Quaker A-Z: 2023 Introduction


We are inviting you to follow our new Quaker A-Z blog series – for 2023 the MBS focus for the series is clerking. Every other Friday we will post brief snippets of clerking information following the #QuakerAlphabetProject. Each post will reflect on each letter of the alphabet from an MBS perspective.

The Quaker Alphabet blog project was started in 2013 by Rhiannon Grant, Stephanie Grant and Gil SkidmoreQuakers from all walks of life came together to share ideas. Each blog post focuses on a new topic and is published in alphabetical order. It is an opportunity for us to come together by commenting and sharing our thoughts on the subject. 

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Firstly, what is a Clerk?

In Quaker lexicon a clerk is someone who records the decisions of the meeting. They are responsible for various administrative functions within a meeting for worship for church affairs.

The website of Quakers in Britain Quaker.org.uk/clerks puts it this way:

“From the outside the clerk appears like a cross between a chair and a secretary. Clerks prepare the agenda, do the necessary administration and guide the meeting through the items of business.

The clerk has to discern the outcome (often called ‘the sense of the meeting’) of each item and prepare a minute.”

Outside of Quaker circles a clerk is defined as someone who works in an office, deals with records or performs general office duties. This role is present in a vast array of groups, industries, companies and organisations. Whilst each organisation will have its own focus, many of the role fundamentals are common. 

This latest MBS clerking series aims to explore this role, providing insight, fun, and food for thought. 

You can browse through our full catalogue of the A-Z series HERE

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