Clerk

Presiding Clerk

The clerk of yearly meeting is appointed to serve through annual sessions, though the term officially ends on June 30. The clerk is invited to serve a three-year, non-renewable term. The presiding clerk is an ex officio member of both the Administrative and Quaker Life Councils, and is invited to attend Nominating Council meetings.

Qualification

The Clerk must have a broad historical perspective of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and an understanding of the issues which confront it. Wide contacts throughout the membership, commitment to Friends’ decision-making process, familiarity with the servant leader approach to leadership, mediation skills, and spiritual depth are all essential qualifications for this position. Experience in clerking large gatherings is desirable.

Responsibilities

  • Interprets the purpose and mission of the yearly meeting to its members;
  • Interprets the purpose and mission to the larger body of Friends and to the larger community throughout the year;
  • Presides at annual sessions and continuing sessions and shares some responsibilities with the alternate clerks, including clerking some of the sessions;
  • Works closely with the process for planning annual and continuing sessions or appoints an alternate clerk to serve that role.
  • Consults regularly with the General Secretary of the yearly meeting, and receives minutes and relevant correspondence for attention;
  • May call special sessions of yearly meeting;
  • Participates in the annual review of the General Secretary along with members of the committee to evaluate the General Secretary;
  • Follows personal leadings for additional involvement as issues arise.

Rising Clerk

The Rising Clerk is appointed one year before the expiration of the clerk’s term to provide a year of seasoning before assuming the role of clerk. The rising clerk is invited to serve a one-year, nonrenewable term.

Qualifications

Qualifications are similar to those required for the clerk.

Responsibilities

The rising clerk will work closely with the clerk to learn the role.