Because Friends believe that no clergyman, no intercessor, no liturgy, or ritual is required to experience the Divine Presence, we have traditionally rejected the notion of a paid clergy. Instead, we believe we are all called to be ministers and are mutually responsible for the spiritual nurture of the Meeting and the running of Meeting affairs. To do the necessary business of the Meeting and to provide the structures within which our ministry can take place, members and attenders are encouraged to contribute directly to the life of the Meeting by participating in one or more of our committees or by agreeing to be appointed to an unpaid position of responsibility.
Here are short descriptions of our Goose Creek Committees. You can reach the clerk or co-clerk of a committee by clicking on his or her name.
Ministry and Oversight
Peggy King (co-Clerk)
Carolyn Unger (co-Clerk)
The Ministry & Oversight Committee is comprised of seasoned Friends who oversee both the spiritual nurture of the Meeting and its material concerns. The committee organizes and facilitates adult religious education sessions, provides guidance for couples seeking to marry under the care of Goose Creek Meeting, and is often the point of contact for inquiries from the public at large. M & O also arranges Clearness Committees for prospective members and for members and attenders who request help in finding resolution to a personal problem or challenge.
Bill Cochran (co-Clerk)
Caroline Pelton (co-Clerk)
The Burying Ground Committee cares for the Meeting’s three burying grounds – Goose Creek, South Fork, and Waterford – and reaches out in compassion to people who have lost friends and family members and who are in need of our services.
Jed Shilling (Clerk)
The Finance Committee works to assure the security and sufficiency of Meeting’s financial basis, including proper fundraising, resource management, and transparency.
Jackie Kosbob (Clerk)
The Camping Committee educates meeting families about Baltimore Yearly Meeting camps and encourages the children of these families to attend them. We believe that camp is a life changing and life affirming experience. We also feel that this is in many ways where we “grow our Quakers.” Many of the young people who attend BYM’s camps go on to be involved with Quakerism as adults with their own children following in their path, attending these camps generation after generation.
Carolyn Unger (Clerk)
The Archive Committee works to keep Goose Creek’s rich history intact, continuing the thread from our forebears into the future. Quakers in this community were and continue to be peace keepers and caretakers, living our testimonies. The preserved archives teach us and remind us to carry these beliefs forward into the present and beyond. Introducing newcomers and our children to the history is an important path to this end. The committee also plans various meeting celebrations of historic landmark events.
Hospitality & Housekeeping
Sara Brown (co-Clerk)
Rich Weidner (co-Clerk)
The Hospitality & Housekeeping Committee organizes hospitality for after Meeting for Worship and for other events at the Meetinghouse. These include potlucks, Easter breakfast, the annual Christmas celebration, and memorial services.
Jeanne Smith (Clerk)
The Outreach Committee seeks ways for our Meeting to interact with the wider community and to ensure that people seeking a faith community know about Goose Creek and the Quaker Way.
Anne-Marie Pecha (Clerk)
The Library Committee seeks to feed the spiritual needs of Goose Creek members and attenders by maintaining the Goose Creek library with its extensive collection of books, pamphlets and DVDs devoted to Quakerism, Quaker history, and Quaker concerns – peace, the environment and sustainable living, and social justice.
Chuck Hedges (co-Clerk)
Sue McCollum (co-Clerk)
The Meeting Cares Committee offers care and support, physically and spiritually, to our Goose Creek community in many ways, including phone calls, cards, visits, meals, transportation, errands, and tokens of our love.
Peace & Social Concerns
Sheila Kryston (co-Clerk)
Will McCabe (co-Clerk)
The Peace and Social Concerns Committee strives to represent Goose Creek Friends Meeting by seeking equality, justice, harmony, understanding and reconciliation, and nurturing peace in ourselves, our community, and our world. The committee identifies and promotes initiatives in which Friends can become involved in order to further each Friend’s search for these aspects of community.
Brian Burgher (co-Clerk)
Bill Cochran (co-Clerk)
The Property Committee maintains the Goose Creek property – the Meetinghouse, Oakdale School, and the surrounding landscape. It oversees all repairs and renovations and liaises with local authorities to ensure that the meeting abides by local ordinances while also remaining true to our historical legacy.
Nancy Uram (Clerk)
The Publications Committee produces a monthly newsletter which includes the queries of the month, notes from the Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, upcoming events being held by Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and several other groups, including the Friends Wilderness Center, Friends General Conference, Loudoun Interfaith Bridges, and various committees within our Meeting. A calendar of upcoming events is also included in each edition as well as notices of births, deaths, and changes of address. The Publications Committee also oversees the website.
Maria Nicklin (Clerk)
The RE Committee strives to provide the youth of Goose Creek Friends Meeting with interesting and useful First Day School lessons, activities, and extracurricular experiences that provide them with a thorough understanding of Quakerism (past and present) and equips them with ways to let their lives speak and guidance to live a life informed by Quakerism’s core values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship – as well as gratitude. We want Goose Creek Friends of all ages to say, “Our First Day School is the best! We love being part of it!”
Unity With Nature
Debbi Sudduth (co-Clerk)
Martha Mason Semmes (co-Clerk)
The Unity with Nature Committee provides a deeply reflective forum for the expression of our spiritual connection with the natural world. We act locally on behalf of Goose Creek Monthly Meeting on projects rising from and supported by the collective spirit of the committee, and we encourage Friends and others to educate themselves and take action concerning the care and restoration of the natural world locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
Goose Creek Scholarship Committee
Joey Coburn (Clerk)
The GC Scholarship Committee administers a program that awards scholarships to college and trade school students from our meeting and local community. Funds for the program are drawn from the Mabel and Arthur Lybolt Fund, the Thomas Brown Scholarship Fund, the Annie Bridges Gibson Scholarship Fund, and the Edward Nichols Charitable Trust.