Handbook: Participant Covenant
Our Learning Circles have found it extremely helpful to have an explicit discussion of a participant's covenant at the first meeting. Sometimes groups have found it necessary to come back to this several times, particularly if discussions begin to go awry. It is strongly recommended that you introduce this at the first meeting, and encourage some discussion. Participants may wish to modify this covenant or add to it – that's okay, provided everyone agrees. Here's our suggested starting point for a Participant's Covenant:
I agree to be present for all 6 scheduled meetings of my Learning Circle.
I agree to listen respectfully, and offer comments with holy manners.
I agree to help the group be responsible for its own learning by:
I agree to keep confidential all personal issues that emerge in the discussion.
- Doing some reading on the agreed topic between meetings
- Being prepared to describe issues arising in my home setting about the practice of stewardship we’re reflecting upon