Applying For MembershipIn Boulder Friends Meeting
After you have attended Meeting for Worship for a period of time, you may come to feel that Meeting is a place where your spiritual needs are being met and your gifts can develop and be used. At that point you might consider becoming a member of Boulder Meeting. Most people contemplating membership will have also spent time in several of the following activities:
- Attending Meeting for Worship regularly
- Reading in Faith and Practice
- Becoming familiar with the history and philosophy of the Society of Friends, through reading or participating in a Quaker Studies course
- Participating in committee work
- Attending Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
The steps for membership are outlined below; be aware that they usually take three or more months to complete. Though the process may seem long or cumbersome at first glance, Friends have found that the “seasoning” the process allows is ultimately helpful to everyone.
- In order to initiate the process, you need to write a letter requesting membership and deliver it to the Clerk of the Meeting. The letter should state why you want membership in the Meeting and anything else you would like Friends to know about you. If you wish, you may suggest the names of Friends whom you would especially like to serve on your clearness committee.
- The Clerk reads the letter at the following Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business and refers it to the convener of Oversight and Membership.
- Oversight and Membership forms a clearness committee and brings suggested committee members’ names to the next Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business for approval. The purpose of this committee is to meet with you, both to help you reach clarity and to reach clarity on behalf of Meeting as to whether the Meeting is your “home.” (See description of Clearness Committee meeting.) The clearness committee is made up of at least one member of Oversight and Membership, who will act as convener, and other members of Meeting selected by Oversight and Membership. The convener will find a time and place convenient for you and the committee to meet.
- The clearness committee will meet with you one or more times until clarity is reached, and will also meet without you as part of this process. The committee has three options: (1) recommend membership, (2) recommend that a decision be deferred, or (3) recommend against membership at this point. When recommending deferral, the committee will suggest a specific course of action (such as further worship, reading, participation in Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, committee work, or longer exposure to Quaker practices) and a time for a follow-up meeting. The convener will let you know the recommendation and will report back to Oversight and Membership.
- Oversight and Membership will decide on a recommendation to bring to Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business for decision. The decision is recorded in the Meeting minutes and you will receive a letter documenting the membership minute.
- In celebration of your membership, you will receive a copy of Intermountain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice. Oversight and Membership periodically arranges a welcoming party for all new members. At the party a member of your clearness committee will introduce you.