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Contacts, Communications and Slack
Group Agreements
Payment, Withdrawal and Completion
Before Our First Workshop
Karuna – Compassion
Seminar 09/08
Workshop 09/29
Dana – Generosity
Seminar 10/13
Workshop 10/20
Sila – Virtue
Seminar 11/10
Workshop 11/17
Nekkhama – Renunciation
Seminar 12/04
Workshop 12/08
Panna – Wisdom
Seminar 01/12
Workshop 01/19
Virya – Energy
Seminar 02/02
Workshop 02/09
Khanta – Patience
Seminar 03/08
Workshop 03/15
Sacca – Truth
Seminar 04/09
Workshop 04/12
Aditthana – Resolve
Seminar 05/03
Workshop 05/10
Metta – Lovingkindness
Seminar 05/31
Workshop 06/07
Upekkha – Equanimity
Seminar 06/28
Workshop 07/12
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Group Agreements

Much of chaplaincy training happens in an interpersonal setting and over the course of the program, we will facilitate group discussions and learning opportunities. The following are our Group Agreements for our interactions together that we offer as a guideline for communication. At the beginning of the program, we will read through these agreements together and possibly adjust them through consensus as a cohort.

TRY ON”… on new processes, ideas, perspectives before automatically rejecting them because they are different than your experience, be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

It’s OK to disagree… disagreement is a necessary part of accepting differences. It’s not OK to attack or blame self or others… this can happen on a verbal or non-verbal level.

Practice self-focus… use “I” statements, pay attention to what you are feeling and thinking; ask questions of self and other… instead of jumping to conclusions, check out your assumptions, including your assumptions about others experience of race/racism. Be mindful of giving unsolicited advice.

Practiceboth/and” thinking and speaking… there are multiple realities of each person present, the notion of either/or, right/wrong, good/bad is not helpful in human relationships, it sets up a hierarchy of values.

100% responsibility… you know more than anyone what you need; let go of all the other things you need to be doing and be present in this process; participation looks different for everyone; be aware of how you learn and process information.

Intent vs Impact… there is a difference between what we intend and what the impact is on another. It is important to accept when the impact is negative and seek to understand why without jumping to explanation or apology. Assume benevolence of intent.

Maintain confidentiality… anything said of personal nature cannot be shared without the person’s permission. If you want to talk to someone about what they said, ask permission. They can say yes, no or maybe later.

Move up, move back… Be aware of how much you are speaking. If you feel you are speaking a lot, let others speak. Ask yourself WAIT (why am I talking?). If you find yourselves not talking, be willing to explore the edge of your comfort zone.

Keep in mind that BCT is a learning environment. All participants are here to learn for a myriad of reasons, causes, and conditions. Refrain from expecting others to learn in similar ways to yourself or to value learning and life experiences in similar ways to you. Let’s recognize and support our fellow participants to bring their skills and abilities learned prior to, and concurrent with, their own experiences to BCT.

Practice with a heart that is free, including freedom from prejudice, bigotry, and violence.

We intend to create group safety, with awareness of systems of oppression, thru deep listening and mindful speech.

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