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Sharing Clerkships

Published: April 1, 2022


Last week, my wife and I visited the Friendship Village senior living community in Tempe AZ, where a good number of Friends reside. During one conversation with Friends there, two described how they have co-clerked their monthly meeting for some time. They alternate six-month terms and clerk and reported feeling very satisfied with this arrangement.  I also thought about our current co-clerks of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, Gail Toko-Ross and Val Ireland.

I wondered if “shared clerkship” is becoming an emerging phenomenon. I see several reasons that may be an especially prevalent experience in meetings whose members are mostly “older” Friends:



Please contact me if you are interested in discussing these questions.

Steven Finger, stevencfin[AT]gmail[DOT]com