About Our Meeting
Chapel Hill Friends Meeting was established in 1937. It is an independent Meeting, affiliated with Piedmont Friends Fellowship, a regional group of Meetings in North Carolina, and with Friends General Conference, an international association.
All members and attenders are encouraged to come to our monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. The Business Meeting is our ultimate decision-making body. The Business Meeting, without voting, delegates responsibilities to committees, receives their reports, and acts upon them; moves on membership applications and requests for marriage under the care of the Meeting; approves the budget; and considers whatever other matters may be brought before it for decision.
Without clergy or office staff, we all share responsibility for what happens in the Meeting. Ongoing activities are for the most part carried out by committees.
The Ministry and Worship Committee is responsible for nurturing the spiritual life of the Meeting. The Care and Counsel Committee does do much of the Pastor work of the meeting. Other committees include Religious Education (Children's, Youth and Adult), Peace and Justice, Library, Publications and Records, Hospitality, Finance, Buildings and Grounds, and Nominations. Attenders who are not members are welcome to serve on all but the Ministry and Worship and the Care and Council Committees. (More detailed descriptions may be found at the Committees link at left.)
Seven of our members serve on the Board of the Carolina Friends School, which was started in 1964 by members of the Durham and Chapel Hill Meetings. One of the three Carolina Friends Early Schools (pre-school) is housed in our building. In addition, we helped to start and support the counseling work of Quaker House in Fayetteville, primarily for armed service personnel at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune.