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Core Values, Principles of
Lines of Communication/Decision-Making
(Summary by Starhawk, approved by Rose May Dance and Marian Doub)
Our recent retreat was a momentous and productive culmination to the work of restructuring that we began over a year ago. Below are a summary of the decisions we made. A full set of minutes will be available on our web page by December 1, and can be sent out in hardcopy to anyone who requests them.
The retreat began with a discussion of major changes that have happened in and around Reclaiming in the last year or two, and with reports from charettes.
We spent Saturday working on our statement of core values, working with drafts from two charettes, the small groups that met over the last few months to work out a spectrum of proposals for structure and core values. Two charettes had considered core values and written statements: one was by Anne Hill, Beverly and Starhawk, and one by Rose, Patti and Marian. Drawing from this work, we wrote a statement we entitled "Reclaiming Principles of Unity", (attached hereto) and Sunday afternoon we reached consensus to adopt it. The Principles of Unity have been sent out in a separate post to appropriate email lists, and will be published in the magazine and put on the web site.
The charette done by Madrone, Jody and Ivory Fly had worked on Reclaiming's Mission statement. A small group worked on rewriting the statement which for many years has been in the back of the newsletter/magazine. They made a small but important revision to the old mission statement. Sunday we reached consensus to adopt this Statement and it has been sent out and will be published along with the Principles of Unity.
Reclaiming is a community of women and men working to unify spirit and politics. Our vision is rooted in the religion and magic of the Goddess the Immanent Life Force. We see our work as teaching and making magic the art of empowering ourselves and each other. In our classes, workshops, and public rituals, we train our voices, bodies, energy, intuition, and minds. We use the skills we learn to deepen our strength, both as individuals and as community, to voice our concerns about the world in which we live, and bring to birth a vision of a new culture.
Sunday's discussion focused on Reclaiming's structure. We looked at a proposed structure from the Beverly/Anne Hill/Starhawk charette and heard challenges and problems articulated by the Macha/Laura/Tami/Talia charette. We broke into small groups to come up with new structures, and after much discussion reached consensus upon a new structure for Reclaiming. Our diagram will be sent out in hard copy to all who were active and on-leave members of the collective prior to Sunday, to others who request it, and will be posted on our web page (see below).
Following is my (Starhawk's) attempt to describe it verbally:
CONSENSUS: We dissolve the group known as the Reclaiming Collective, and in its place we adopt the following structure, which will remain in place for a year and a day before major changes are made to it:
Representatives will rotate on an annual basis, but the terms will be somewhat longer or shorter for the first year or two so that rotations can be staggered and continuity of experience be kept. Two representatives will not rotate: the Financial Officer as one representative of the Administrative Cell, and the Spider (described below.)
CONSENSUS: Cells are empowered to communicate with and work with each other as desired and needed. These lines of communication and relationship are not reflected on the diagram.
Following is the list of cells and the number of representatives each is entitled to on the Wheel:
Draw a bubble that includes the three Teachers' Cells. They are encouraged to meet together at least once a year in a Teachers' Caucus for the purpose of ongoing training, development of classes and programs, and policy-making.
CONSENSUS: We now create an Advisory Council which for a year and a day will consist of members of the "current collective" (active and on-leave members of the Reclaiming Collective prior to Sunday, November 9, 1997), each having the right, but not being required to be on it. This Council is charged with defining core values, criteria for its future membership, and deciding how it will work in the suggested areas of ethical accountability, mediation, conflict resolution, thealogy, ordination, vision, mission, etc. It is also charged with implementation of the new structure and is accountable to the Wheel.
In discussion, our vision of what the Advisory Council will ultimately include Elders, however we will define them, and community members.
CONSENSUS: We institute a moratorium on any new extra projects using our 501C3 until the new structure is created with clear policies defined. This is the kind of decision that the Wheel is empowered to work out before the expiration of a year and a day.
There was also discussion of whether or not some of the political projects should be linked into a Social Action Cell. This is a possibility that can be further explored, but for now, since it does not yet exist, we did not diagram it.
We are aware that we cannot represent all forms of communication in a diagram - and that much communication will always go on among and between all these parts.
The Bylaws will be changed to reflect these changes in structure. Vibra and Macha have volunteered to do this within a year and a day.
Star and Rose will articulate the structure in words that now exists in graphic form.
ECell will communicate new structure to all cells: all three Teachers Cells; all three Ritual Planning Cells; Ecell; Inside Cell, Samhain Cell, Administrative Cell; Magazine Cell; and Special Projects Cell.
Agreed: Star will send the Reclaiming Principles of Unity to the Ecell to be posted to the Restructuring list and other appropriate lists and to the Magazine. She will also take them to the Austin meeting of the Witch Camp web.
The Reclaiming Collective is no more. Long live Reclaiming!
Rose and Vibra will replace the outgoing members of the Triad. Rose will serve for a year, Vibra for six months with option to renew. The Triad will decide the following matters: charge card, storage space.
Advisory Council will have its first meeting Tuesday, January 13, 1997, gather at 7:00 p.m., start at 7:30.
CELLS TAKE NOTE: The Wheel will have its first meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 1997 at 7:00 p.m. CELLS please choose representatives by that date!
Date: November 11, 1997
|Rose May Dance||M. Macha NightMare|
|Vibra Willow||Judy Foster|
|Beverly Frederick||Patti Martin|
(on leave of absence)
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