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Care committees are scheduled according to the needs of those who are participating. In general, they happen on weekends or weekday evenings (when most people are off work and out of school).

Group discernment is at the heart of Quaker process. It's how we do worship. It's how we make decisions as a community.

We can also use group discernment to support an individual. Care Committees involve 3-5 people. Groups meet once per month. Meetings generally last 90 minutes to two hours. Here's a simple outline of what to expect at a Care Committee gathering.

People may seek the support of a Care Committee when they are changing careers or starting school. It might be after they have received a life-changing medical diagnosis. It might be as they follow God's leading into a new area of service. Any time someone needs help staying spiritually grounded, they may request the support of a Care Committee.

If you are discerning whether or not a Care Committee is right for you, please look at Requesting a Care Committee. This page outlines the steps to take in preparation for a Care Committee. Even if you decide not to convene a Care Committee, you may find some of these questions helpful to your own discernment process.

If you'd like some guidance on how you can be a productive member of someone's Care Committee, please look at Serving on a Care Committee. This page offers advice and queries for listening well.

We don't assign a Facilitator to every Care Committee because we expect one person to be the most capable. The Facilitator plays a role: he or she is mindful of how the group is functioning as a group. Even if you are not serving as a Facilitator, please consider taking a look at Facilitating a Care Committee. Doing so may deepen your understanding of how the group can best work together.

Still have questions? Please talk to Mike.