Why this guide?

My own experience is of British or mainland European Quaker meetings. Yes, even with those there are cultural differences, but many of the issues are common to all clerks. This resource is here for you, whether you are just beginning a period of service for your local meeting, a regional or yearly meeting, or maybe a committee meeting such as trustees, or a one-off meeting where Friends have decided they need the structure of a clerked discussion culminating probably in an agreed minute. This is popularly known as the Quaker Business Method among British Friends.

Throughout the pages on this website there are some personal reflections on aspects of clerking. These are provided by several experienced clerks in Britain and I am very grateful for their individual insights.