Resident Couple Wanted 2024-2026
RESIDENT COUPLE WANTED
Aloha! Honolulu Friends Meeting (HFM) seeks two seasoned Friends as Resident Couple (RC) for a two year term, from August 2024-August 2026. The role of the Resident Couple of HFM is to support the spiritual life and social life of the Meeting. Duties include maintaining a welcoming presence for Friends and guests, and ensuring the upkeep, cleanliness, safety, and security of the meetinghouse and grounds, including a few guest rooms (if pandemic conditions allow reopening).
HFM is a midsize Friends Meeting with about 35 members and attenders at weekly worship (pre-pandemic), and 75 in our membership rolls. Our meetinghouse is located in a residential neighborhood near the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We are part of Pacific Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference. RC are under the supervision of the HFM Care & Counsel committee. We encourage RC to take time to learn about Hawaii's unique history and peoples and be good listeners.
RESIDENT CARETAKERS' RELATIONSHIP TO THE MEETING
With each new two-year term and set of new Residents (RC), who bring fresh Quaker perspectives to the Meeting, the Honolulu Friends Meeting community is enriched. RC participation within the life of the Meeting differs, based on the interests and gifts of each Resident. Some have visited elderly or ill Friends, some have participated in the spiritual or social concerns of the Meeting, and others may minister through their quiet devotion and daily living.
Residents are encouraged to discuss their leadings with the Care and Counsel (C&C) committee. Every Friend is a unique asset to the Meeting and is greatly valued for his/her/their unique spirit. Getting to know, and being known by the Friends of HFM is an integral part of the caretaking experience. These relationships are beneficial for the life of the Meeting and will support the Resident Couple in unique and memorable ways.
The Resident Couple are provided rent‐free one bedroom / bathroom in the Meetinghouse, which includes paid utilities, shared garage, laundry and WiFi. A modest yearly stipend is provided, with economy round-trip airfare and some moving expenses covered. The RC are expected to take one day off per week and one month off per year.
Some expectations of the RC :
Support the Spiritual life of Honolulu Friends Meeting and wider Hawaii Quaker community.
Support the work of HFM committees and Meeting activities.
Welcome Friends and guests to Honolulu Friends Meetinghouse.
Able to work within the unique relationships and structure of Honolulu Friends unprogrammed Quaker meeting.
Work effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds, ages, and interaction styles, and encourage HFM community (including children, families, adults) involvement in the Meeting.
Demonstrate personal integrity.
Responsible for maintaining the safety, security, upkeep and cleanliness of the Honolulu Friends Meeting house and grounds. Friends must be long-term stewards of the buildings and grounds.
Respond to phone, email, and other inquiries, replying or re-directing in a prompt manner; distribute incoming mail.
Maintain effective meeting communication by utilizing a variety of means and technologies to keep members and attenders connected and apprised of issues, events, and opportunities.
Computer literacy, familiarity with Zoom and willingness to learn technology skills as needed.
Physically able to set up meeting room for weekly worship.
Provide sandwiches/hot meals for selected recurring HFM events.
If interested, submit an application to: Care & Counsel Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.