I currently serve on my meetings Oversight Committee. We are struggling with the meaning and parameters of membership.
Specifically, what about the membership of persons who have not attended or taken part in the meeting for over a decade but who want to maintain membership because of they value their identity as a Quaker? I understand that membership in the wider world of Friends is only available through a meeting, but are we witnessing to integrity is we simply hold a paper membership? Is it enough to feel a strong identify as a Quaker? Can one truly practice Quakerism without a community to help discern leadings from ego?
Please understand, that I am not speaking of isolated Friends, but about Friends living in a City with 6 Friends meetings/churches nearby.