The Order: Declaration and Formation

REPORT OF THE ORDER WORKING GROUP Springboard Gathering, Lake Junaluska, NC November 30-December 2, 2007

1.How to be available to supporting a diverse range of engagements and tasks

Be a resource for leadership formation for projects and organizations Be Support the guilds Be present to the deep contradictions and possibilities for resolving them

2.How to keep a focus on deep spiritual formation and not be an eclectic collection of methods Moving toward a list of core-values Moving toward covenants/vows appropriate for a 21st century “order” Not about meetings or imposing particular tasks on each other

3.How to derive the mission statement we can operate under while we evolve a name, forms, practices, etc. Review and refine our declaration Articulate our mission statement Moving toward common name, form, practices, for now we are simply those who relate under the name “Springboard” and if you like we can say we are the “Springboard group” and we are members of the Springboard group”

4.How to determine the structural components we need at this moment, including financial and institutional relations Springboard contact list Committees continue and make reports Personal pages in Repository An open leadership group Explore nonprofit status (9 month lead time needed) We will continue to use Springboard listserv The Repository Move to a model of economic self-sufficiency and shared expenses, e.g., travel pool Member formation process

5.Identify the resources that are emerging that can enable this body in its individual/corporate journey.

Earthrise Listserv OE Listserv Order Portal Gateway Springboard Listserv ICA-Dialogue Listserv Journey Reflection daily blog Resurgence publishing Repository Springboard Gatherings

--Submitted by George Walters for the working group



One of the products of this task force was a draft of a statement, building on the statement written at the Abbey North gathering, that would be the basis for those who would see themselves engaged in the common task of "Caring for Those Who Care". Those at the Junaluska gathering symbolized their commitment to the statement by all signing the statement. It was suggested that others who so agreed to the statement and wanted to have their name associated with it could do so by submitting their Personal Pages document. We consider the statement to still be a "working statement", but feel it is fundamentally a statement.

Toward a Declaration From the Springboard Gatherings

Lake Junaluska, NC, December 2, 2007

In recognition of the shared journey we have had and the resource we can be for each other and the whole Earth community, we commit ourselves to move toward the formation of a new body for the following purposes:

To carry forward the legacy of profound humanness in the experiences of the members of this body;

To develop the depth capacity of individuals and groups by sharing innovative and sustaining social, economic, ecological and spirit wisdom and methods;

To journey ourselves and broaden our experiences to increase our abilities to care;

To engage in the life and mission of this body and participate in developing its common life, symbols, practices and rituals;

To be an open community of people inclusive of multiple generations and cultures; and

To sustain our members in their diverse vocations of our profound function and intent.

-- Submitted by Jack Gilles on behalf of the Springboard Team
Topic revision: r4 - 31 Dec 2007, GordonHarper
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