April 27, 2014: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Good News/Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Fourth Season
  • Summer Solstice
  • Evaluation

Gratinews

  • Brandon ... I am grateful that I have such a supportive extended family.
  • Eric ... I am grateful that my son is taking an interest in spirituality.  He has joined the same setup team that I am on at UUFO … we show up like an hour ahead and make sure the chairs are arranged and the food is set out, etc.  He is going to Montreal with Michelle for a conference with the United Church of Canada.  He has expressed interest in coming to Portland for the solstice.

WWWs from last time

  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... make sure the 3/5 orientation emails are ready ... by tonight
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... look into existing Summer Solstice events at the Stonehenge replica ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... book my flight to Portland (Arrive late Wednesday June 18 or anytime after)
  • Eric ... promote the video ... All Week

WWWs

  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... make sure the last 2 orientation emails are ready ... by Monday
  • Brandon … promote the video by sending it to at least 4 friends and asking them to share it … by next call
  • Brandon … check on Maryhill stay details (camping and any other options) … by next call
  • Brandon … check on renting a van … by next call
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... look into existing Summer Solstice events at the Stonehenge replica ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... book my flight to Portland (Arrive late Wednesday June 18 or anytime after) and ask Patrick about it … by tonight
  • Eric ... promote the video by sharing it on Facebook and Google + and pushing it to select friends whom I think will dig it ... All Week
  • Eric ... Write a new draft of fourth season that takes Ben’s concerns into a/c … by next call
  • Eric … Write the 6th orientation email … by next call

Weekly Events Logistics

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben

  • May 3 Service: 10:00 am PDT (13:00 EDT) (Brandon)(Final week of V d T)
  • May 4 Work-Bee: 1:30 pm PDT (16:30 EDT)

Fourth Season

The fourth Liturgical Season runs from mid-spring to the summer solstice and covers the diversification of Life on land.  The four advances are legs, amniotic eggs, wings, and flowering things.

Here is Eric's draft of the opening ceremony for the Weekly Service Calls during this season:

A blue brown world ... still ... a blue-brown world ...
And then ... <gasp> ... Spreading green!
Leaves. Veins. Roots. Wood.
Forests grow.
In the lush green forests, species are born.
And for every species ... there is a story!
This story begins with Conifers, Cone seeds,
The plants which forested the boreal!
Next came the flowers, sharers of food.
Both the nector of bees,
And the fruit from
which early primates got their energy.
Then came the grasses!
Seas of green in drier environments.
Seas of gold grain feeding humanity today!
Finally, Cactuses appeared on the scene!
Turning ever dryer desert into living surfaces,
Freely available for hungry animals.
Conifers, Flowers, Grases, Cactuses.
From brown ... Green!

Discussion

Ben: The fourth season is the one I have the most quibbles with. It needs something about dinosaurs. Hard-shelled eggs might be an innovation worth mentioning along those lines. Perhaps drop two of the plant-based items (but definitely keep flowers!) and include legs (animals joining plants on the land) and hard-shelled eggs (enabling the emergence of purely land-based creatures such as dinosaurs). Or, since you discuss forest-dwelling animals in the third season, perhaps here we could talk about wings instead of legs (thus feeding one of my obsessions :-). Even without these changes, the season is about more than just “the spread of forests,” so the intro may need to be rethought as well.

Brandon: I think about this from the perspective of my kids.  We run through this dozens of times during the season, so having it be fun for them feels critical to me.  So I think about the motions we will do and whether they will be fun and viscerally embodied or not.  So running around flapping wings is definitely great.  Cracking out of an egg shell and then galomphing around looking for meat is great.  So I guess I’m saying just write it up and we’ll come up with a kids version of it that we’ll use for our daily meditation time.

Eric But I am hearing that see more potential if we write stuff about things that are more viscerally exciting and that animal stuff is generally more visceral?

Brandon We marvel at apex type things that depend on a supporting infrastructure of plants under it.  Gratitude to sun and plants can be mentioned at each animal or feature.  

Solstice

Eric and Brandon tooks some WWWs.

Evaluation

Brandon ... I always like getting actual work done during the call. Eric ... What did we do with our hour? I liked the discussion about the fourth season … I felt like it was really strategic.  And so it gives us direction going forward.

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