Here we publish assessments of our various courses.
Samplings of what participants were saying follow below. Other assessments are found at the end of each syllabus.
This course is important to me. Tradition can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be harmful. I am encouraged by my ‘Methodist’ roots that John Wesley suggested: Reason, Tradition, Scripture, and Experience. Our faith is most viable when informed by Scripture, experience, tradition and reason. One does not preclude another, Scripture is primary, supported by the other three. We are all given the ability to think (reason) the opportunity to participate (experience) and remember (tradition) in our faith journey. Scripture serves as our guidebook, and GOD encourages us to use all these gifts to be, become and build the beloved community here on earth, for such a time as this! May we each carry these gifts along the way.
Our class was so great--we have come so far, trusting one another with our words and trusting the process. I loved it! It was very meaningful; in fact, I will remember this month of sessions for decades to come.
I am reflecting and feeling empowered that there is a place for me and for my contributions in this world. . . . And to the other women in this class -- you are valuable and you matter, too. I treasure the sharing that you have done and look forward to upcoming sessions.
I loved this session. I loved being accountable and not being able to run away and hide -- knowing that I needed to put my best foot forward and write and post and share.
I loved how we went around and passed the talking stone. I appreciated how Karen rang the bell as if to clear a space after each item # and after some postings.
A-ha moment -- I love the FastWrite knowing that, at the end of the allotted time, there are a group of women waiting to share.
I love how much passion I had for this writing class. . . . I feel inspired and grateful to be a pioneer participant in this virtual course.
Gift: finally to have the moment where women gather and share their words. It is truly as amazing, if not more so, to do this on-line. I can't wait for more!
I liked getting ready to do the actual writing -- creating a sacred space by my computer, lighting a candle, preparing to introduce myself. . . . Overall, I feel extremely grateful to be able to be a pioneering participant in co-creating sacred cyber circles.
The writing process is magical for me -- transformative -- with me all week. By the end of today's session, I was less focused on the screen and could imagine each of us in our places creating this circle. Amazing again!
Thank you again for this experience. I feel grateful to be part of it -- even teasing out the technical challenges!
I am truly enjoying the fast-write, and I loved the Mary Oliver poem from which our prompts came.
Gifts: So many I don't know where to begin. It seems like most of the kinks have disappeared from the technology and that the writing/sharing is jelling and extends beyond the time we spend in class. The writing is amazing. I don't want this course to end.
There's something about the collective energy of writing women, even here in cyberspace, that creates a synergistic field that allows me to access and connect with deep parts of myself that might not be possible otherwise.
I liked listening to the audio part with the poem being read. That was great.
The opening poem was moving, and I may do more with it as we didn't seem to go back to it.
Challenges: It's hard for me to fastwrite in my journal [and then to] mine it for the readaround, type it in and read the instructions. Maybe I should do it on my computer so I can cut and paste.
We are really coming together as a group! This session was the smoothest yet. Karen did a great job as facilitator plus all of us are getting the hang of the technology. . . . I can't believe how easily Women Writing processes translated to a virtual environment!
The gift was the power and generosity of the word - hands down - far outweighed the challenges.
Phebe was grace under pressure. The women of our circle still managed to maintain the container. Thank you for the wonderful writing and for sharing yourself. I am grateful, grateful.
These soul messages are difficult today as they follow our last class -- sweet, sweet, tears. I am so grateful and my "heart is humble" for being invited to participate in this event. It has impacted me tremendously, and I am sure I will be unwrapping gifts for a long, long time yet to come.
The last 6 or so years have been pretty tough ones in my life. Some ugly incidents brought home to me what a ‘man show’ our Catholic community is. Reflecting back, it almost seems like someone pulled the rug out completely from under my feet. When I stood up, everything looked different. Having grown up in a fairly 'obedient, conservative' Catholic home, I was more accustomed to defending the Church than asking questions of it. Not only was I challenged by people around me, I was also being challenged by myself. Struggling with loyalty to community versus loyalty to my sense of self and personal integrity; gaining confidence in the way 'I' thought when it was different from 'group think'; learning to speak up; trying to figure out the growth opportunities in the crisis; trying to figure out why things are the way they are in the Church; trying to manage this all on my own -- were some of the obstacles I faced. Happily, I think I am pulling through and rising up enough to feel that I can make a contribution for positive change. Thank you for deepening my understanding.
On Developing Management Skills . . . .
The opening sessions increased my interest in problem solving. I had just been working on a long term project and was fascinated by 'the critical path', and had just been doing reading on strategy. The course fit in with my current interests.
The level of instruction was just about right for me. I had some familiarity but still lots of questions and blanks in my knowledge. I had most difficulty with the strategy and critical path sessions because they were the most unfamiliar.
I thought the sessions were quite balanced. I loved the links to on-line resources especially since I had trouble finding the recommended books in and through my local library. Videos were great illustrations. I would suggest that there be more on-line resources.
Loved the probative questions that made me reflect on my own life experience--very illuminating and easier for the lesson to be learned.
In each session there was a moment when I saw how this applied to my life and work right now. These were great moments and I thanked God that I had stumbled upon this course.
Overall I loved this course! Thank you so much and I apologize for letting my outside commitments get in the way. This course has been a blessing for me in so many ways. Thank you!
I greatly appreciated the exercise of listing five people who have supervised me and then evaluating their communications with me and then their effectiveness as supervisors. Very illuminating. I loved all the exercises. They made me think about my skills in a non-judgmental way.
I found the five rules of image making illuminating and useful in evaluating an image's effectiveness. I can use this in my work. The video of black children and the doll test was especially chilling and drove home the power of image to skew people's sense of self worth.
I liked how you set the stage for our learning circle. Made me feel like I was in a classroom / discussion group.
This was important to me personally because I see so many places in my life that I stepped through blindly instead of taking the time to gain the information necessary that would have made the process smoother, easier and more fun.
For more details on our methodology, click on "Aaron Interviewed by Stephanie Gould."
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