The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment in Retreats

by Parker Palmer. Center for Courage & Renewal. Accessed January 31, 2020.

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.


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  • Discern the will of God and the best way forward by conducting a clearness committee following the steps described.
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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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