November 17, 2013: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • GaiasHeartbeat
  • Solstice
  • SolSeed Soundbite
  • Funding:
    • Children International
  • Evaluation

Check In

  • Brandon ... excited about my galaxy plate, and about the Gaia's Heartbeat video ... also eager for my lip to heal from a basketball injury
  • Ben ... good news: pretty sure that the people moving the fuel rods aren't going to trigger an insane radio-active release ... bad news: if a major earthquake happens while they are still moving them


WWWs from last time

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... think about funding structures (and specifically the Children International funding)
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... think about funding structures (and specifically the Children International funding)
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... think about funding structures (and specifically the Children International funding)

WWWs

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... think about funding structures and put together a simple proposal ... by next call
  • Ben ... sign up for Children International ... by today
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... finalize the solstice with Shelley ... by Monday
  • Brandon ... sign up for Children International ... by next call
  • Brandon ... check in with John about the song ... by next call
  • Brandon ... create the next version of his galaxy plate ... by next call
  • Shelley ... sign up for Children International ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... think about funding structures (and specifically the Children International funding)
  • Eric ... sign up for Children International ... by next call

Weekly Events Logistics

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben

  • November 23 Service: 9:00 am PDT (12:00 EDT) (Brandon on his birthday!)
  • November 30 Service: 9:00 am PDT (12:00 EDT) (Ben)
  • November 24 Work-Bee: 1:30 pm PDT (16:30 EDT)
  • November 17 Seeing Nature Readings and Practices (Ottawa): 13:00 EST

Solstice

  • Shelley is arranging the Music Together teacher to come, bring instruments etc, and lead the singing
  • Winter solstice is at 9:11am on December 21st (Saturday)

Saturday December 21st Schedule:

  • 9:11am (during the service ... mark the Solstice)
  • prep for the solstice
  • 6:00-6:30pm start the music part of the party
  • 6:30-6:45pm break for refreshments (relish trays with cheese and crackers, cider, etc)
  • 6:45-7:15pm more music
  • 7:15- mingle and refreshments
  • 9:00- sleep by the solstice tree

Other Ideas:

  • Optional before-6 trip to Mount Tabor (like last year) ... try to watch the sunset at 4:19pm?
  • Cool if we could include the "Psalm of Solstice" from Hymnody of Earth
  • Also "When the winter comes we gather"

Guest List:

  • 2,2 Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, Ren
  • 3,0 Ben, Steve, Judy
  • 2,2 Laura, Jesus, Diego, Sylvio
  • 1,0 Molly
  • 2,0 Carol and Vicki
  • 2,2 Sarvatas
  • 1,0 Jillian or Betsy
  • 13,6 (Total: 13 adults, 6 children)

SolSeed Soundbite

  • Ben: "SolSeed is a tiny quasi-religious movement. We believe that all life is precious, and that we should help it thrive, grow, and spread to the stars." Meets the DFA criteria of 27 words, 9 seconds, 3 points.
    • Thinking about using Eric's "agnostic religion"
  • Brandon: "SolSeed is a cosmic Wisdom Tradition whose central tenet is that Life, in all its messiness, is worthy of veneration. We seek to express Life's vitality through our practice, both individual and collective."
  • Eric: "SolSeed is an agnostic religion. We believe that all Life is precious, that we should nurture lives, help Life thrive on Earth, and spread to the stars."
  • We call it SolSeed ... but that word is supposed to mean the body of all life. We are using it in these soundbites to refer to our movement.
    • How weird would it be to say "The SolSeed Movement is an agnostic religion"?

Children International

  • Brandon: Are we doing this individually, or pulling funds from the shared pool?
  • Can we create a shared account to automatically fund this (and serve as our shared SolSeed money pool)?
    • We'd need an official organization, which may cost $500-$1000 per year in directors' liability and general liability insurance
      • Eric is in a club, a community association, and a community garden project, and each of them is struggling with funding these insurance policies
    • Brandon: Having a huge percentage of Eric's tithe go to Children's International before it even "gets to the virtual pool" doesn't seem right to me
      • Eric: We could temporarily just send our tithes to Brandon
      • Brandon: I don't feel great about that either ... it doesn't feel wise to do that with any one member
    • Brandon: We could set up an account for which I act as custodian but the statements go to Ben or Eric
      • Pretend we have an organization, so we can practice for when we eventually officially do so ... this would involve officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer)
      • Ben thinks this would be a good idea to do at some point ... this might not be the right time
    • Brandon: Another alternative: We all keep our money, but Shelley and Brandon pay for all four of the Children International projects, and Ben and Eric would pay for something else in the future
      • Eric: Children International USA may be confused by a donation that says to send the mail to a Canadian address
      • Shelley thought this was kind of silly, and Ben thinks it's "virtually equivalent" since Eric is still considered to be contributing to this project from the virtual pool
      • Brandon agrees that it would be cumbersome to redistribute the materials from "Ben's" and "Eric's" sponsee child from the Sanders to Ben and Eric

Evaluation

  • Brandon: I enjoyed being with you
  • Ben: Kind of relieved that we are not tackling some sort of complex funding scheme immediately, because it sounded tricky to manage.
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