Friends General Conference

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Clerking Resources and Interviews with Friends

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FGC Communications Resource
Marta Rusek, Communications Manager | 2/26/21


The clerk of a meeting or committee has a vital role in nurturing Quaker process and community. If you are new to clerking or interested in going deeper in your experience of Quaker clerkship, the resources below can help. 


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Introductory Resources Online


Recommended Reading from QuakerBooks


Interviews with Clerks


Clerking Workshop Opportunities

  • FGC Gathering virtual workshop: Clerking with Joy and Confidence with Steve Mohlke

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. Learn more about the workshop here.

Early Registration for the FGC Gathering will open online on April 15th through 29th. Friends who want to participate in this workshop are encouraged to register as early as possible.

  • Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA offers an annual clerking workshop each November, Friends Decision-Making and Clerking: Participating in Meetings for Business with Joy and Confidence. The 2020 workshop was held on Zoom. Details for this year's workshop will be released on Pendle Hill's website in the coming months. View the information for last year's workshop here.
  • Powell House has also offered clerking workshops, including this past gathering in 2019.


This resource was created for the March 2021 Vital Friends eNewsletter.