Mt Toby Friends Meeting is run by a variety of committees, ranging from standing committees to ad hoc committees for short-term projects. The members of standing committees are proposed by the Nominating Committee and approved by the monthly Meeting for Business. Committee clerks’ names are given on the Contacts page. Click on the colored links for more information about specific commitees. These committees are as follows:
Ministry & Worship
Has under its care the meetings for worship, meetings for business (jointly with Care and Counsel}, and memorial meetings. Appoints clearness for membership committees. Presents recommendations to meeting for business on membership requests, transfers, and terminations.
Presents to the meeting for business nominations to twenty committees and eighteen individual positions.
Gives pastoral care to the Meeting and general care of the functioning of committees. Appoints committees on clearness for marriage. Appoints clearness and support committees for individuals on request.
Legally responsible for taking, holding, managing or conveying property of the Meeting.
Oversees programs of religious education and spiritual exploration for children and adults on Sundays before meeting for worship.
Supports and assists the coordinator of youth in grades 7-12, who meet for activities and discussions.
Plans programs and discussions following meeting for worship.
Fellowship & Hospitality
Coordinates refreshments after meeting for worship, and monthly fellowship lunch, and plans social events.
Coordinates budget and finances for the Meeting.
Maintains grounds adjacent to the meetinghouse and burial ground, schedules volunteer lawn mowing and work days.
History & Records
Preserves information from the past and present for the future.
Manages the meeting’s forest and farmland.
Manages the Meeting library, including book selection and displays.
Oversees the use and care of the meetinghouse.
Oversees the Burial Ground and its use.
Oversees care provided in the nursery during meeting for worship and for young children during 11 :40 Hour and meeting for business.
Brings forward and supports ways the Meeting can become more sustainable. Supports those who are led to a climate witness based on Quaker values.
Responsible for a wide range of communications at Mt. Toby
Cambodian Support Committee
Maintains contact with and provides support for the Cambodian families under the care of the Meeting in the Amherst area.
Current ad-hoc committees:
A volunteer committee formed in 2012 to plan for annual retreats, usually held in the spring, at Woolman Hill.
Immigrant Solidarity Group
The Immigrant Solidarity Group was approved in September 2017 Meeting for Business to work on behalf of Mount Toby providing support to threatened immigrants in the larger community. Activities include educational events; providing information about peaceful demonstrations of support; sharing information about legislative action; building a network of support with other immigrant support networks and faith communities; and helping Mount Toby explore the depth of commitment to again offer sanctuary for undocumented immigrants at Mount Toby Meeting. Membership is self-identified.