Definitions for "Meeting for Sufferings"
Representatives from each Monthly Meeting attend this large meeting which meets regularly at Friends House. It looks after Quaker business on a national level between each yearly meeting.
A committee to support and care for members and their families who suffer because of their commitment to Friends' principles (more in use in the early days of Quakerism). In England in recent years it refers to a representative committee which acts in a deliberative and executive manner for the Society of Friends when the Yearly Meeting is not in session.
The title of the executive committee, which includes two or three representatives from each monthly meeting and which may, between Yearly Meeting sessions, speak or act on behalf of Quakers in Britain Yearly Meeting . The title dates from the seventeenth century, when its main work was to care for the thousands of Quakers imprisoned or dying for their faith.