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A Leaders’ Class on the Guidelines

We did a leaders’ class on the Guidelines.* First we went over a bit of general information and asked questions about the Guidelines, with mini-sessions. Then I asked people what in the functioning of the RC Communities they would like to change or improve, and they all got a fair bit of time to explain their issue.

After that I had them look in the Guidelines to see if something had already been written about their issue. I helped out a little by pointing to particular guidelines that I thought might be relevant. They spent five or ten minutes studying for themselves in each other’s quiet presence.

Then we had a mini-session in which, with discharge and the attention of a counselor, they could write a proposal to change a guideline or propose a new one.

Lastly, they all read their proposal out loud, which got everyone thinking. Some interesting ideas came out. People were much more excited about the Guidelines than they’d been at the beginning of the class. They seemed to feel that the Guidelines were theirs in a new way.

*The Guidelines for the Re-evaluation Counseling Communities—the policies for the RC Communities

Bas Hurkmans

Westerpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

(Present Time 171, April 2013)


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