Committees & Positions
How We Do the Work
Every Quaker meeting is governed by volunteer officers, clerks and committee members. Most of these positions are filled through our Nominating Committee and then approved by our Business Meeting. The officers of the meeting are: the Presiding Clerk of Meeting, the Recording Secretary, and the Treasurer. The following are the names and descriptions of South Seattle Friends Meeting's working committees. If you have an interest in serving on any of the committees, contact the clerk of the Nominating Committee, or the clerk of Meeting.
Arrangements Committee takes care of the Meeting's logistics. We communicate with the Central Area Senior Center, our landlord. We recruit, train and schedule volunteers to open, set up, greet and close worship, set up the Zoom equipment, and clean up and lock the building each First Day (Sunday). We maintain the directory and the email list. We communicate with the Executive Secretary of North Pacific Yearly Meeting in providing census information about our meeting.
Community Spiritual Life
Community Spiritual Life Committee cares for the members of Meeting and for the quality of our worship. We act on requests for care and clearness committees, including marriage and membership. We also sponsor adult religious education, the annual retreat, and the meeting for remembering. Finally, we act on requests for funds for attending Friends’ gatherings, for following a leading, and for emergency financial aid.
Education Committee runs the religious education programs for children in our meeting. We buy and maintain art materials and toys, research and teach various Quaker-based curricula and recruit, train and schedule teachers and volunteers.
Finance Committee works with our Treasurer to oversee the business side of SSFM—managing reserve funds, paying expenses and facilitating our corporate giving.
Nominating Committee fills the slate of officers and committees needed for our Meeting to function, trying to fit the needs of SSFM with the wishes and abilities of our members and attenders to serve.
The Uprooting Racism Committee is an exception to our normal practice. It is an ad hoc committee that focuses on addressing emerging antiracism activities. The Nominating Committee does not name members. All who are interested in the work of racial justice are welcome to attend.