Robin M and I are toying with the idea of proposing an interest group, but not as a repeat or sequel to the one that was offered last year with Martin Kelley on Convergent Friends....
...and I have just realized that there are only two more weeks before proposals for interest groups at this summer's Gathering are due! The deadline is May 7th... Yipes!
Unlike the list of workshops that is made available before Gathering's registration opens, no one will know what the interest groups will be until we arrive on campus for the start of Gathering... which leads me to write this brief post and ask:
Who among the blogging community and among young adult Friends might be submitting a proposal for an interest group this year?I want to know ahead of time because last year, it turned out that a number of us were offering interest groups and we couldn't attend each other's!
A few things to consider:
1. If you are submitting or have submitted a proposal for an interest group for the 2007 Gathering, could you add a comment to this post to let us know? Hopefully that way, we will find a way to support one another and we could generate a sort of mini-list here as well, to help prime the pump.
2. A large majority of proposed interest groups apparently are accepted, since interest groups are not a major component of the week, in the way that workshops are. So if you've got an idea for an interest group brewing, don't be shy to say so!
3. If you would like to submit a proposal and would like to have some support around either testing it or fleshing it out or even presenting it (either with a co-facilitator or with a prayer-support person to hold you in the Light), be sure to ask for that sort of support--online or at your own meeting. If it would help you to make that request here, please go right ahead and do just that.
Maybe some of you are wondering if Robin and I going to submit a proposal...? And if so, what would it be an interest group on...?
Good questions. Questions we ourselves are wondering right now. (*See the UPDATE at the bottom of this post.)
I would say that we're not ready to say anything publicly about what we are considering, given how fresh this idea is that has just emerged.
Minutes before I crafted this post, Robin and I were on the phone talking about this, that's how fresh it is! Robin had to take her son to school and I didn't think to ask permission to name the topic before she left. I don't even know that Robin and I have conferred with our respective partners about any of this, it happened so fast. But I was able to get Robin's okay to create this post to get the word out and to ask if others are hoping to offer interest groups.
I think it's safe to say that we'd be looking at an element of traditional or "classic" Quakerism. As if that were a surprise! (*See UPDATE)
Check back here before May 7, 2007 for updates and --hopefully--additional information about possible interest groups that are growing out of the Quaker blogosphere!
Robin and I have conferred just a teeny bit more. We both find ourselves living into exciting questions of faithfulness and how, to paraphrase an email I received from Robin, "faithfulness in the small things is what makes faithfulness in the big things possible." So the interest group would perhaps revolve around the concept of "faithfulness in the small things."
Once Robin and I have fleshed out something more significant, if the prompt to propose such a thing holds fast, another post will be shared with the relevant description, etc.