One of the assumptions in Quaker business practice is that something more than the best wisdom of the group will be achieved - that those present are listening for something more than what each person thinks. Working toward a sense of the meeting is about listening for what Spirit would have us do in this instance. It is not a negotiated settlement or compromise, giving each person some of what they want. Rather, it is a moving toward, which does not require logical agreement.
Debbie Humphries, Four Pillars of Meeting for Business,
9/1/2009, Friends Journal
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