So it's been more than two years since we've had any regular events with this group -- and that's entirely my fault for not scheduling anything!
Still great potential for this group
The basic vision we had still seems worthy:
We share a passion for compassion and community service. We set aside philosophical differences in order to serve others in the community, and also to build trust and understanding among each other.
Barnes and Noble Coffee Shop Event Details:
I'm looking forward to meeting some of you so we can get things rolling again! If you haven't yet, please take a little time to think about your sources of inspiration before you come, and if you can, please share some words in our Discussion Board, linked below!
This will be a very informal event where we just start to get acquainted with other and our personal inspirations for why we want to engage in community service. And, we will brainstorm on community service ideas where we can participate as a group.
Event ideas should be, at least for now, simple and relatively short, and should not require specialized skills. Here are some organizations we've assisted before that meet this requirement:
• MedShare International -- sorting medical supplies for people in need
• Books for Africa -- sorting and boxing donated books for people in need
• Atlanta Community Foodbank -- boxing donated food for local homeless shelters
• The Global Soap Project -- sorting and cleaning hospital soap that is desperately needed by people overseas
There are lots of other worthy causes, many of which advertise opportunities on Hands On Atlanta's web site. Have any suggestions? The basic requirement is that the opportunity should be 1 to 3 hours of commitment, on a weekend, and should be something we can do as a group that doesn't require specialized skills.
Question to think about before you come: What inspires you, from our own faith or nonfaith perspective, toward a passion for serving others in the community?
To get things rolling again, it will help if we share a bit about our own experiences with community service, whether or not our inspiration is grounded in faith or nonfaith.
I've gone first by posting in the Discussion board. Please continue the discussion by replying and sharing your own inspiration!
• Do focus on what inspires your compassion and passion to serve others in the community
• Don't feel too shy about articulating how your own faith or nonfaith community or ideas inspire your compassion and passion to serve others in the community
• Do temper any desire to "convert" others to your own faith or nonfaith (plenty of other places for doing that)
I know that might feel difficult to balance those guidelines. If we fail at it at first, let's try our best to forgive each other and figure out some community standards to follow as we grow to ensure civil and constructive conversations.
Thanks, and take care!