Want to know more about Quaker business procedures?!

Melanie Claire Mallison


Of all the excellent and worthwhile conferences Powell House offers, this is one of THE most worthwhile. Even if you never ever intend to clerk anything, the discussions and insights are just so valuable. I encourage you to attend. 

Melanie-Claire Mallison
1-607-280-8182 (cell)

“You only live once, 
but if you do it right, 
once is enough.” 
  Mae West

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Date: January 19, 2022 at 10:49:37 AM EST
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Friends Decision-making and Clerking 2022
@ Powell House, February 4-6, 2022
Facilitated by Steve Mohlke
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

This is being planned as a hybrid event that can be attended in-person or online. If Covid numbers in January are bad enough, the in-person option may be cancelled and the workshop will proceed online-only. If you register for the in-person option, you'll be asked what you want to do if that happens.
Sign up here to attend IN-PERSON Sign up here to attend ONLINE

Schedule is as follows:

(People attending in-person should arrive by 3pm)
  • 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Steve Mohlke 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.