Our Co-Clerks are Julie Forsythe and Francie Marbury. You can contact them about general information about Putney Friends Meeting;
Most Quaker congregations in New England do not employ pastors or staff, but choose to operate on a hands-on, participatory, all-volunteer basis instead. Besides choosing volunteer officers such as our Trustees, Clerk, Recording Clerk, Communications Clerk, Treasurer, and Records Keeper, we also organize and conduct the work of Putney Friends Meeting through a variety of active committees. Here is an alphabetical list of our key committees:
Adult Religious Education Building and Grounds Finance and Fundraising First Day School and Childcare Library Ministry and Counsel Nominating Pastoral Care Quakers Wrestling with White Supremacy Committee Social Justice Service Committee Technology & Communications Website and Social Media
First Day School / Intergenerational Singing
Our First Day School for children program is on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Intergenerational Singing at the Meetinghouse at 10:00am will precede Meeting for Worship at 10:30 (on third Sundays at 8:30am singing precedes worship at 9:00am). Families are invited to join for the singing and then, at the beginning of worship, your child will join in with First Day School or childcare. After 45 minutes or so the children return to the Meeting for Worship. This gives them a chance to experience silent worship, practice centering themselves and to hear or voice vocal ministry. Our mission: To create a loving community of adults and children where we can experience, understand and practice Quaker Faith.
Monthly Meeting for Business:
We expect to start our monthly potluck up again soon!
Adult Religious Education:
We expect to start our ARE classes up again soon!
PFM Library Information:
PFM has several bookshelves with books, magazines, and even a few DVDs on contemplative spirituality; faith-based activism; comparative religion; Quaker history, faith, and practice; and a variety of social and environmental concerns. These Library book shelves are located in the foyer right outside of the main meeting room where we hold our meetings for worship.
All PFM members, regular attenders, and visitors are welcome to borrow books on the honor system. Just please remember the books you take out of the Library and return them in a timely manner. There are some real treasures in our Library and we are happy to share them with anyone interested in our collection. For more information on studying the Quaker Way look to the list of key books and seven half hour videos on Quaker history, faith, and practice in the right hand column on this website.
Our First Day School also has an extensive library of children’s books, curricula, resource material and books of reference in the Fellowship Room behind the PFM kitchen. While these collections are intended largely for the use of First Day School and the Meeting at large, attenders and visitors are welcome to borrow materials. Please be sure to sign your item out through the card catalog box and return it when done to the “Return Here” shelf. First Day School Committee members are happy to reshelve books.
PFM Wider Quaker Affiliations:
Putney Friends Meeting (PFM) is an active part of the larger Religious Society of Friends. We are a member of a regional association of Quakers called New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM). NEYM, in turn, is affiliated with two national associations called Friends General Conference (FGC) and Friends United Meeting (FUM). Both FGC and FUM are also associated with a global association called Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC). We are thus connected to other Quakers locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.