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Membership Development Series, Part 6: Meeting Vitality
April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amNo charge; registration required to receive the zoom link
This session focuses on how a meeting looks to a newcomer, from three angles.
1. Community Meetings are relatively small, coalesced groups and it can be hard for a newcomer to get noticed, to connect on common interests, to feel valued. Joe Moore has a bag of ideas for making newcomers feel at home in the midst of the potlucks and book clubs.
Joe is a skilled facilitator in the areas of community-building and alternatives to violence.
2. Managing Dissension Conflict is the major reason why religious organizations lose congregants. When new attenders visiting our Meetinghouses encounter discord, they may stay or leave depending on how Friends engage.
Our presenter, Laura Pickering Ford, has assisted meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to manage dissension and reconnect communities with deep listening skills.
Irene Oleksiw will illustrate how to use “Queries for a Spiritual Self-assessment of the Meeting” to gauge the spiritual vitality of your meeting. She’ll also bring a collection of practices for nurturing seekers and feeding those inner lights.
At Downingtown Friends Meeting, Irene clerks its Worship & Ministry Committee. She also serves on PYM’s Membership Development Granting Group.
Break-out groups towards the end of our time together will be an opportunity to share insights from the three segments and to put forward questions on items needing clarification.