THE WELCOME CIRCLE
We hold this truth to be self-evident:
That ALL PEOPLE are created equal
WELCOME TSILUGI WITAM BIENVENIDOS SWAAGAT WILLKOMMEN HUAN YING MARHABA BIENVENUE DOBRO
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• Welcome Circles are, whenever possible, to be led by diverse pairs (there are no priests, ministers, rabbi’s, imam’s, etc.). In the United States, at this time, multiracial teams are essential. Diverse genders are, also, critical.
• It is important that Welcome Circle leaders are experienced at “standing at the crossroads of clarity, compassion, and strength.” They need to possess the skills and training to “hold” the Welcoming Circle and the humility and responsibility to own their impacts when they occur—when that impact is not in alignment with their intention. It is understood that we all are learning through-out our lifetimes and we never finally “arrive.”
• The Welcome Circle Governing Body will oversee the training, apprenticeship, and certification of Welcome Circle leadership. The Welcome Circle Governing Body will be composed of 7 volunteers who have completed the Welcome Circle certification (currently provided by The Sum, www.thesum.org, a 501c3). All decisions will be made by consensus. The Governing Body will meet quarterly unless more frequent meetings are determined to be necessary.
• Until a Welcome Circle reaches the stability and consistent numbers to be assigned a leadership team, or have its’ own attenders become certified to lead, it is understood that the Welcome Circle agenda will be facilitated by any pair who self-identify as experiencing the meaning and intention of the Welcome Circle.
• A Welcome Circle may apply to the Welcome Circle governing body at any time for recognition, leadership support, consultation, materials, training, leadership assignment.