- Recorded Minister
A Recorded Minister was originally a male or female
Quakerwho was acknowledged to have a gift of spoken ministry.
The practice of recording, in a Monthly Meeting Minute, the acknowledgement that a Friend had a gift of spoken ministry began in the 1730s in
London Yearly Meeting, according to Milligan's Biographical dictionary of British Quakers in commerce and industry Milligan's Biographical dictionary of British Quakers in commerce and industryp. 582 (Glossary)] [John Punshon says the practice of recording Ministers arose from a dispute about membership of Second Day Morning Meeting in 1772 - Punshon, John "Portrait in Grey: a short history of the Quakers" 2nd edn, London, Quaker Books (2006) ISBN 0-85245-399-X - pp. 159-162.] . The acknowledgement did not involve anything like ordinationor any payment, in view of early Friends' testimony against "Hireling Priests" [ [http://chaucer.library.emory.edu/cgi-bin/sgml2html/wwrp.pl?act=next&f=%2Fdata%2Fwomen_writers%2Fdata%2Fquaker.sgm&offset=111095&len=21247&endpos=108485&elmt=DIV1&t=Glossary-%20%20Text%20Glossary%20for%20Judith%20Boulbie. A 17th C tract against "Hireling Priests".] ] . Acknowledgement did permit the Recorded Minister to attend at Yearly Meeting and Meeting for Sufferings.
In London Yearly Meeting, the practice of recording Ministers was discontinued in 1924 [Punshon, John "Portrait in Grey: a short history of the Quakers" 2nd edn, London, Quaker Books (2006) ISBN 0-85245-399-X - pp. 159-162. Punshon discusses the cessation of the practice in LYM on page 276. He is a Recorded Minister in
Indiana Yearly Meeting] .
While many Yearly Meetings have discontinued the practice of recording ministers, it is maintained by many others. Today, Friends are recorded as ministers as an acknowledgement of a variety of ministries, including teaching, chaplaincy, and evangelical and pastoral ministry [ [http://www.nyym.org/pubs/recording/index.shtml "Recording Gifts In Ministry": pamphlet produced in 1992 by New York Yearly Meeting, as guidance for their constituent Meetings.] ] [For Chuck Fager's views on the proposal to re-establish the practice of recording, see [http://www.quaker.org/quest/ministers-1.htm "The Trouble with 'Ministers" (Undated but after Spring 2000).] ]
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