I told Charlotte I would write a few words about the storyspace session this week. They usually happen when there’s a 5th Wednesday in the month. As I said in the notices on Sunday, it’s an opportunity for us to tell the group something about ourselves…it could be about…something going on in your life at the moment or from an earlier stage…or about something happening now in your community or in the world; something you care about. There is so much to talk about.
It works like this. We sit in a circle, one person acting as facilitator. One person talks for up to 10 mins and the rest listen. Come along just to listen, if you prefer. Tellers need an audience. Or you might want to bring along a favourite reading (a poem or extract..?) to share. And there are groundrules, like confidentiality. What says in the circle stays in the circle.
It was only when I read 12.21 in Quaker Faith & Practice (QF&P) that I realised this is like being part of a creative listening group – http://qfp.quaker.org.uk/chapter/12/ – speaking from experience, not commenting directly, leaving a pause inbetween, listening attentively, not getting into a discussion (these can always take place afterwards, doing the washing up, for example).
I hope you will be able to come along. MfW starts at 6.00-6.30pm, followed by soup, bread and leaves (I am very consistent – just hope they haven’t moved things around on the aisles!) and we begin at 7pm. It will probably end by 8.00 to 8.30pm, depending on the number of people present, who want to tell. The latest we have ended has been 9.00pm. Of course, friends do leave earlier if they have to for trains and buses.
Or you might want to consider starting or restarting such a group in your own Local Meeting (LM)? The idea came to me after reading Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin, a fantastic book. At the back, she describes how to go about setting up a group. Christina is an American Quaker. I wrote up some notes in – https://weafish.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/storycatcher-2/ . It’s about work but it applies elsewhere too.
I know how busy friends are at the present time with all sorts of stuff going on, so if you can’t make it, that’s fine. I just wanted to let you know it’s happening. And if you think you will come, it would be good to know in advance so I know how many leaves to buy…and bread and soup, of course).
(please share with other friends, if you think they might be interested; I’m more than happy to share notes with anyone thinking of doing this)