Community Building 2014

20 Feb, 2014

Welcome! Soon, you will participate in a Community Building experience facilitated by certified leaders from the MEC (le Mouvement vers l’Esprit Communautaire). This brochure will help prepare you for this experience and give a brief introduction to Community Building.

It is very important that you read this material before the experience.

At a Community Building Workshop (CBW), the group’s goal is to form a true community. A community is best defined as a group of people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences, enabling them to communicate effectively and openly and to work together toward goals identified as being for their common good.

The process of reaching community is an adventure. It is normal to be uncertain or scared at the outset, but we learn through adventure. Therefore, Community Building uses an experiential learning process, believing it is more profound and more rewarding.

Principles of Community Building

A group of people do not become a genuine community easily or accidentally. There are certain principles which a group learns as they develop into a community. The most important reason for your participation in the workshop is to learn these principles experientially.

  • Inclusivity
  • Participation
    • Please commit to staying for the entire experience
  • Punctuality
  • Confidentiality

Suggestions

We suggest you do not over schedule your free time. You will more than likely need that time for rest, reflection, and integration of the experience.

Feel free to dress casually.

While personal issues may be addressed, the event is not intended to result in their resolution.

Guidelines

The following information will serve as a guideline for your participation:

  1. Be prepared to listen wholeheartedly
  2. Speak when moved to do so, state your name, and use “I” statements
  3. Avoid offering advice or any form of preaching
  4. Let go of all prejudice
  5. Avoid sharing outside the group circle
  6. Trust the process (hang in there through difficulty)
  7. Be on time and respect the schedule
  8. Pledge confidentiality
  9. Be aware of your dreams

These guidelines will be detailed more clearly at the beginning of the workshop, should you have any questions concerning these or any other issue please bring them up at that time.
Thank you.

When and Where

DATE: Saturday March 22nd and Sunday March 23rd from 9:00am to 5:00pm
LOCATION: Missions Étrangères 180, Place Juge-Desnoyers, Laval, H7G 1A4

Contribution

Workshop is offered FREE but in order to cover rental charges and meals we ask for a contribution of $40.00. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. There is no obligation to contribute.

Feel free to Contact Margaret for more information: hugh_maccormack@yahoo.com

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