Overseers

Now know as Pastoral Care Friends (or similar terms). The term ‘overseer’ was used historically to describe people appointed to looking after the wellbeing of those in a Quaker Meeting. However, in recent years Quaker have reflected on the use of the word in other contexts and it’s associations with slavery. Following consultation with Meetings across Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) in 2020, it was clear that there was general support for a change to the term ‘overseer’, and meetings were encouraged to use different terms as soon as possible.