The Oversight and Counsel Committee (O & C) helps the Meeting respond to the spiritual and personal needs of those affiliated with the meeting. Examples may include a clearness committee for the individual with personal and spiritual needs, a care committee for the person temporarily home bound, or sometimes help for Friends in financial need. O&C also has an active prayer circle whereby an individual may request prayers, and a monthly brown-bag discussion group for seniors on aging with grace.
You may contact an O & C member regarding a request by sending an email the Webmaster and she will be sure to have an O & C member contact you as soon as possible. There will be no need to divulge the nature of your request. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may speak directly to or request an email response from any of the following 2020
O & C Members:
How an O & C Committee Helps:
Scroll down to read a personal testimonial from a Member’s experience in requesting and receiving a Care Committee from O & C.
O & C also facilitates Clearness Committees for Membership.
As nothing of the meeting is for “members only,” what is the significance of becoming a member and how is it done?
Membership is an outward sign of one's personal involvement with others in the Meeting; of a commitment to the sharing of loving care and responsibility with and for the Meeting.
When a person finds affirmative answers to the following kinds of questions, he/she/they may contact the clerk of Oversight and Counsel, who will provide guidance on the simple membership procedure:
Has the Meeting for Worship in silence become an essential part of my life?
How do I respond to the challenges of the Quaker
Am I prepared to take on one of the jobs which are essential to a group that has no paid clerk or helpers?
Am I willing to be a friend, in the broadest sense of the word, to other people in the Meeting?
The one question that attenders are encouraged to avoid asking is, “Am I good enough to be a Quaker?”
In order to access support or request a Clearness Committee for Membership, please reach out to any member of Oversight and Counsel at: email@example.com
Already a Member of another Monthly Meeting?
Anyone who already has membership in another Quaker meeting may request a transfer of membership to Albuquerque's Monthly Meeting. Simply contact the O & C clerk (Alison Nylund) to begin the process. firstname.lastname@example.org
A Clearness Committee literally changed my life.
Suddenly confronted with an overwhelming family-wide crisis, I found myself with several urgent needs. I needed help and advice, to move from the house I owned, and ongoing visits with a professional. But finding a counselor would take time, as therapists in Albuquerque who take Medicare are scarce. And the limited equity I had in my house made my future living options look bleak.
I asked for a Clearness Committee, and four or five people met with me once a week for almost two months. One member had information that led me to the place I’m living in now, a beautiful and affordable co-op townhouse.
Given enough time, I connected with a counselor, and when the Clearness Committee disbanded I was able to report that my house was sold, my new place acquired, and I had someone to see regularly for as long as I needed.
I will always be grateful for the help I received, and I advise anyone in a crisis to ask Oversight and Counsel for a Clearness Committee.