|Sharing Circles||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Paul Kilduff (LibertyPaulMarywebtv.net)|
|Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 18:12:03 -0500|
from Paul Kilduff, Liberty Village, Libertytown MD, moving in, we hope, Nov, 1998. We are using guidelines for sharing circles taken from an article by Rob Sandelin in CoHousing Journal, Winter, 1994. We just did our first one last week. Most wonderful experience. One thing I am wondering about is "Rob's recommendation" number 1, "No strangers; members only." For one thing, I found the process so powerful that it seems hard to believe that strangers could screw it up. For another, I wondered when people got to be non-strangers: when they pay their $6,000? Seems kind of a strange standard, but it's the definition we're using. I also wonder, looking at it from another angle, how people can become non-strangers if they're not allowed to participate in the sharing circle -- kind of a chicken-egg thing. How do you define strangers and members, and how does a stranger become a member without participating in the circle? I would have sent this just to Rob, but I thought I'd also like to get others' reactions. Thank you, Paul ..
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