We begin with Mother Culture.
If mothers are not fed in their hearts and souls, if they are not centered settled in at least some aspects of their selves as persons and as mothers (and if children are born persons then mothers are surely persons also!), if the community does not seek to provide a safety, encouragement and growth (room to fail and encouragement to get up and try again) to mothers then the community cannot model love and relationship for the children.
Most of us were not raised with the tools of habit, of willpower, or taught a language with which to know and describe our inmost selves. Mother Culture asks us to first learn these things ourselves and then to pass them to the children as they have opportunity to see that our feet are set in a “large room”.
What do Mother Culture Meetings look like?
For 2021-2022 the plan is to meet once a month. This gives us 12 meetings a year and we ask that people commit to attend half of them in order to foster the relationships upon which our community depends. At this point we plan to meet in person whenever possible but may go to virtual or a mix if that seems prudent or necessary.
September to February Mother Culture Meetings
We will be using the excellent materials from The CMEC’s 2019 Summer Retreat
The topic is Formation of Character in ourselves and our children and Celeste Cruz and Amy Snell gave six talks which are available on mp3. We will listen to one talk prior to each meeting and then discuss them along with the handouts. Registration is $20 with five or more participants. I will send an email with a link to each mother so that she can register at the group discount price.
I will be closing Registration on August 30th so that everyone has time to listen to the first mp3 before we meet on September 30th.
Meeting dates are:
November 18th (the 25th is Thanksgiving)
I am planning to hold a mini retreat in the Fall Term on an evening or for part of a Saturday. This will be held in person and include a meal, speaker, break out discussions, fellowship and prayer. The location will most likely be in Western Massachusetts.
We combine fellowship and learning and commit to staying in touch with one another via email, Facebook, and Instagram, and by writing a note (yes, snail mail!) to one other mother once a month.