Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

1600 5th St., NW (PO Box 25462) , Albuquerque, NM 87125-5462

(505) 843-6450

oversight & counsel/membership committee

The Role of O & C


 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. 

Contacting O & C/Prayer Circle


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

You may speak directly to or request an email response from any of the following 2019

O & C Members:

Carol Merrill 
Joan Bowden 
Judy Hayes 
Pushpa Knottenbelt 
Tanny Morse

Alison Nylund, Clerk

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    

 Advices and Queries?

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:

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.

How a Clearness committee saved my life

 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.

Submitted by:   Tanny Morse