|Re: Re: rituals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Berrins (Berrinsaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 22:48:01 -0700 (MST)|
Pathways is going through the rituals/holidays breaking-in period as well. Last year we had a few solstice celebrations but declined to sponser as a community anything overtly religous. However, the solstice celebrations and even some of the non-secular celebrations began to be encroached by some spiritual-type rituals; chanting, thanks to the goddesses, and so on. This irritated some folks, including some of those whose holidays were too controversial to get on the community list. Additionally, some of those whose holidays were left off the list felt intimidated from going all out and holding their own celebrations because of strong feelings from others expressed against their holidays. We eventually realized that some people were avoiding community events to avoid having to sit through someone else's ritual (you can count me as one of them- at our first year celebration I just went for a bike ride). So this year, the community living committee decided to cut back on virtually all spritual-type rituals at community events. This, however, only means at official Pathways sponsored and organized gatherings/events. Folks are free to hold their own, including using the Common House for larger gatherings, and many no longer feel they need to avoid celebrating some holidays to avoid offending someone else. I guess we'll see how this works out in the coming year. The reality is that there is a wide diversity in religious/spiritual beliefs in this community that make it impossible to accomodate everyone. As a chiropractor, in practice management courses I was advised strongly to avoid taking about politics and religion with patients. You never know what will push someone's buttons. In community, we get the opportunity to find out what those buttons are, but push them and you'll sure get a reaction just the same. Roger Berman Pathways Cohousing Northampton, MA Where, after over a year of planning, delays and meetings, the plaza in front of the Comon House is finally being built!! _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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