[saymaListserv] IMP^o^ 144 Census 2002

Mary Calhoun moriah at preferred.com
Tue Jun 4 23:58:29 JEST 2002


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IMP ^o^ Bulletin 144
Worksheet for 2002 Census
for FWCC
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please send results by 6/16/02
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(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
                -- 276-628-5852

<|>     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
           SAF subscriptions.
       -- 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


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<|>      Name of your MM/PM/WG __________

<|>      Person to contact if the office has questions:  ________
                    phone ________
                    e-mail, if available ________
                    address ________

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<|>    **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
            yearly meeting."
        -- SAYMA follows the practice of membership being in MMs,
            but not in PMs and WGs.  To avoid counting a person twice
            within SAYMA:

            Monthly Meetings
                ~ 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
                    is normal.
                ~ 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) [1] attending a SAYMA PM/WG ,
            [2] attending another SAYMA MM,
            [3] attending in another YM, or
            [4] 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!

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*Notes  -- situations in which a member of your MM
             might not be attending it
[1] attends SAYMA PM/WG = members of your MM
    attending a SAYMA PM/WG
[2] attends another SAYMA MM  = members of your MM
    attending another SAYMA MM
[3] attends in another YM = members of your MM
    attending a MM/PM/WG in another yearly meeting
[4] non-attending, rarely-attending = members of your MM,
    but rarely attend it, or never attend any meeting

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