Resources

Intervisitation Resources and Links

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None of the resources listed below has been prepared specifically with this intervisitation program in mind. So not all aspects of them apply, but each may contain information and ideas that are helpful. Use what is helpful; this list is not intended to overwhelm you! As it is, this is a partial list. This list is still under development. We welcome your suggestions. Use our contact form.

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Intervisitation

Quotations on Intervisitation

  • “Intervisitation has been crucial in preserving Friends’ identity as a religious community, and the simple wish to be among other Friends, to learn their experience of God, to share one’s own experience, and to strengthen in that way the bonds of love among us is motive enough for Friends to travel to other meetings.” Friends’ Tradition of Travel, Gordon Browne
  • “I believe that much could be accomplished by carefully planned intervisitation. There are highly gifted persons in a few meetings, who ought to circulate much more than is now the case. Their absence occasionally from their own meeting would throw the sense of responsibility on other members of it, which would have a wholesome effect, and they would bring fresh life and inspiration where they visited.” Rufus M. Jones, 1941
  • “Visitors are especially valuable to isolated Friends and small worship groups and meetings. Visitation lets them know that what they do is important because faithful worship has ultimate, cosmic significance. It also reminds isolated Friends that they are part of a larger religious tradition and community. Visits help small groups shape and strengthen their sense of identity, and can encourage and strengthen their intentionality.” Martha Paxson Grundy, “Christ Teaching Us,” in Walk Worthy of Your Calling, p. 134.
  • “As one person put it, ‘My home felt blessed for several days after your group had been here.’ Perhaps holding an opportunity in a home is the Quaker equivalent to taking the sacrament into the home and offering the elements of Holy Communion there. If this be true, then the Quaker sacrament is nothing more nor less than one person offering the whole self to God in the presence of another person.” William Taber, “Opportunities,” in Walk Worthy of Your Calling, p. 118.
  • “The spiritual life of the Society of Friends has long been nourished by visitation outside one’s own Meeting. Such visitation may be thought of by the visitor as ‘casual,’ or as ‘concerned.’ A casual visit should have some motive of concern-concern with the deepest values of friendship, of fellowship, and the life of the Spirit. Whether or not motivated by special mission, the visits of those who come in love and fellowship are likely to enrich those involved, and indeed the life of the Society.” Faith and Practice, New England Yearly Meeting, p. 264.

Clearness Committees

Background Information on FUM concern

  • “Information Packet on Friends United Meeting’s Policy of Discrimination and Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Response with Pertinent Historical Events and Issues,” July 1, 2004. This is not available on the web. Copies may be in the libraries of BYM meetings. It may also available from the BYM office. 301-774-7663, bym@bym-rsf.org .
  • BYM’s webpage on the FUM Policy Concern –
    http://www.bym-rsf.org/quakers/FUMPolicy.shtml (link out of date)
  • Intervisitation committee mission statement
  • For BYM’s 2004 epistle on the concern, see
    http://intervisitation.bym-rsf.net/files/2011/11/FUM-Epistle.pdfl
  • BYM Ad Hoc Committee on Gender and Sexual Diversity Concerns
    http://gender.bym-rsf.net/
  • You will also get some of the history by looking at the minutes from interim meetings and annual sessions. The event that precipitated the concern occurred in 2002, so you should find relevant excerpts from the 2002 annual sessions on.
    http://www.bym-rsf.org/quakers/pubs/minutes/minutes.shtml (link out of date)