointing liaisons to wider Quaker bodies such as Friends Committee on National Legislation, American Friends Service Committee, and Quaker Earthcare Witness to assure that relevant concerns of EFM are brought to the attention of these groups and that issues these groups wish to have communicated to Friends are brought to the attention of EFM.
- Each July appointing a representative to the Camp and Conference Fund Committee and to the Friendly Hand Fund Committee.
- Each October preparing and submitting an annual budget to the Treasurer.
- Each autumn nominating and awarding an annual Peace Award to recognize the contribution to peace, social justice or care of the earth by an individual or organization.