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The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment in Retreats

by Parker Palmer. Center for Courage & Renewal.

This article describes the Quaker practice "clearness committee" and instructs the reader in how to conduct this meeting for the purpose of discerning an important decision or resolving a dilemma.

Offerings

additional resources

Best For

clergy and lay leaders

Cost

free

Suggested Uses

  • Discern the will of God and the best way forward by conducting a clearness committee following the steps described.
  • Learn more about clearness committees by exploring the list of additional resources and videos.

About the Contributor
Contributor
Beth Booram

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis dedicated to “renewing the contemplative spirit.” In addition, she is a trained spiritual director and author of several books including When Faith Becomes Sight. Beth worked for five years on contract as a resource consultant with the Center for Congregations. 

 

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