Resources on Clerking

Resources for both presiding clerks and recording clerks.

Clerking workshops

  • Both Pendle Hill and Powell House feature workshops on clerking periodically. These are a great way to learn clerking first-hand.

Print Resources for Presiding and Recording Clerks

Print resources available from the FGC Quaker bookstore,, organized by topic.

Presiding clerks

  • Where Should I Stand?: A Field Guide for Monthly Meeting Clerks, Elizabeth Boardman; $12.50, $9 ePub.
  • Handbook for the Presiding Clerk, David Stanfield; $4.
  • Before the Meeting: A Handbook for Clerks, Keith Redfern.
  • Before Business Begins, Will Watson.
  • Beyond Consensus: Salvaging the Sense of the Meeting, Barry Morley; Pendle Hill Pamphlet #307; $6.50.
  • When Friends Attend to Business, Thomas S. Brown; PhYM.
  • Servant of the Meeting: Quaker Business Meetings and their Clerks, Cecil W. Sharman; Quaker Home Service, BrYM.
  • Guide to Quaker Practice, Howard H. Brinton; Pendle Hill Pamphlet #20; $6.50.
  • Principles of the Quaker Business Meeting, George Selleck; Friends United Press Pamphlet Series.

Recording clerks

  • Before Business Begins: Notes for Recording Clerks, Will Watson; NEYM; $5.
  • Unforeseen Joy: Serving a Friends Meeting as Recording Clerk, Dajoh D. Hickey; North Carolina YM.