for dialogue at tables for six
Love and fidelity
Hope and view
For the timebeing all all meetings at tables for six are imposible because of the corona virus
The shy soul cannot show up without the assurance of safe relational space. Therefore the CENTER FOR COURAGE AND RENEWAL recommends
COVENANTS OF PRESENCE
1. BE FULLY PRESENT, EXTENDING AND PRESUMING WELCOME. Set aside the usual distractions of things undone
from yesterday and things to do tomorrow. Welcome others into this story space and presume you are welcome as well.
2. 2. LISTEN GENEROUSLY. Listen intently to what is said; listen to the feelings beneath the words. As Quaker Douglas Steere writes, “To listen another’s soul into life, into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest gift we can offer to another.”
* 3. AUTHOR YOUR STORY. We all have a story. Some might say, “I don’t have a story” or a story worth telling,” but you do and the world is in need of hearing it. You must claim authorship of your own story and learn to tell it to others so they might understand you, be inspired by you and discover what calls you to be who you are, to do what you do or to love what you love.
* 4. WE COME AS EQUALS. We don’t have the same gifts, limits or experiences, but no person’s gifts, limits or experiences are more or less important than another’s.
* 5. IT IS NEVER “SHARE OR DIE.” You will be invited to share stories in pairs and in a large group. The invitation is exactly that. You will determine the extent to which you want to participate.
6. NO FIXING. We are not here to set someone else straight, right a wrong, or provide therapy. We are here to witness God’s presence and movement in the sacred stories we share.
7. SUSPEND JUDGMENT. Set aside your judgments. By creating a space between judgments and reactions, we can listen to another person, and to ourselves, more fully.
8. TURN TO WONDER. If you find yourself becoming judgmental or cynical, try turning to wonder: “I wonder why she shared that story or made those choices?” “I wonder what my reaction teaches me?” “I wonder what he’s feeling right now?”
9. BELIEVE IN POSSIBILITIES. Believe that it is possible for us to emerge from our time together refreshed, surprised, and less burdened than when we came. Believe that this time can provide renewal, refreshment, and possibilities; that seeds planted here will bloom in time to come. [JP1] [MOU2]
Grensheuvel 2, 5685 AG Best NL
The organisation Tom Table takes to heart a lesson from the apostle Thomas who expressed his doubts about the value of an incredible story. From an independent philosophy of life, Tomastafel questions traditionally imposed moral rules of conduct. Hence this name.
Tom Table has been founded by Thom Breukel from Amsterdam and Ed Schreurs from Best with a view to exchanging contemporary ideas about care and social justice.
The foundation relies entirely on the efforts of volunteers and donors.