Friends Decision-making and Clerking: Participating in Meetings for Business with Joy and Confidence, with Arthur M. Larrabee.  February 2-4, 2018

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 is a lifelong Friend and has recently retired from serving as General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In addition to presiding at meetings of numerous committees and boards, he has led many workshops on clerking. In the past, Arthur has been the clerk of the Board of Trustees of Westtown School, and clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Register by January 24th: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters

After January 24th: $250/125/63/185

Childcare with 3 weeks notice.

 

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