Re: Large animal policies
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 08:43:23 -0800 (PST)
A stand aside is allowed to honor a strongly held personal belief system. In
any of the cases you mention, in order for it to be a stand aside there
would have to be an understanding of what the belief system is.  I have a
hard time coming up with an example of where a work party would violate a
strongly held belief system, although I could see where some part of the
work party, such as cutting down a native tree, might work out. I am not
sure I can figure out a case where a belief system is going to stop me from
paying into the repair of something, but again, even so, if it is a
legitimate belief system, and as a group you choose to honor it,  then the
group simply redivides the cost without that person.  There may be
situations where the group chooses NOT to honor a belief system and you move
ahead anyway with that persons reluctant participation.  Its up to the group
to decide this.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Zabaldo [mailto:ann.zabaldo [at]] 
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 8:28 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Large animal policies

Rob -- I'm interested in this view of "standing aside."  You say a person
who stands aside is not asked to participate in the activity or decision
being made. In this issue of large animal and raising animals for food I can
see where dissenting members could stand aside and the
other folks could proceed.   What if the proposal  is workshare?  A
person could simply "stand aside" and not participate?  This is one of those
fine points of consensus that still needs to be worked out.  I"m also
wondering what happens when the issue is one of financing repairs or
maintenance of limited common elements?

Ann Z.
Takoma Village
Washington DC

On Feb 1, 2008 11:06 AM, Rob Sandelin <floriferous [at]> wrote:
> One of the problems that arises in consensus groups is when people 
> base group decisions on their own belief systems as opposed to the 
> best interests of the group.

Ann Zabaldo
Voice 202-291-7892
Fax 202-291-8594
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
McLean, VA
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