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.

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

Current members of the Handbook Revision Committee are Elizabeth Field, Jennifer Burrell, and Wies Schuiringa.

YM18 established Regional Meeting Liaison Friends for the Handbook Revision Committee. Handbook Revision Committee Liaison Friends (6).pdf

Here is a link to the draft revisions brought forward to YM18: B - YM18 accepted plus RM comments Chapters 2 3 4 5 draft.docx. This document incorporates comments by Regional Meetings and changes requested by various organisations and Committees, e.g. Friends School, QSA, Silver Wattle, and Publications Committee. These were not considered by YM18. Sections 2.1.0-2.3.3 were considered and approved. Regional Meeting Liaison Friends and other interested Friends are invited to review the proposed changes.