Friends make progress on Book of Discipline

Committee gathered at Woodbrooke this summer for first in-person meeting since 2020.

The Book of Discipline Revision Committee

Friends from the Book of Discipline Revision Committee (BDRC) gathered in Woodbrooke this summer for their first in-person meeting since 2020. The July gathering was the committee’s fourteenth. It has been working together online throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

With Rosie Carnall and Catherine Brewer as co-clerks, and Michael Phipps as assistant clerk, the committee told the Friend that they continue to progress with the drafting of fresh texts on agreed topics, and are planning on sharing some draft text more widely. In collaboration with the Britain Yearly Meeting publications team, they are also exploring ‘new accessible formats’. While a timeline is being considered, the committee said that they need to work on the details to ensure it is feasible. The committee was appointed in January 2019 and the last time the revision took about nine years.

The committee said they welcome new invitations from Friends across Britain to visit meetings to share progress and listen to suggestions. On 1 September it tweeted about the meeting: ‘It was a joy being together. As well as spending time catching up with one another, we made good progress in our work.’

The committee has twenty-four members. For details visit the ‘Revising Quaker faith & practice’ page on the Quakers in Britain website.

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