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July 1, 2021

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The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment

The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, and trustworthy conditions.

– Parker J. Palmer –

The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment

“I want to describe a method invented by the Quakers, a method that protects individual identity and integrity while drawing on the wisdom of other people. It is called a Clearness Committee. If that name sounds like it is from the sixties, it is–the 1660s! From their beginnings over three hundred years ago, Quakers needed a way to draw on both inner and communal resources to deal with personal problems because they had no clerical leaders to solve their problems for them. The Clearness Committee is testimony to the fact that there are no external authorities on life’s deepest issues, not clergy or therapists or scholars; there is only the authority that lies within each of us waiting to be heard.” Parker Palmer shares more in this thoughtful piece. { read more }

Be The Change

When was the last time you felt your inner teacher emerge? When was the last time you held that space for another? How might you practice inviting the soul to “speak its truth” today?

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