Principle vs. Preference: The Speed of Quaker Decision-Making

c. wess daniels
Dec 22, 2017 · 19 min read

Finding my Way into Group Discernment

“Quaker decision-making is less about arriving at a final decision and more about becoming the people of God together.”

Three Ways To Impact The Speed of Quaker Process

1. The Decision After the Decision

The decision before the decision and the decision after the decision.

Our ability to track with and build upon the initial decision that has been initiated in a community is actually an essential part of participating in the decision-making process of that community.

2. The Clerk Disappears

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3. The Community’s Impact on Speed

A. Quaker Process as “Weak Link” Organizing

B. Discerning Between Principle & Preference

This simple formula of adjudicating between principle and preference does wonders for the speed and the flow of a community trying to make decisions.

Getting stuck on debating all my preferences clogs the arteries of Quaker group discernment

We too often confuse our preferences with our principles. We are quick to make every preference a principle!

C. Creating Low Threshold Acts of Community

Conclusion

If you are interested in more writing on Quaker group discernment here are a few posts:


Footnotes:

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c. wess daniels

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Is the author of “Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing The Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture” and the Director of Friends Center at Guilford College.

Nursery of Truth

Publishing articles written about the present and future of the Quaker tradition with an emphasis on remix, praxis and dialogue within contemporary culture.