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As part of the Meetings to Hear (and perhaps answer) God's Call, we have been using "minutes of exercise" to help us ground more fully in where the Holy Spirit may be taking us. The minute of exercise is written and heard toward the conclusion of one session and is read again at the beginning of the next Meeting to Hear (and perhaps answer) God's Call.
What is a Minute of Exercise
A minute of exercise expresses the clerk’s sense of the condition of the meeting after some time spent in corporate discernment. It seeks to identify how the spirit seems to have moved through the body in an emerging concern, or by pointing towards work that the meeting feels it should take up again, or seeking further clarity. It is not a record of each message voiced or of a debate, nor does it seek to reflect the whole process by which the meeting has arrived at the point when the minute is taken. It may be a kind of log book, a milestone, and a sign post: thus far we have been led, as we seek to know God’s will; we have a sense of where we might seek for the opening way, and we may note certain issues, opening, gifts, or blessings that we wish to bear in mind as we fare forward.
Monday Morning, 8/9/2010, Minute of Exercise
Monday Evening, 8/9/2010, Minute of Exercise
Wednesday Morning, 8/11/2010, Minute of Exercise
Wednesday Evening, 8/11/2010, Minute of Exercise