A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.
Member of Meeting appointed with ensuring the well-being of meeting within the meeting. That means they try to ensure approprate ministry, and organise details of the meetings. Like overseers they usualy serve for three years and are appointed by preparative meeting. 'Eldership' means caring for the spiritual life of each person in the meeting, making sure that there are meetings for worship, with lots of beautiful silence and thoughtful 'ministry', opportunities to talk about the meaning of life, and chances to learn whatever you need. Every person contributes, but usually monthly meetings appoint some members of the local meeting to be responsible. Like overseers they serve for three years. Try asking them a question! riend Formal name for a Quaker. The Society's full name is the Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain (phew!). Always capitalised and different from `friend'. Also used as a title in place of `Mr' and `Mrs' etc since these are considered to promote inequality. See also Quaker.
A mature believer charged with spiritual supervision and ministry within the church. Elder and bishop are generally used interchangeably in the New Testament. "Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine" (1 Tim. 5:17).
The verb to elder is used for the exercise of spiritual leadership either to support and encourage members or attenders in their ministry or to question or discourage an individual whose behavior is deemed inappropriate. The noun elder is occasionally used to designate individuals recognized as having significant spiritual gifts and expected to exercise special oversight of the spiritual life of the meeting and its members. In the past such individuals were specifically recorded by a monthly meeting, and their names were then reported to the quarterly meeting, and yearly meeting; this practice was discontinued in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by 1962.
The term Elder (or its equivalent in another language) is used in several different countries and organizations to indicate a position of authority. This usage is usually derived from the notion that the oldest members of a group are the wisest and thus most qualified to rule, provide council or some other form of leadership.
An Elder in Methodism -- sometimes called a "Presbyter" -- is someone who has been ordained by a Bishop to the ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service. Their responsibilities are to preach and teach, preside at the celebration of the sacraments, administer the church through pastoral guidance, and lead the congregations under their care in service ministry to the world. The office of Elder, then, is what most people tend to think of as the pastoral, priestly, clergy office within the church.
(1) A position received through a combination of abilities, which may include education, experience, magical adept-ship and counseling. (2) Title given to a respected individual from the Aboriginal community who is a keeper of tradition and worldview. Age may be a factor, but not a prerequisite.
A man or woman whose wisdom about spirituality, culture and life is recognized and affirmed by the community. Not all Elders are "old", Sometimes the spirit of the Creator chooses to imbue a young Aboriginal person. The Aboriginal community and individuals will normally seek the advice and assistance of Elders in various areas of traditional as well as contemporary issues.
Elder (Sambucus nigra) This tree can be found anywhere in the UK, it is a weedy, scrubby specimen most often with gnarled, broken branches. A weed, and an early coloniser of waste ground. The flower buds, flowers and berries are useful in a wide range of foods and drinks. The buds can be pickled, the flowers used in wine, soft drinks and desserts, and the berries eaten in jams, made into wine, used for making pontiack sauce, and have many other uses. There are many cultivated varieties available for home planting, some with berries of different colours
Usually this means an initiate of the Craft of advanced degree. Often a 3rd degree Wiccan becomes designated as an elder one to three years following the 3rd degree initiation. (Editorial note: Our Lady of the Earth and Sky prefers the term elder to refer to the Crones and Sages of our community who have earned their grey hair in service to the God/dess and their Craft. Elderhood is a politicized designation in the Western Washington Community.)
A Druid sacred tree. Sacred to the Celtic White Lady and the Summer Solstice. The Druids used it both to bless and curse. Elder wands drive out evil and negativity. Standing under and elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a ring of Faery Mushrooms, will help you see the Little People.
An elder in a coven usually is a person who has obtained a degree of skill in the tradition, but may not serve in the position of High Priest or Priestess. This person may have obtained their skill by education, training, apprentiship, or experience.