On Becoming a “Monthly Meeting”

In August 2002, Patapsco Friends Meeting became a “Monthly Meeting.” That’s Quaker jargon referring to the fact that we would hold “meetings for worship with a concern for business” (“business meetings” for short) once a month; we still have meeting for worship every week. It means that we are a self-contained Quaker community, no longer under the care of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. This page contains a variety of information on our experience that we hope will be helpful to both members of our community and to other meetings.

Minutes

Information on Membership

Information on our process for becoming a monthly meeting

Information on becoming a preparative meeting in 1999

In 1st month, 1999, Patapsco Friends Meeting became a “preparative meeting” under the care of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. That’s Quaker jargon which archaically refers to the idea that we prepare business for the monthly meeting. Practically speaking, it means that we held our own business meetings but were still under the care of Sandy Spring monthly meeting. Here are some items from the process of becoming a preparative meeting.

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