Shepherds’ delight: Rosie Carnall makes a link with the Book of Discipline Revision Committee

‘In accepting the invitation the shepherds have an experience that transforms them.’

'On the revision committee we are listening for the spirit: prayerful, joyful, creative and bold.' | Photo: The Angels appearing to the Shepherds, William Blake, 1809. (detail)

Once, when I was an Area Meeting clerk and tired after a Meeting, I put the television on and spent a happy decompression hour watching One Man and His Dog. Green fields, distant humans, and clever dogs herding sheep – it was very soothing. I’ve felt connection with sheepdogs before; that part of me that relaxes when everyone has arrived. Only later did I make the link between clerking and shepherding.

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