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Standard Agenda Items:
30 second moment of silence
introductions/go-arounds (pass around contact sheet - in back of F&S notebook)
review notes from last meeting - open action items, what did/didn't get done?
new proposals (scheduling, events, improvements, logistics, etc.)
synchronize schedule with offsite scheduling (designate someone to call/connect with online planning group)
pass around Sacred Space Host schedule sign-up sheet - ask for on-call hosts, too.
plan nightly GA announcements
30 second moment of silence
Notes meeting 10/21/11
Proposal 1: Sleeping issues
--10 people were found sleeping in the space night of 10/20
a) Let all of logistics know that persons looking for a spot to sleep should not be directed to the Faith and Spirituality tent. Make paper flyers with this information so that new volunteers at logistics will know.
b) Host should arrive at 9pm
c) At the 12pm meeting host should be designated and if no one volunteers there should be an emergency contact list
Proposal 2: New space
Create a new space for sleeping or suggest to logistics that there should be another space created for extra sleepers
Proposal 3: Work group laptop
We should get a community laptop
Each day it will be assigned to the note taker of our meeting, and that person will be responsible for it for the next 24hrs, will post notes from meeting to the fb group, and the next day at 12pm will pass it on to the next note taker. Will travel from hands to hands and not be left anywhere.
Proposal 4: Financial matters
Online donation account
Physical donation box in tent
Online request for donations
We could have a fundraiser within the art gallery space that was donated for use to occupy Boston, we could have a speaker or a workshop led to gather people together for this event.
Proposal 5: Laundry
There are 6 medium sized trash bags full of laundry
We need at least 4 volunteers to carry them
There is apparently a Laundromat that has given us free access? Where is it?
Otherwise there is a Landromat across from Haymarket stop
Proposal 6: Request for donations
Requests for donations: battery operated xmas lights, tent, laptop
Proposal 7: Receiving our allotted $100 per week
Someone should figure out how to receive our allotted $100 per week
Eric said that he would take responsibility for gathering a group to go do laundry tomorrow, I separated stuff into smaller bags so they would be able to be carried, but we were wondering where the laundromat that has allowed us to do laundry for free is located?
Attendance: Olivia (facilitator), Leona, Eric, Libby, Sam, Marty, Dawn, Christa, Robin, Cindy, Curran
Review last meetings notes.
PASSED - Announce our sleeping in the tent policy at tonight's GA: Robin
We decided that in order to make the space available 24 hours to community members who wish to use it for its intended purpose, we will limit the number of people sleeping in the tent to 3, including the host, at the discretion of the overnight host. Sleeping will be restricted to the hours between midnight and 8:30. Safety has been notified, and will no longer direct lost campers to our tent to sleep.
PASSED - designated note-taker will be responsible for getting the notes online so that they can be shared with the rest of the planning collective
PASSED - we will use the wiki
Point of Information: Occupy Boston IT is in the process of transitioning all working groups to an Occupy Boston domain (instead of google groups, etc.)
PASSED - figure out what the deal is with switching to the new domain, how to put notes online: Sam
PASSED - for now we will put all existing meeting notes on the wiki and alert the fb group of the link: Marty
PASSED - create a wiki login for the Faith and Spirituality group (for anyone in the group to use), put login information in the notebook: Marty
PASSED - put emphasis on having a host present from 9pm through the night, to make sure people don't start going to sleep before midnight!
also to facilitate group meditation session (more on that below)
PASSED - have group meditation time slotted in the schedule, by default, unless needed by another presenter/facilitator who can't do it any other time
Each day 9a - 10a, 9p - 11p - This will be a quiet time that people can enter/leave at will to join a group meditation session. In the evening, this will also serve to discourage people from going to sleep! "Daily communal quiet space is very important for any community." This scheduled block will be inserted into the schedule for each day by default, but may be cancelled in lieu of another service workshop that can't be presented at any other time.
PASSED - we must be sure to keep the Mecca corner clear. this can double as an all purpose meditation space for people to sit whenever anything else is going on that they might not want to participate in.
PASSED - create a "Meditation 101" writeup for the folder, with graphical representation for the illiterate!: Olivia
-this will serve as a foundation for those who are new to meditation, with emphasis that everyone will create their own practice
The space folder will contain the following:
-guidelines for the space
-sacred space host description
-critical contact numbers, emails, websites, etc...
-description of use/contents of notebook
something about the sleeping rule, in particular
call for involvement - attend meeting, sign up as sacred space host
brief description of sacred space host responsibilities
tell people where the resource folder is
Meeting Notes 10.18
Attendance: Martin, Eric, Olivia, Leona, Nate, Veronica
PASSED - create a new cardboard schedule for the next few days: Olivia
Reviewing of Occupy Boston Faith and Spirituality Group Document: " Occupy Together - Creating a Sacred Space at your local Occupation"
addressed typos and edit content
Document accepted by the group.
To be posted to the Occupy Boston wiki and spread via facebook, twitter.
Meeting Notes 10.16
Reading of previous notes
Create a sign to describe the Flower of Life
Working groups are allotted $100 a week from Occupy Boston general fund to improve the space, etc...
Clean the Space
Reviewed Guidelines for the Sacred Space
It is necessary that we respect a variety of views.
Proposal: No personal items to be stored in the Sacred Space tent - PASSED
Proposal: Set times when people can sleep. No more than 3 people can sleep in tent, including the host, and only between the hours of midnight and 8:30am. We need to keep the space available at all hours.
Vigiling, defined: waiting for enlightenment
Proposal: Overnight host must sleep in the tent. PASSED
To be a host, sign up for 3 hour slots.
There is a document that describes the responsibilities of the host:
-upkeep of tent
-remind community members of guidelines
-act as liaison to workshop/service facilitators
-remind people to keep conversations focussed on matters of spirituality, meditation, etc. (not politics and other stressful things!)
Open Source Document being created
There is a facebook group to connect sacred spaces of different occupations - "Occupy Together - Sacred Space Hosts"
Use inclusive language - co-create space - materials
document to help other occupy groups to set up sacred spaces in their camp
Calendar - on site and on line - synchronize at least once a day
shake out blankets at least once a day
We need an on call list of hosts in case there are gaps at critical times
Nightly GA annoncements
Regular GA announcement
Each day, someone from the F&S group should make a group announcement including the following:
Intro to F&S group: keeping the movement rooted in Love
Welcome everyone to share the space, to sit, meditate, pray, sing, stretch, chant whatever you do to reconnect and find balance.
Review tonight's and tomorrow's schedule
Invite others to offer workshops/teachings/discussions
meeting each day at noon to plan for caring and improvement of space
help needed! - Hosts to care for space and keep watch for the community
plug Facebook group/mailing list for online communication (people are watching online!)
Proposal: At 6:30 PM, every night, host calls to do an update on schedule (Heather or Mary Beth). Designated person who has regular online access.
Proposal: We need to be better about getting the most up-to-date schedule to the Occupy Boston website.
attn: Devon The Designated Point person will send the latest schedule once a day to Occupy Boston
Question: Is a workshop appropriate? Teaching about consent through the medium of massage. A. yes. Sign up.
Attendance: Marty, Patrick, Nick
To help keep our words and actions rooted in LOVE
Global prayer meditations for Peace
At least 8 people generating this field
put in place an agenda before every meeting
bookshelf with clear tarp
review sacred space sign-up sheet
radio with other stations?
media work! - inform the public!
Decided on Regular Agenda Items (listed above)
Decided on Regular GA announcements (listed above)
A message from Ofer from Afar (from Tel Aviv):
Love of our people - revolution of LOVE
find the lowest common denominator for everyone
revolution of love!
they called us pot-smoking hippies, so we rolled up a bunch of joints and had a party!
music, joints and beer!
play games to confuse those who play games and confuse
occupy parlimant, watching
we are flowers, but we must grow some thorns
get a large bank of people by having FUN!
a way to deal with thievery - make a sign that says "Be Careful Thieves"
suggested: separate faith tents so that people feel comfortable with different icons/dieties
bring kids to play! organize with kindergarden teachers!
we have very little time (before winter)
we need to build our numbers, build our community before winter comes, so we can make it through in different forms
regarding racists: "I know we don't like to play with them, but we even need the racists."
we need the whole spectrum, from the far left to the far right
Ofer will help us contact the revolution in Israel
the woman who started it is named Daphne Leaf
"You will not meet fear on the streets.... fear does not exist... we make it up."
"Hope is a produce of fear - we must have belief."
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