Handbook Revision Committee

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Handbook Revision Committee

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reviews our Handbook of Practice and Procedure in the light of Yearly Meeting decisions.


The Handbook Revision Committee ensures that decisions made at YM are reflected in the Handbook of Practice and Procedure. It receives suggested amendments from AYM Committees or Regional Meetings and brings them to a Yearly Meeting for decision and possible inclusion. It also maintains oversight of the contents of the Handbook and offers updates or requests them from the appropriate body, such as QSA, the Friends’ School or an AYM Committee. The Committee works to find the right balance between practice and guidance.

The Handbook Revision Committee works proactively to review the Handbook, to ensure is is up-to-date and accurately reflects not only our current practices, but the underlying principles which guide us in our actions and discernment. All draft revisions are subject to the discernment of Friends at Yearly Meeting and remain draft until approved by this body. However, earlier drafts may be circulated to obtain comments from Friends and to guide the Committee in what it brings forward to YM.

The incoming Handbook Revision Committee (post YM19) are Wies Schuiringa (continuing), Julie Walpole, and Bev Polzin. We hope Regional Meetings will establish new or continuing Handbook Liaison Friends to support the ongoing task.

Here is a link to our Handbook of practice and procedure (6th edition). It has been updated to reflect revisions approved by YM18. 

The revised 7th edition containing changes discerned by YM19 will be uploaded shortly. Chapter 6, which deals with the right holding of Yearly Meeting, has not yet been revised.