Don't be afraid to stop and ask for quiet!
Elders can help by reminding people so you don’t have to. Or if people are waiting for you to draft a minute – take as long as you need before putting your head up and addressing the meeting.
The quiet can allow for thoughtful discernment, time for the previous contribution to settle and be considered – and of course for the spirit to move and be heard.
Of course some people are quiet because they’re feeling talked over or ignored, and are unhappy. We’ll talk about that issue in our next instalment.
Quaker Quiet is something that fascinates people who run meetings.
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