Workshop Number: 6
Leaders: Steve Mohlke
Who May Register?: Open to All
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 10%
Lecture: 20%
Discussion: 65%
Experiential Activities: 5%

Who May Attend?
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

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. Most work will be done in a whole group setting. There will be a suggested $10 materials charge.

Workshop Description

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
  • Unity
  • Impasse
  • Standing aside
  • 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
  • Conflict
  • Options if unity is not apparent
  • Techniques for contributing to a climate of safety
  • Discernment

Leader Experience

Since 2006, I have led dozens of discussions in small group settins on various Quaker topics. I co-facilitated this workshop with Arthur Larrabee five times: At Pendle Hill, Powell House and the 2019 FGC Gathering. I have now facilitated this workshop on my own four times and will have done so at least two more times by the time of the 2022 Gathering. I have also facilitated a 2 hour workshop “Clerking by Zoom” which I have led multiple times. Elements of that workshop will be incorporated into this longer workshop.

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