|RE: Group Spirituality, Public vs. Private||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 30 Jan 95 12:06 CST|
Celebrations are a natural part of living in community. At Sharingwood we hold any number of celebrations and some could very much be construed as having religious overtones. I know we have a couple of church going Christians in our group, and I also observe they tend to skip any celebration they feel uncomfortable with. We also have a Christmas celebration where we sing traditional Christian Christmas Carols and this is skipped by a few people who are uncomfortable with that. So people seem to adapt to meet their needs and I think the important message to new comers or prospective members might be that celebrations have a variety of forms, some are semi-religious and all of them are optional depending on your comfort level. I would caution about being too "non-spiritual" because many people hold spiritual values which are very important and to know that room is allowed for such and welcomed may be an important consideration. Rather than take a position that this celebration or activity does not represent the group, I would encourage you to allow people to take ownership of their own contributions by saying, this is Mikes expression of his spirituality and let people own and express that. This approach may let new members get the feeling that their spirituality, which may be different, will be honored and respected and allowed within the group if they so wish to express it via a group celebration. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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