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The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach To Discernment

Parker J. Palmer

"The function of the Clearness Committee is not to give advice or “fix” people from the outside in but rather to help people remove the interference so that they can discover their own wisdom from the inside out."

Parker Palmer describes the “Clearness Committee,” a method invented by the Quakers, that protects individual identity and integrity while drawing on the wisdom of other people. The Clearness Committee is testimony to the fact that there are no external authorities on life’s deepest issues, not clergy or therapists or scholars; there is only the authority that lies within each of us waiting to be heard.