QM/Ph/MM. Constituent Monthly, Preparative, and Quarterly meetings
Record Group Term
_____ 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 2 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Records of Richland Monthly Meeting, 1685-2016, include: minutes, 1743-2000 and 2007-2016; vital records, 1685-1986; women's minutes, 1743-1896; ministers and elders' minutes, 1748-1894; financial records, 1749-1829 and 1888-1993; epistles received, 1755-1817; minutes of the Richland Friends' School Committee, 1838-1916; as well as other kinds of miscellaneous papers.
Scope and Contents Records of the Hicksite preparative meeting include: Men's meeting minutes, 1845-1932; women's minutes, 1800-1896; membership lists, 1814-ca.1850.