How are Quakers structured in Wales?
Quakers in Wales meet in local groups at a local level, in the same way that Quakers in Britain meet in local groups. Representatives from those meetings come together (less frequently) and meet as Area Meetings. There are currently three Area Meetings within Wales and a fourth which covers the borders or Marches;. Meeting of Friends in Wales is an umbrella body which is there to serve those Area Meetings and Local Meetings.
The remit of Meeting of Friends in Wales given in Quaker faith and practice:
Meeting of Friends in Wales has national responsibilities on behalf of Britain Yearly Meeting, to represent and advance the life and witness of Quakers within Wales. The meeting consists of all Friends who live in Wales or who are members in local meetings within Wales. Provision is made for members of other meetings and attenders to be present at meetings as in The responsibilities of Meeting of Friends in Wales include:
- promoting spiritual life and witness, facilitating contact between Friends of all ages, and providing opportunities for training and mutual support for those with special responsibilities, in conjunction with associated area meetings and Quaker bodies,
- representing Britain Yearly Meeting in Wales, including: the appointment of Friends to serve on Cytûn (Churches Together in Wales) and its committees (see 9.09–9.12), communication with the National Assembly for Wales, and with other public and voluntary organisations in Wales, especially those concerned with social witness, peace and interfaith;
- encouraging communication from associated area meetings on matters which in their judgement merit interchange of views (see4.18) including testimonies to the life and service of deceased Friends, discerning whether the latter be forwarded to Yearly Meeting for the benefit of the Society as a whole (see 4.27–4.30);
- responding to issues which relate to living in a bilingual society, including outreach in Wales and commissioning, translating and publishing Quaker material in the Welsh language;
- representing Wales to Britain Yearly Meeting, liaising with yearly meeting committees and departments where appropriate.
The Meeting of Friends in Wales will provide information and nominations or appointed representatives to Quaker and other bodies when required. The meeting may communicate by minute with Yearly Meeting through its agenda committee (6.18) and Meeting for Sufferings (7.04), as well as with area meetings which include parts of Wales. It also has the obligation to receive minutes from these bodies.
Meeting of Friends in Wales Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference (TOR) for committee members on the following groups:
MFW Clerkship – TOR – currently being updated
(Terms of Reference last updated Oct 2017)
Mae'r swydd hon ar gael yn Welsh hefyd