New Jersey Council of Churches

About the New Jersey Council of Churches and NYYM's Named Representatives

Contact Information

116 North Oraton Parkway, East Orange, NJ 07017

In 1974, New York Yearly Meeting approved the appointment of Friends from monthly meetings in the state of New Jersey to the New Jersey Council of Churches.

The Council consists of member religious denominations in New Jersey who act together to do what cannot be done separately. It provides a forum for addressing statewide challenges such as ministering to farmworkers, enforcement of state laws on affirmative action, expressing religious viewpoints on proposed legislation, and addressing the moral implications of public issues.

The Council is served by a professional staff working under the direction of a governing board and by three standing commissions. The latter are the Commission on Theology and Interreligious Relations, the Commission on Mission Planning and Strategy, and the Commission on IMPACT and Public Witness. Friends may serve on the governing board and on any or all of the three commissions. The Yearly Meeting is entitled to name two persons to the governing board and to each of the three commissions.

Functions of Representatives

Representatives bring Friends' testimonies and concerns to the work of the council and submit an annual written report to the Yearly Meeting.

Link to the Committee's Handbook page.

Resources for Members and Clerks of NYYM Committees

Guidelines for Committee Service—Relevant sections from the yearly meeting Handbook on committe membership and committee clerking.

Guide for Committee Clerks—A resource packet designed to make clerking a NYYM committee easier.

Coordinating Committee Timeline—A guide to the year's tasks for coorcinating committee clerks.

Accountability Queries—Queries for use by committees and the coordinating committees for considering the spiritual state of the yearly meeting's committees.

Documents & Resources