Quaker Governance, Discernment & Decision-Making
Presentation: We will explore topics such as “gospel order,” our church structure/polity, the role of ministers and elders, “sense of the meeting” decision-making, women’s and men’s business meetings, unity & diversity, seasoning & discernment, use of queries & advices, individual vs. the group, the New England Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice (our book of discipline), and the like.
Reflection & Closing
The Agony & the Ecstasy, by Richard Foster. “Any group of disciples who becomes serious about loving and caring has to deal with hurting and forgiving. This is the agony and the ecstasy of any real group experience…”
The Angel of Your Meeting/Church: Moving from Passive Aggression to Using Conflict as a Transformational Tool, by Jonathan Vogel-Borne (from the online publication “Seeds” by Good News Associates)
Friends Practice of Group Spiritual Discernment, by Lee Junker
Blog post by Johan Maurer, Gospel Order Revisited