What we're about
Welcome to Hong Kong Sacred Spaces! Sacred Spaces is the "Made in Hong Kong" initiative of the Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society, a registered, non-religious organization dedicated to exploring Hong Kong. Sacred Spaces investigates culturally significant buildings, landscapes, and other areas that are unique to this region. So far we've explored churches, temples, monasteries, synagogues, mosques, and traditional Chinese ancestral sites. We also seek to expand the definition of the "sacred" by including non-traditional themes and locations like museums and sites of colonial heritage. Most of all Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is a fun and safe place to explore and understand the world around us.
Hong Kong Sacred Spaces 歡迎任何有興趣探索香港特區境內和周邊地區的各類宗教和冥想場所的同好者參加。我們尋訪位於城市和郊野內的各種神聖空間，例如教堂、廟宇、寺院，猶太教堂，清真寺還有其他中式祖傳或民族學地點。為了更深入探討“神聖”的定義，我們的各類活動也會帶大家走訪按非傳統主題而設計的路線或景點。Hong Kong Sacred Spaces 致力讓所有參與人士能在安全、包容的環境下更多了解我們身邊的各類神聖、宗教空間和生活方式。任何針對他人的信仰、無信仰或傳播福音（或提倡無神論）之類的行為及言論將被禁止。有興趣認識香港的不同宗教藝術、建築和文化的朋友們，歡迎成為我們一份子。
Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Meetup Group
The following is the updated Attendance Policy of Hong Kong Sacred Spaces as it has developed over time. This policy comprises portions of the meetup.com terms concerning attendance and other aspects that are part of the culture of this group.
Members are responsible for their own personal attendance calendar. If a member indicates that s/he is going to attend an event by clicking “YES” on the meetup.com RSVP system, s/he has, in effect, indicated to the group that s/he WILL attend. If a member CANNOT attend (extenuating circumstances aside) it is the member’s responsibility to update their RSVP status. For details of the meetup.com procedures click here (https://www.meetup.com/help/topics/9/article/615554/) for details. If you don't show up (and don't tell us) we're going to worry about you!
Consequently, if a member does not attend an event without changing the RSVP s/he will be marked as a “No-Show” for that event. Once a member accumulates (3) three No-Shows s/he is putting their membership in jeopardy and can be subject to expulsion.
People are also responsible for their own health and wellbeing. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces, it's sponsors or any other stakeholder bears no liability for events that may occur on during one of our programs. Furthermore, the opinions of sponsors, organizers, and other interested parties may or may not be the opinions of Hong Kong Sacred Spaces, it's sponsors, or it's stakeholders.
Attendance Policy as it relates to Payments
Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is a volunteer organization hosted by the Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society, a registered volunteer organization under the Hong Kong Societies Ordinance. Our events generally fall under the following three categories.
1. FREE. Many, if not most events of our events are free of charge.
2. Pay-As-You-Go. Others are “Pay-As-You-Go”. This means that members come to an event and pay their own transportation, meals, and any other cost required of that event. Organizers will do their best to give participants an approximate amount ahead of time for such an event but it is still the Member’s responsibility to cover all costs.
3. PRE-PAID. Occasionally, organizers have to pre-pay deposits and other incidental costs for an event. This necessitates that members PREPAY. It is important to remember that Sacred Spaces is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization and does NOT accept remuneration of any kind.
The decision to proceed with an event in the face of bad weather is taken on a case by case basis. Generally speaking, we follow normal Hong Kong weather protocols and cancel an event when the Hong Kong Observatory raises a severe weather signals. You can click here (https://www.evernote.com/l/AN23o6F3kAhDap6Lw8h1GzPL7shH-GWBiD8) to see definitions of them. Organizers will endeavor to notify the group of a cancellation TWO HOURS before a scheduled event so as not to complicate travel plans.
Health and Safety
According to the Hong Kong Health Authorities (https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/healthtopics/content/24/29.html), the peak time for Seasonal Influenza is from November to March and then again during July and August. Seasonal Influenza is a real bother and can be quite dangerous so if you think you're getting sick, please take proper precautions like wearing a mask and dutifully washing or sanitizing your hands. If you're really feeling ill please consider staying home while you rest up. You can always join us the next time and just think about how much sympathy you'll get when you tell everyone you were sick!
Additionally, mosquitos and other pests are big issues for us, especially during the warm months. Please remember that for ANY event outside the Urban Areas (North Shore Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and other built areas) you really ought to consider wearing some kind of insect repellant on exposed skin and wearing long trousers/pants with closed-toe shoes to prevent becoming someone's snack. Believe me, I have A LOT of experience in this regard!
In accordance with the Meetup.com Group Standards Policy, Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is Local Community Focused group that Meets in Real Life. Additionally, we strictly adhere to Meetup.com's Conduct Policy in that we host events that are SAFE, HONEST, and TRANSPARENT. These qualities should be applied not only to Sacred Spaces but should be a MINIMUM STANDARD for ALL Meetup Groups. Please see their Policy Page (https://www.meetup.com/guidelines/?subnav=group) here.
Having said that each of us is responsible for our own Meetup privacy settings which includes messaging and other account features. Go to your accounts settings page to review your personal preferences. Click here for the help center. (https://www.meetup.com/help/)
Following Meetup's Policy unsolicited and otherwise unwanted commercial messages, especially for UNRELATED COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES will be dealt with harshly. Expulsion from Hong Kong Sacred Spaces and reporting to Meetup Headquarters are the tools available to group Organizers.
Finally, Intolerance of other people's beliefs or non-beliefs as well as evangelizing for any faith (or non-faith) will not be tolerated. Why not come along and check out the sacred art and architecture that exists in every corner of Hong Kong and beyond.