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Lima, Peru, has been chosen as the location for the month-long Congregation Chapter to be held in March 2020.

Further information will be appear here as it becomes available.

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31.10.2018 Generative Conversations

In a letter to all Brothers on October 31st, 2018 the CLT wrote:

"It is the CLG’s belief that the flame of our brotherhood will be reignited only if we engage more with one another in intimate, honest conversations around questions and issues significant to our lives. 

From our experience, we believe that, as Brothers, we must make time and opportunity to sit down and talk with one another from the heart.  If we are going to co-create a future, the CLG considers it is vital that we engage with one another in a process that is called “Generative Conversations".

... The choice of a Generative Conversations approach was made at the CLG meeting when we saw anew that any sharing not from our hearts would not bring about the transformation we desire.  We sense a strong call from the Spirit to speak deeply to each other in this period of our Congregation history.

... Generative conversations are probably not as simple as they sound. We on the CLT have been working at them ourselves, and have found it helpful to have the assistance of a facilitator. That is something for your consideration.

... In addition, you will receive from your local Leadership Team guidelines to assist in understanding and engaging in generative conversations with one another in community and in clusters, wherever practicable. This has already happened in some Provinces. This conversation could include the involvement of women and men who are associates and supporters of the Brothers in various parts of the Congregation.

... Essential to the success of generative conversations is a readiness to speak the truth in love to one another, mindful that what we each see as truth might be different, based on our personality, perception and life experience.

... Similarly, it is important to create safe spaces, in which participants know that what they say will be listened to, respected and treated with confidentiality. The sharing of what is personal is often risky, because it exposes our vulnerabilities. It is likewise important to give full attention to each speaker in a group, mindful that feelings are often communicated with non-verbal gestures and reactions.  These, too, need our attention and response."

In a further letter on December 13th, 2018, the CLT wrote:

We are aware of the various efforts being made across the Congregation to put in place structures which will allow groups of Brothers to gather on a regular basis over the next year or so. We have thanked leadership teams for the energy they have put into making this possible across the Congregation.

...We place great value on ensuring that each of you has the freedom to bring to the surface, for deep and rich conversation, matters of significance to you. We want every Brother to be aware that he is being personally invited to participate in these conversations. We are convinced that in these groups, as the level of trust grows, we will be more open to sharing from the heart our personal lived experiences, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and challenges. Then, together, we can begin to look towards our shared future.

...An important aspect of Generative Conversations is that of ‘harvesting’. By this is meant the gathering of the experiences shared, the wisdom that is shared, the insights that are revealed and the issues that emerge. This is not a matter of reporting on matters hared in the confidential intimacy of the small groups. Rather it is the identifying of what is burning within us, for good or ill, and that we would do well to address in the process of co-creating our Brotherhood into the future. We believe it is important for you to know that what you raise for conversation is not lost. It feeds into the bigger picture of where we are as a body and where we need to go.

The Oceania Province Newsletter said the following on February 1st, 2019:

Generative Listening is foundational to authentic dialogue. Such listening does not come naturally. It is an art that requires practice and specific disposition, so that both speaker and listener connect. Generative Listening enables a level of connection, between the one who speaks and the one who listens, that is truly generative, that is, it creates new possibilities for action that neither parties have thought of or even expected before the conversation.

The Seven Principles for Generative Listening

  1. Slowing down and noticing more of what is present. Letting go of recent and future events in order to be fully present in the here and now. Generative Listening calls for full attention and engagement and not to be distracted by other forms of communication such as phone messages and emails. Good facilitation allows for a period of time for participants to slow down and enter a reflective space.
  2. Listening with all my senses and not just with my ears. Listening is the source of wise and profound spoken words.
  3. Listening to the words and images chosen by the speaker. Speaking is like painting with words. The chosen images / words of the speaker give added insight to the speaker’s intention.
  4. Listening and noticing the emotions conveyed by the person who is talking.
  5. Suspending judgement is probably the most difficult of the seven principles to embrace for Generative Listening.
  6. Noticing what I don’t understand or what trigger questions are raised for me rather than what I don’t like about what I am hearing. It may be helpful to write down such questions rather than interrupting the speaker.
  7. What do I feel as I listen to what is being said and why? It is important to connect with my own feelings as I am listening, as feelings are a filter to what is being said and affect interpretation and response.

11.02.2019 Official Announcement of the Congregaton Chapter

In a letter to the Congregation today, Br. Hugh O'Neill officially announced the Congregation Chapter to be held in Lima, Peru, during the month of March, 2020.

31.10.2018 Calendar

2019

February

Congregation Chapter Official Announcement

Regional Gatherings, New Zealand and Australia

Cluster Meeting, North America

March

Regional Gatherings, Australia

Cluster Meetings, North America

Leaders Meeting, Latin America

April

Cluster Meetings, North America

Province Assembly, Africa

July

Region Chapter, Latin America

Regional Gatherings in Papua New Guinea, Australia, The Philippines and New Zealand

August

Province Chapters, Europe, Arica and Oceania

October

Province Chapter, India

Congregation Chapter Official Convocation

 

2020

March

Congregation Chapter

May

Province Chapter, India

June

Province Chapter, Oceania

July

Province Chapters, North America and Latin America

August

Province Chapter, Europe

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