Clerk's Corner

Stan Grotegut, our Clerk, has started this new page on our website, with his thoughts.  He will be contributing new posts on an ongoing basis, so please check back regularly!

A Holiday Note from the clerk —

I’m struck that we are in the midst of Hanukkah, the eight day feast of lights and expectation of the Jewish tradition. This week I got an email flash from Western Friends Magazine entitled something like ‘Are Quakers Christian?” My immediate response was “that’s not...

Note from the Clerk: Concerning Language

    “I do not know which to prefer,                  The beauty of inflections                  Or the beauty of innuendoes,                     The blackbird whistling                          Or just after.“     Thirteens Ways of Looking at a Blackbird       ...

View from Different Windows

It is not a bad thing when we discover that we disagree. That we see the world through different windows, different frames. The real trick is to allow it. Not to avoid or deny or cover it over. Rather to become curious about different visions of how things are or how...

“The evolutionary potential of Quakerism” — October 2017

(I call this photo “A Precarious Branch," which may serve as a useful metaphor for our Quaker identify. It was taken a few years ago on Pender Island, B.C.)              Thanks to a very light business agenda this month we were able to have a rich sharing around “The...

God language and more . . . Note from the clerk

I was fascinated at the last BBQ discussion quietly listening to many of you speak on what being a Quaker means to you and why you come to Meeting. Some said it is because of the deep silence. I too can check that box. Some said it was the...

Clerking, by Stan Grotegut

After spending more than 25 years at Boulder Meeting avoiding business meetings and what we so lovingly call “Quaker Process," here I am poised to be your new clerk. What have you done? I was quite content to enjoy our deep and rich and...

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