This page is reserved for questions and comments that are relevant to S2L:
Are you expecting to present information via video? YES, A GREAT DEAL OF THE S2L PROGRAM WILL HAPPEN VIA VIDEO.
Are you having materials available to be downloaded? If so, where and when can I get the info? AGAIN, WE’RE WORKING ON IT. SOME OF THE MATERIALS MUST BE “STAGED”… YOU GET PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FIRST, THEN MORE ADVANCED INFO IN SUBSEQUENT WEEKS. WE WILL PROBABLY ARRANGE ALL OF THIS VIA DROPBOX, SO IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO WORK ON GETTING A DROPBOX ACCOUNT.
Rev. Joanne Rowden:
- I assume people only need to attend 1 of the introductory sessions. Is that correct? YES. WE CAN DO A NUMBER OF THINGS REGARDING THE TWO INTRODUCTIONS. YOU CAN REPEAT FOR STRAGGLERS, USE FOR DISCUSSION, ETC.
- Can people WAIT to sign up until after the introductory session so that they can decide after that whether they would like to participate? THE ANSWER IS NO… BUT, SINCE THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO ANYWAY, THE ANSWER IS YES!
HOWEVER, WE NEED TO GET AS MANY “CONFIRMS” AS POSSIBLE, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Rev Jane Hiatt:
When do the Sunday energy transfers begin? After the 12 weeks? Are they a monthly ongoing till our world changes?
I’m still working that out. Probably weekly, after the first few weeks of the training… like mid-September. (I want the participants to have some experience with the methodology, before we open the doors to others.)
We’ll get a feel for whether or not to continue after November, or retire until Spring. A group decision…
Rev Jane Hiatt:
What about attendance? In my experience people being available every week for 12 weeks is the exception, not the rule. Can we make it up online?
In our experience, a person missing one or two sessions can make it up online. However, once more than 3 sessions are missed, the energy of the group is negatively affected.
People should be encouraged not to treat S2L like a “class” that can be made up at their leisure. S2L is a commitment.
In our experience, if people know in advance when they have to miss a session, telling the group in advance helps to maintain the group cohesion and maintains their commitment.
Rev. Eileen Patra
I do have another question for you. Have you thought about how churches can compensate the facilitator of the program? Another Unity minister who is retired and attends our church has expressed interest in being the facilitator. This is perfect as I am not available on Tuesday nights and I know she will do an excellent job. I do wonder how to compensate her though as most classes are done on a 50/50 split with the church and facilitator. That does not seem like a fit here and I wondered if you have any thoughts.
As you said, the 50-50 sharing of fees is between Commonway and each of the local churches, for the fees you’ve collected. That said, each of the churches are free to apply their 50% share in any way that seems appropriate. Some sites intend to “discount” their share, making the program more affordable to the participants (see Rev Broderhausen comment). Others will use some or all of their share to compensate a facilitator. Still others will use volunteer facilitators, and put the money in their General Fund.
Rev. Rich Broderhausen:
Question: Does agreeing mean that we will be required to charge $240, or if our church is willing to take less of a %age is that flexible. I realize you may want to keep it uniform pricing for a variety of possible reasons.
Either way, we are still in! Thank you, Rich
Thanks for the question…
The short answer: YES!
The “standard” fees are $240 (or $180 for non-certification participants). That fee is shared between Commonway and the local churches.
The local churches can indeed “discount” that fee by taking a smaller share of the fee. Your church can “discount” the fee all the way to $120 (or $90…).
We decided to do things that way in order to accommodate the varying needs of the churches.
Rev Darlene Strickland said:
We’re still interested in opening this to our entire congregation and greater community. Not for them to become certified… but to participate for 12 weeks by having the information shared with them as appropriate (by those that are participating to become certified). Can you offer feedback or suggestions at this point?
I also plan to use this for a Sunday series of talks.
Regarding your desire to expand S2L into your congregation. We’ve discussed that, and came up with a few modifications that address your suggestions:
— People can sign up for either “certification” or as a “participant”. Participants are not certified, and pay a lower amount for the program. (Certification includes a lot more “homework”.) So, you can sign up as many groups of 20 or so as your church can hold! (And, you can enlist other churches in your area to host S2L, also. Looks like we will have 3 or 4 churches in the Greater Portland area participating.)
— ANYONE can come to the Sunday “Energy Transformation Sessions” (ETS). The more… the more powerful! A combination of people signed up for S2L and people who are not will be excellent. And, this can be a way to appeal to non-Unity folks.
— We are working out the details of an optional “Discussion Group” or “Study Group”. This could meet at any time of your choosing, and as frequently as you’d like. (The purpose of the discussion group would be to add some flexibility to S2L.) I like your idea of having the S2L certification-trainees act as facilitators in the discussion groups.
I hope this addresses your issues. Perhaps not as much involvement as you’d like, but definitely more than when we first started out! And: this is our PILOT effort… we may revisit all this in our major roll-out next year!
Rev Eileen Patra asked:
When you say the times for the Tuesday night training sessions will be consistently 7-9 pm does that mean it starts at 7 pm whether you are in eastern, central, mountain or pacific time?
Yes, a consistent start time, regardless of time zone. You will know that all the participants in your time zone are doing the same activities at the same time.
Is there a specific time for the Sunday meditation sessions?
Not quite yet. We’re aiming for 12:30pm, but I want to get input from those who are committed to S2L.
What will someone who is certified be able to do with this certification? What is the incentive for being certified?
We’re still working on this. The principal value is that certified facilitators will be able to offer S2L to others in 2018 and beyond. I really hope and pray that S2L 2018 will EXPLODE, and there will be a demand for people who can facilitate groups. (There will be some fee-sharing with the certified facilitators, which can act as an additional incentive.)
Rev Darlene Strickland said:
Will you provide an example of what one of the weekly training sessions would be like? This will be helpful in explaining the process and recruiting the certification candidates.
I’ll try to put that up today! [See “S2L Program” page: http://www.release-shadow.online/the-s2l-program/]