Getting More Involved
After attending Meeting for Worship, to get more involved, we recommend trying the following ways of getting to know our Quaker community and practices.
Sign up for publications and announcements
Attend Adult Religious Education
Attend the discussion hour hosted by the Adult Religious Education Committee at 9:30 every Sunday morning in the University Friends Meeting Social hall. All are welcome to attend.
Attend the monthly Business Meeting
We meet monthly in a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to consider the variety of concerns that face us as a corporate body. These include such things as participation in community and world affairs and requests for membership. The Meeting for Business is guided by the Meeting Clerk and proceeds according to Quaker tradition, with no action taken unless our prayerful consideration leads us to unity.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business convenes out of silent worship around 11:30 on second Sundays and closes with an opportunity for conversation over a light lunch
Read about Quakerism
The "book of discipline" that Quakers use, called Faith & Practice, is written and published (and periodically revised) by each yearly meeting (which is comprised of multiple affiliated monthly meetings like UFM). Since UFM is affiliated with North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM), we use NPYM's Faith and Practice, available for free on the NPYM website (in both html and pdf form), for purchase in paperback ($18) from Western Friend, or in ebook form ($7-$8) for Kindle on Amazon and for ePub readers on Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
University Friends Meeting also maintains a library with a collection of over 1,400 books and other materials relevant to Quakers.
You can view our card catalog here. Currently, this catalog includes only books but will be expanded to include other materials with time. Please note that we are not using the online system for circulation so if you would like to check out a book, please come to the meeting house and visit our library.
To contact a member of the Library Committee, email the office.
Volunteer to serve on a committee
To get involved in a committee, start by filling out this line survey of what you are interested in which will help the Nominating Committee match your interests with the greatest need:
Paper copies are available in the meeting house or can be emailed upon request.
Contact Elizabeth Lunney, clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.352.8333.
Adult Religious Education
Plans First Day 9:30 a.m. discussion hours.
Arranges art shows in Meetinghouse and fosters the creative spirit in UFM.
Care and Counsel (*)
Provides pastoral care of Meeting. Oversees marriages, memorials and memberships.
A subcommittee of Care and Counsel which oversees care committees formed to assist members and attenders of Meeting.
Develops opportunities for new and longstanding members of Meeting to get to know one another and to build a strong sense of community. Sign up to host coffee and treats on Sundays here.
Consists of the Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Recording Clerk, Treasurer, and representatives of all Meeting committees. Prepares agenda for Business Meeting.
Designs religious education and activities for children and young people of the Meeting.
Maintains building and grounds. Serves as chief liaison with facilities manager and caretaker.
Works with the Treasurer to manage finances of Meeting.
Junior Friends Advisers
Work with teenagers of Meeting, approximately once a month.
Buys and keeps track of books and publications for reference and circulation.
Ascertains interests of Meeting member and attenders and consults with officers and committee clerks to recommend people to fill UFM positions.
Peace and Social Concerns
Seasons Friends’ concerns for peace and social justice and refers to Monthly Meeting. Current focus on homelessness.
Works with appropriate committees to hire employees and oversees relationship between Meeting and its paid employees.
Oversees QuEST internship program, including intern support, recruitment of agencies and interns, long-range planning and administrative support.
Works with UW Finance Office to select scholarship recipients. Disburses Educational Trust.
Worship and Ministry (*)
Fosters and strengthens the spiritual life of Meeting by nurturing Meeting for Worship and the spiritual growth of individuals in Meeting.
Worship Group Oversight
Consists of representatives of UFM and worship groups with responsibility for communications with oversight of worship groups under UFM’s care.
Officers and Representatives
Clerk (*): Conducts Meeting for Worship for Business, responsible for overall well-being of Meeting.
Recording Clerk: Prepares minutes of Meeting for Worship for Business and Coordinating Committee.
Representative to the Church Council: Represents UFM with Church Council of Greater Seattle.
Representative to NPYM (North Pacific Yearly Meeting) Steering Committee: Participates in decision-making for North Pacific Yearly Meeting, report to/from UFM; meets 3 Saturdays in Portland, meets twice at Annual Session in August.
Representative to NPYM Ministry and Oversight (*): Requires experience with Worship and Ministry/Oversight. Meets once in May plus works during Annual Session during August.
Representative to PNQM (Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting) Continuing Committee: Conducts ongoing work of Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting, reports to/from UFM; meets at Quarterly Meeting in September and April and once in winter.
Representative to FCWPP (Friends Committee on Washington State Public Policy): FCWPP lobbies for Quaker concerns. Meets at Quarterly Meeting in September and April and once in late fall.
Contact for FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation): Facilitates communication between UFM and Friends Committee on National Legislation regarding national issues of concern to Quakers; serves ex officio on Peace and Social Concerns Committee.
Contact for AFSC (American Friends Service Committee): Facilitates communication between UFM and American Friends Service Committee regarding issues of peace and justice; ex officio on Peace and Social Concerns Committee.
NOTE: * = Must be a member of Religious Society of Friends to serve in these positions.
Attend the regional quarterly and yearly meetings
North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM)
University Friends Meeting is part of Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM), which includes Friends Meetings in Washington and Northern Idaho. The Quarterly Meeting gathers twice a year, in the spring and autumn.
Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting, along with Montana Quarterly Meeting and Willamette Quarterly Meeting (Oregon), make up North Pacific Yearly Meeting. NPYM is not affiliated with any national organization of yearly meetings. NPYM meets once a year, usually in July, for fellowship and business.
For more information about NPYM or the Monthly Meetings and Quarterly Meetings which are part of NPYM visit their website at North Pacific Yearly Meeting.
Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)
Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting of Meetings and worship groups meets in the Fall and Spring of each year at the Lazy F Camp, near Ellensburg in Central Washington. The program begins on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday. Responsibility for planning and registration rotates among the Monthly Meetings of the Quarter. Forms and more information are available at the University Friends Meeting by the office and by visiting the PNQM website.
Lazy F Camp, site of Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)
Regions of the North Pacific Yearly Meeting
If you find our community a good fit with your religious needs, we recommend you become a member.