Committees at Hartford Monthly Meeting

The work of the Meeting is carried out by a number of committees. Some of them are described below.

Peace & Social Concerns

The Peace and Socials Concerns Committee implements decisions made by the Meeting with regard to peace and social justice issues. It considers and presents to the Meeting current peace and social concerns and activities and, when appropriate, recommends actions for the Meeting’s consideration. Individual members of the committee also represent the Meeting in organizations and projects that are involved in peace and social justice activities, such as the Alternatives to Violence Program. Generally the Committee alternates each month between a committee meeting and an evening program open to the Meeting and the wider community. 

Areas of Committee Work:

  • Recommending to Finance Committee the Meeting's contributions to the "wider concerns" budget.

  • Allocation of funds from the community outreach budget, to relevant organizations and projects in which Meeting members participate.

  • Promoting contributions from Meeting members to charitable local and international relief programs.

  • Providing information on the draft and conscientious objector counseling.

  • Support of work in the prisons.

  • A local Alternatives to Violence group (AVP)

  • A local Help Increase the Peace Project (HIPP)

  • A Hartford Meeting Voluntary Carbon Tax Witness group. For more detailed information: Voluntary Carbon Tax Witness.

  • The Committee also supports the work of other local, national and international groups. Presently the committee or committee members are active with:

Worship And Ministry Committee

This committee aims to foster the spiritual life and growth of the Meeting, and to enhance the religious life and fellowship of members and attenders. It has under its care meeting for worship, meeting for business, and memorial meetings in conjunction with the Memorial Committee. The committee considers applications for membership (appointing committees on clearness to meet with applicants), and appoints committees on clearness for marriage, and transfer and terminations of membership before presenting them to meeting for business with its recommendations. 

 Pastoral Care Committee

As a religious community, the Meeting is responsible for the well being of its members and attenders. “Pastoral care” is an outward manifestation of the spiritual lives of the Meeting’s members who continue to listen to the Spirit, to each other, and to the meeting community, as they seek to grow in their capacity to love and care for each other. The Pastoral Care Committee’s responsibility is the particular stewardship of outreach, concern and care for those in special need. This might include illness, bereavement, loss, change, separation and divorce, and other life challenges. It strives to fulfill its responsibilities and care from a loving center. The Pastoral Care Committee has care of the overall needs of the meeting community that are not related directly to meeting for worship. It strives to take action from a sense of abundance rather than scarcity. Those who have a personal or family concern may contact any member of the Pastoral Care committee whose pictures and names are on the Pastoral Care Bulletin Board.