|Re: Community rituals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Nancy Wight (wightwal.hp.com)|
|Date: Tue, 31 May 94 15:01 CDT|
It depends on the definition of "ritual" you are using. We have a few things that we do at every meeting, but I wouldn't necessarily consider them "rituals" (I'll talk about them in my next posting in response to Rob's question about meeting practices). There are a few people in our group who really don't like *any* kind of rituals: i.e. group ceremonies, group hugs, hand-holding, praying, etc. When we first started our core group, we used to have something of this kind at every meeting. We called it "Touchy Feely Stuff" or TFS for short. It would involve some kind of group exercise to help us get to know each other and develop a kind of trust trust between us (again, I wouldn't necessarily use the word "ritual" here). But alas, our group grew, the "business" part of the meetings took up more and more time and the TFS was phased out. Occasionally, after a particularly difficult meeting (like the one we had a couple of weeks ago where we had to resort to a *vote* after 4 1/2 years of making every decision by consensus :-( ), people feel the urge to reconnect by doing some kind of ritual, but a few people are very uncomfortable, so we usually end up doing some kind of half-hearted thing. We need to resolve this issue, but so far, it hasn't made it on the agenda. Maybe we'll have time to deal with this kind of thing after we start building? sigh. - Nancy -- New View Neighborhood Development, Acton, MA
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