are of a routine nature and can be handled during
one Meeting for Business. Business Meeting accomplishes much of
its work by trusting standing and ad hoc committees to have
adequately seasoned matters beforehand.
Some matters are better served by, and deserve, longer periods of
deliberation. It is standard practice to hold over decisions in matters
of membership, marriage and nominations for at least one month
before a final decision. The extra time of seasoning allows Friends
to labor together in an orderly exploration of unexpected objections
and thus better to discern God’s will. This is characteristic
Friends’ sense of “good order.”
may be held over for later consideration, as committees or the Clerk
deem necessary. It is generally helpful to name the date
when it will be reconsidered. The absence of Friends with a specific
interest from Business Meeting (after notice has been given) should
seldom be a factor in delaying a decision.
is the responsibility of the Clerk to discern when it is appropriate
to delay a decision or refer a matter back to a committee
for further seasoning. If the Clerk has decided in advance that no
decision will be made at a given session, he or she should inform
Business Meeting before discussion begins. The Clerk should also
indicate the possible consequences of a delayed decision.