Powell House: Friends Decision Making & Clerking

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 18:00 to Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 12:15


Friends Decision-making and Clerking 2020


Friends Decision-making and Clerking:

Participating in Meetings for Business with Joy and Confidence

with Arthur M. Larrabee and Steve Mohlke

January 31 - February 2, 2020

This is a workshop for everyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Quaker decision-making; it’s for clerks, but not just for clerks. For clerks, it will be an opportunity to learn and sharpen skills. For others, it will be an opportunity to get better grounded in what Quaker decision-making is all about. It is expected that each person will leave the weekend with new energy and enthusiasm for participating in meetings for business, well grounded in both the theoretical and the practical. There will be handouts, exercises and opportunities for experience sharing.

 Among other topics, we will consider:

  • The fundamentals of a Quaker meeting for business. 
  • What is a “sense of the meeting,” and how is it different from consensus?
  • What is the meaning of “unity?”
  • Why “standing in the way” is no longer a useful concept.
  • Techniques of “good” clerking.
  • Dealing with difficult situations.

Arthur M. Larrabee- Arthur is a lifelong Friend and a former clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Currently, he serves as clerk of the Pendle Hill Board.  In addition to presiding at meetings of numerous committees and boards, he has led many workshops on clerking.

Steve Mohlke-Steve is a longtime Friend and former clerk of Ithaca Monthly Meeting. He served as co-clerk for the 2017 Friends General Conference Gathering. He currently serves as General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting.

Register by January 15, 2020: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter

After January 15, 2020: $260/$145/$90/$195





January 31st, 2020 6:00 PM   through   February 2nd, 2020 2:00 PM


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