[saymaListserv] SAYMA E-Communications Committee at YM
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Tue Jun 6 12:20:59 JEST 2006
TO: SAYMA FRIENDS
FROM: Clerk of SAYMA Ad Hoc Committee on Electronics Communication (EC
RE: Subcommittee Proposed General Statement on E-Communications
and Friends' Faith and Practice
At this point in time, there seems to be some prospect the following may be
brought before the YM this week -
PROPOSED GENERAL STATEMENT about ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS of the SOUTHERN
APPALACHIAN YEARLY MEETING and ASSOCIATION (SAYMA)
Sixth Month, 2006
Our Faith and Practice as it relates to electronic communications:
Historically, Friends have been “part of the world but not of it.” Learning
to incorporate new technology without losing our practice of Spiritual
Discernment has been part of that history.
Our experience leads us to affirm that electronic communications is not
appropriate for discernment of the Spirit and determining the “sense of the
Meeting” in our Committee and Yearly Meeting work. We are also reminded that our
Testimony of Equality speaks to the need to include those friends who do not
have access to or experience in electronic communications by providing them
with alternative means of communication.
Electronic communications can support our work in the following ways:
sharing of agendas, directions for actions, information, research and support our
ecological concerns of paper reduction.
The following practical guidelines are also recommended:
* Friends are asked to provide clear information in the subject lines,
* consider their individual input regarding volume and topic (does it
need to be sent?) and
* to be mindful that information can be in the body of the
communication rather than as attachments.
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