Please let me know if you want to help form, or join, a team of the sort described in the invitation below — which will be circulated widely only after some such teams prove the idea has merit.
Help Transform the World with the Mutual Support Community (11/26/17 Draft)
The mission: to help transform the world into a compassionate community dedicated to the common good of all humanity, the environment, and life itself, so everyone can be all they can be.
Mutual Support Community members strive to become healthier, happier, and more compassionate individuals and more effective activists. In those personal and political efforts, we aim to:
- support one another and deepen friendships;
- enjoy life and talk heart-to-heart;
- relate as equals and nurture both self- and community empowerment;
- counter individualism, isolation, fragmentation, and dehumanization;
- build mutual respect and avoid domination and submission;
- more fully understand ourselves and the world;
- appreciate beauty and help establish justice;
- defend liberty and help strengthen democracy;
- become more fully human;
- promote personal, social, cultural, and political transformation.
Members gather at least once a month for about two hours in teams of 5-10 people. We begin by sharing tea, coffee or a meal and socializing. When the meeting begins, we briefly and confidentially report on our personal and political work. We acknowledge weaknesses and mistakes and resolve to minimize them. Individuals set their own goals and only talk about what they want to talk about.
Then the team addresses its regular agenda. (Teams may be an informal association — like a book club or a Bible study group — or a committee within an organization. Or members may belong to various organizations — or no organization.) The team may consider activities for some or all members to engage in later. After the meeting, we interact informally and follow up on comments made during the meeting.
Teams have three things in common. Members:
- Promote the same mission.
- Report briefly on their personal and political efforts.
- Meet occasionally with members from other teams to exchange information and inspire one another.
Those shared experiences cultivate a spirit of community.
If you’d like to participate in this community, please form a support team with 5-10 friends or relatives and let us know so we can add your team to the list at MutualSupportCommunity.org/TeamList. If you’d like to join a team, contact one that’s open to new members.
Many thanks for spreading the word to people who may be interested. To share information or ask questions, please visit MutualSupportCommunity.org.
Thanks again for your interest in “Transform the World with Holistic Communities.” The above invitation focuses on ideas in that draft 50-page booklet.
Eighteen individuals provided valuable, extensive feedback on that draft, which helped to shape the invitation. When I finish compiling that feedback and responding to it, I’ll send you a link to the complete report.
Again, please let me know if you want to try to form, or join, a team of the sort described above. If the first teams work, we’ll circulate the invitation widely and invite people to form more teams, throughout the country and perhaps internationally.
And please forward this message to others who may be interested.
Feedback on the invitation is welcome. The latest draft of the invitation will always be at https://MutualSupportInvitation.
I greatly appreciate your interest.