1.11.16 Compassionate Cafe Meeting

Agenda for Compassionate Cafe, January 19
With notes from 1.11.16
Compassionate Café,
IN ATTENDANCE WERE:
LINDA GREER, FROM HOPE GATEWAY
COLLEEN MYERS FROM CHIME
JIM HEWES, UNIFICATION CHURCH
ROSIE WOHL, FROM BET HA’AM
CONNIE BINGHAM FROM ST LUKES

LORI WHITTEMORE

THIS NEXT MEETING IS 11:30-12:45pm…bring your own lunch,

at the State Street United Church of Christ
159 State Street
Portland, Maine
Fireside Room
Agenda

Principles and Purpose of Compassionate Cafe

Opening

Introductions

Coffee talk

2016 compassionate cafe meetings
need help securing locations-WILL BE SECURING THESE ONE MONTH AT A TIME…AND PUBLISHING THEM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH

Dinner Dialogue January 26 at 5:45pm
share with your community
help publicize
invite friendS
come and enjoy
NEED DOOR GREETERS TO WELCOME AND OFFER SEATING INSTRUCTIONS

NEEDS FOLKS TO HELP TIDY, COLLECT EVALUATIONS AND CLOSE UP
Compassionate City
Meeting with USM school of Social Work
Upcoming meeting with Mayor

Friends Forever
Field Trip…March 4

Compassionate Housing Campaign
COALITION FORMED TO SEEK FAITH COMMUNITIES TO HOST PEOPLE/FAMILIES AND PREPARE THE COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE THEM! PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP.

PARIVASH ROHANI, from the Baha’i community has invited folks who are interested to join her at to discuss the proclamation…The Promise of World Peace. The discussion will take place on January 19 at 7:00pm at Payson Smith Hall, room 201 on the USM campus. A copy of the proclamation can be found at this link: http://www.abbeyofhope.com/2015/12/16/the-promise-of-world-peace-bahai/

Pass the Peace…Bring a friend!

12.11.15 Compassionate Cafe Meeting

Compassionate Café   12.11.15

7:30am

St Luke’s Cathedral

Present at Meeting:

 

Present: Arthur Fink; Quaker, Bushra and Qumral Islam:Muslim, Linda Carleton, Episcopal, Trish Vogel, Unity, Privash Rohani, Bahai, Nancy Markowitz, Buish, Lori Whittemore, Interfaith, Carol Gosselin, Swedenborgian, Pat Bartke, Unity; Bob Atkinson, Bahai

 

General Discussion:

 

Carol opened

Arthur offered a question for us to consider…what does particularly faith location tell us about peace.

 

2016 café meetings: based on survey results of folks availability, we will begin offering 3 meet ups per month, each at a different time. Whoever can attend, will attend and the content will be shared on the abbey of hope website and facebook page. The intention is keep this a meet=up event so that folks can show up once, once a month or at every meeting. Lori will be the consistency of the meetings and will attend each one and share the notes. Once sites for the meetings have been established, the schedule for the first 6 months will be posted and announced.

 

Dinner Dialogue November dialogue dinner was a huge success. 72 people attended representing 13 traditions/religions and we received 54 evaluations with overwhelming support to continue the program. Bushra and Amrul Islam offered to cater the next one and Reza Jalali offered space at USM. Next Dialogue dinner is scheduled on January 26, from 545-815. Mary Taddia, who attended the dinner, shared electronically with Lori, a program that is very similar to what we had done. It is called Menu for Peace. There was unanimous consent to use this program for January 26. Linda Carleton offered to communicate with the facilitiators. Lori will be point person for the logistics.

 

Friends Forever The Abbey of HOPE through Compassionate Café offered hospitality to a Friend’s Forever Life Raft trip of youth from Haifa Isreal this past summer and there was unanimous desire to continue to support their efforts. Some folks from CC are planning a field trip to visit the offices of Friends Forever in New Hampshire this winter to learn more about their operations. A in February Tuesday had been selected, however the folks at today’s meeting prefer a Friday meeting time, so Lori will check into that and coordinate a Friday trip.

 

Compassionate City/Community  Nancy Markowitz hosted a compassionate housing/city soup-in on December 2 to brainstorm how to approach the housing crisis in Portland. In attendance were Paul Review, Sr Pat Pora, Pat Bartke,  Nancy M, in conjunction with folks from CC have formed a Compassionate City/Campaign.  Paul Revier, Sister Pat Pora, Lori Whittemore, Pat Bartke and Rich Blumenthal shared soup in early December to discuss how to move Portland from being a signer of the Charter for Compassion to embracing the principles of being a Compassionate City/Community.  We will keep you updated through the newsletter and on our website.  Nancy met with USM Social Work School about having a social work intern help collect data about what issues need addressing versus what resources are in place to meet those needs with an eye on identifying an area that we could organize around to kick off a compassionate city campaign. USM suggested that they would assign an intern starting in the fall and Nancy could supervise. FMI information, contact Nancy Markowitz at nmark88@gmail.com.

 

Parivash offered to host a potluck at her house to talk about peace, perhaps using the Bahaullah’s statement on peace.

 

 

Schedule for meeting next year will be created and announced by year end.

Dinner dialogue coordination will happen by email.

Friends forever field trip will be announced when it is available.
Compassionate City updates will be shared a they are available.

 

Pass the Peace!