Saturday, November 29, 2008

Suggested Reading

Cathy Whitmire will be joining us for our Second All-Meeting Retreat on January 24th to help us develop our skills in individual and corporate discernment. Pablo S from Worship and Ministry committee compiled the following list of reading material on discernment and decision making. We hope you will prepare for the retreat by reading as much as you can from this list or other sources that you have. We encourage you to share your thoughts from the readings with friends at lunch, over coffee, or in your reading groups.

Be sure to save the January 24th date and join us for the day. Bring a friend who is curious but might not come without your encouragement. Tentatively, we plan to start with lunch, with optional work parties in the morning, and we will have a talent show in the evening.


  • Brown, Thomas. “When Friends Attend to Business.”
  • Barbour, Hugh. “Five Tests for Discerning a True Leading.”
  • Goodwin, Nancy. “A Question of Authority”
  • North Pacific Yearly Meeting. “Meeting for Business”
  • Loring, Patricia. “Spiritual Responsibility in Meeting for Business.”
  • Wilsher, Barry. “Quaker Organisations: a Plain Person’s Guide to Structure and Business Meetings in the Religious Society of Friends.”
  • Hoffman, Jan. “Clearness Committees and Their Use in Personal Discernment.”
  • FCUN [ed] “Reminders for Good Friends Process.”
  • Sheeran, Michael. Beyond Majority Rule.
  • North Pacific Yearly Meeting. Faith & Practice [p. 73]
  • Fendall, Wood and Bishop. Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision-Making.
  • Bill, Brent. Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment.
  • Woodrow, Peter. Clearness: Processes for Supporting Individuals and Groups in Decision-Making. [pp 6-10]
  • Selleck, George. The Quaker Meeting for Business.
  • Punshon, John. Encounter with Silence: Reflections from the Quaker Tradition. [pp 98-104]
  • Steere, Douglas. The Quaker Meeting for Business
Pendle Hill Pamphlets
  • Morley, Barry. # 307 “Beyond Consensus: Salvaging Sense of the Meeting.”
  • Lacey, Paul. #264 “On Leading and Being Led.”
  • Lacey, Paul. #365“…The Authority of Our Meetings Is the Power of God.”
  • Loring, Patricia. #305 “Spiritual Discernment and Clearness Committees Among Friends.”
  • Brinton, Howard. #20 “Guide to Quaker Practice.”
  • Grundy, Marty. #347 “Tall Poppies: Spiritual Gifts and Leadership.”
  • #388 “Expectant Listening: Finding God’s Thread of Guidance”