This workshop will focus on all aspects, both theoretical and practical, of being a presiding clerk of a Friends meeting or committee. There will be handouts and opportunities for experience sharing. All work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a $10 materials charge.
Using handouts and hypotheticals, the following are some of the concepts we will examine in the course of the workshop:
*What does it mean to know the will of God?
*Sense of the meeting
*Being not in unity
*The role of those present
*The role of the clerk
*Preparing the agenda
*The use of committees
*Dysfunctions found in the use of Quaker process
*Options if unity is not apparent
*Techniques for contributing to a climate of safety
Over the last sixteen years, since 2001, I have led 14 clerking workshops at the Gathering. Since 1992 I have led over 200 similar workshops for Quaker meetings, schools, retirement communities and organizations.