[saymaListserv] IMP^o^ 144 Census 2002
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Tue Jun 4 23:58:29 JEST 2002
IMP ^o^ Bulletin 144
Worksheet for 2002 Census
please send results by 6/16/02
(This is an e-mail version of the
"tall" white worksheet mailed in March '02.)
<|> Reporting options -- return a paper form by mail
-- respond by e-mail
<|> Please report your census results to the SAYMA office
-- AdminAsst at sayma.org
-- PO Box 2191, Abingdon VA 24212-2191
<|> Why we do this -- SAYMA is asked every year by Friends World
Committee for Consultation (FWCC) to give them a census count.
<|> FWCC is a Quaker consultative organization, established in
1937, with the role of enabling 320,000 Friends and their yearly
meetings in 70+ countries to work cooperatively. Its goals include
being a channel of communication, and promoting understanding of
diversities among Friends. Its activities include being Friends'
voice at the UN, with status there as a Non-Governmental Organization.
<|> Please note:
-- This census is not meant as a basis for assessments or
-- Only the counts in question 5 about members and regular
attenders will go to FWCC.
-- Questions 1-4 and the "other yearly meeting" count are for
SAYMA's perspective on itself.
<|> If you have any questions or problems, please feel free
to contact the office. Thank you for your help with this
project! -- Mary Calhoun, Administrative Assistant
<|> Name of your MM/PM/WG __________
<|> Person to contact if the office has questions: ________
e-mail, if available ________
<|> **Question 1: Reporting period**
[ ] (a) Jan '01 - Dec '01
[ ] (b) Jun '01 - May '02
[ ] (c) other (please specify) ___________
<|> **Directions for Questions 2-4**
-- These questions are about your Monthly Meeting (MM),
Preparative Meeting (PM), or Worship Group (WG).
-- Please put Xs in the boxes [ ], or a number or a few
words at the blanks, to give your answers.
-- If your count for an item is "none,"
please put 0 (zero).
-- If a question doesn't apply to your group,
please put "n/a."
-- If you don't have the information needed to answer,
please put "d/k" (don't know).
-- If you don't routinely collect the information
asked for, please put "d/c" (don't collect).
<|> **Question 2: "Member"**
In the Friends' manner of speaking, "member" and "regular attender"
commonly have distinctive meanings. In the past, SAYMA has not given
particular significance to the distinction between members and
attenders. The meaning of "members," whether they're distinguished
from "regular attenders," and the Quaker meaning of these words, are
matters for the meetings and worship groups to discern.
For this question, please state:
(a) Do you make a distinction between "members" and
"regular attenders?" [ ]yes [ ]no
(b) If you make a distinction, does becoming a member consist of
going through a procedure described in A Guide to Our
Faith & Our Practice? [ ]yes [ ]no
(c) If you make a distinction in some other way, please state
briefly what distinguishes members and regular attenders in
your group. _________
<|> **Question 3: "Regular Attender"**
(a) In your MM/PM/WG, does this mean (approximately):
"one who comes to meeting often, but hasn't become a member
through a procedure described in SAYMA's Guide to Faith &
Practice ?" [ ]yes [ ]no
(b) If not, please state briefly what you mean by
"regular attender." ____________
<|> **Question 4: Count of Events**
How many of each of the following EVENTS
occurred in your MM/PM/WG in the time period you gave above?
(a) Marriage or ceremony of commitment,
under your MM's care,
of a member or attender at your meeting _____
(b) Marriage or ceremony of commitment,
NOT under your meeting's care,
of a member or attender at your MM/PM/WG _____
(c) Marriage or ceremony of commitment,
under your MM's care,
of a couple NOT regularly attending the meeting _____
(d) Birth or adoption of a child
to/by parent(s) attending your meeting _____
(e) Death of a member/attender
at your MM/PM/WG _____
(f) Friend attending your MM/PM/WG
transferred membership TO your meeting or caring meeting _____
(g) Friend formerly attending your MM/PM/WG
transferred membership OUT OF your meeting or caring meeting
(h) Attender at your MM/PM/WG
became a member of your meeting or caring meeting _____
(i) New attender began coming regularly
to your MM/PM/WG _____
(j) Regular attender stopped attending your MM/PM/WG _____
<|> **Directions for Question 5**
-- This question is about individuals in your MM/PM/ WG.
-- For THIS count, a "regular attender" is "one who comes to
meeting often, but hasn't become a member of a SAYMA MM
through a procedure described by SAYMA's Guide to Faith &
Practice, and isn't a member of a meeting in another
-- SAYMA follows the practice of membership being in MMs,
but not in PMs and WGs. To avoid counting a person twice
~ Members of SAYMA MMs need to be counted by the
MMs of which they are members.
~ Please count members of your MM even if for some
reason they don't attend it (see *Notes). This
may cause your count to be bigger than what you
think of as your "meeting size;" this is normal.
~ Please count separately any members of non-SAYMA MMs.
~ If you don't distinguish between "members" and
"regular attenders," please answer question (a) OR
(c), but NOT both.
Preparative Meetings and Worship Groups
~ Members of SAYMA MMs need to be counted by those
meeting. This may cause your count to be smaller
than what you think of as your "PM/WG size;" this
~ Even if you don't distinguish between "members" and
"regular attenders," please mark counts ONLY for
(c) regular attenders who are not members of any
MM anywhere, and (b) members of non-SAYMA MMs.
~ name of caring Meeting, if any _____________
-- Please count each person only once!
If you count a person as a "regular attender," please do not
also count her/him as a "member."
<|> **Question 5: Count of Individuals**
(a) (for MMs only)
How many members of your MM are:
-- adults who come frequently to meeting? ____
-- under 18 and frequently come to meeting? ____
-- (any age)  attending a SAYMA PM/WG ,
 attending another SAYMA MM,
 attending in another YM, or
 non- or rarely-attending? ____
Add these up to get: total members of your MM ____
(b) How many people coming often to your MM/PM/WG are members of a
MM in another YM, are NOT members of a SAYMA MM, and are:
-- adults? ____
-- under 18? ____
Add these up to get: total members of MM(s) in other YM(s) ____
(c) how many of the regular attenders at your MM/PM/WG are NOT
members of any MM anywhere, and are:
-- adults? ____
-- under 18? ____
Add these up to get:
total of regular attenders at your MM/PM/WG____
(d) Copy your subtotals from above:
members of your MM _____
members of MM in another YM _____
regular attenders _____
Add these to get: Total individuals ______
This number should roughly approximate what you think of as your
"MM/PM/WG size." If it's very different, please go back to see if
you left someone out, or counted some f/Friends twice!
*Notes -- situations in which a member of your MM
might not be attending it
 attends SAYMA PM/WG = members of your MM
attending a SAYMA PM/WG
 attends another SAYMA MM = members of your MM
attending another SAYMA MM
 attends in another YM = members of your MM
attending a MM/PM/WG in another yearly meeting
 non-attending, rarely-attending = members of your MM,
but rarely attend it, or never attend any meeting
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