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QM/Ph/MM. Constituent Monthly, Preparative, and Quarterly meetings

 Record Group Term
Identifier: QM/Ph/MM
_____ MONTHLY MEETING _____ The basic unit of Quaker administration, which holds regular monthly business meetings. Only members can participate. It has responsibility for care of members, authorizes removals and marriages, maintains discipline, considers the queries, manages meeting property, fosters social concerns, and reports regularly to the quarterly meeting. _____ PREPARATIVE MEETING _____ A regularly-organized business meeting of a single congregation which prepared business to be presented to the monthly meeting. The scope of business as recorded in its minutes was normally limited to responses to queries and matters of property and school oversight. _____ QUARTERLY MEETING _____ Meetings for business held four times per year, attended by representatives of all monthly meetings in a region. It is an intermediary between the monthly and yearly meeting, serves as an appellate body for disciplinary matters, and considers problems too large for a local meeting to solve. A quarterly meeting holds the authority to establish or discontinue a monthly, preparative, or particular meeting for worship. It collects financial assessments from each monthly meeting in accordance with the quota established by the yearly meeting.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Greenwich Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-G730
Scope and Contents Records of Greenwich Monthly Meeting, 1677-1998, as follows: pre-Separation, Hicksite, Orthodox and United minutes since 1784; registers of births and deaths, 1677-1987; marriage and membership records, 1784-1994; removals, 1787-1899; Orthodox women's meeting minutes, 1814-1893; Orthodox ministers and elders meeting minutes, 1828-1904; Orthodox financial records, 1907-1939.

Greenwich Preparative Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-G740
Scope and Contents Records of Greenwich Preparative Meeting, 1817-1952, include: minutes of the Hicksite men's meeting and joint sessions, 1841-1948; minutes of the Orthodox men’s meeting, 1823-1874; women’s meeting minutes, 1807-1816; Hicksite women's meeting minutes, 1850-1890; Orthodox women’s meeting minutes, 1817-1884; and treasurer's account book, 1884-1953.

Maurice River Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-M380
Scope and Contents Records of the pre-Separation and Hicksite meetings, 1728-1854, include: minutes of the men's meeting, 1804-1828; women's meeting minutes, 1833-1854; ministers and elders' minutes, 1830-1854; birth and death records, 1728-1854; abstract of births and deaths, 1728-1912; and marriage records, 1805-1844.