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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: What is your calling?
"What is your calling in life?"
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Mystery
Do you have a unique gift? Can you live a life that expresses this distinctive approach? Can you know where we are going, the effects of what you do, what will benefit yourself and others?
 
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One hour meeting at a downtown cafe to review the topic 'What is your calling?' Each participant can select one Perspective to discuss, esp. with regard to their own position in life.

Action. Go downtown and spend thirty minutes handing out Visionary Society pamphlets on 'What is your calling?' Talk with each person briefly, explaining our purpose and how to get more involved.
 
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Money
"What is the place of money in your life?"
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Quest: Money
 
Mystery
What is the place of money in your life? Should you set a limit to prosperity? Can the use of money be a force for good? If so, what are just economic relationships? How much time should you spend getting and spending money? How much should you sacrifice for material success?
 
Meeting description
Money is magical. Can it buy freedom? Can we be free from its tyranny? Can we be responsible for what we do for work and how we use our money?

Public action: Every bureaucrat says the same thing, “I’m just doing my job”. This is one of the main ways that our lives our suppressed. Let's find a few bureaucrats and ask them for a little bit of exquisite sensitivity.
 
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Suffering
"How much do you suffer? Can suffering be used for self-transformation?"
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Mystery
Understand what is true about each perspective. Decide on a pathway that you can use to respond to your own suffering in a way that transforms it.






 
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How should we respond to suffering? Can we respond without wallowing in self-pity? Or can we turn it into a song?
Suffering can help us find what’s at the very root of our life. Or it can be debilitating, destructive, impossible to endure. In this meeting we will explore several insights about suffering (from Abraham Heschel, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Buddhism). Then, we will engage in Practice (Visionary meditation), to see the place of suffering in our own life. Finally, we will see how we can use suffering for self-transformation.
 
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Give back the night
"Do what it takes to make night safe for women"
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Mystery
Liberty to walk at night is an essential part of freedom, needed for self-knowledge and personal development. It’s we men who are responsible, and it’s we who must give – by mastering our own identity.
 
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It’s easy to blame others for violence in society. But the roots of violence run deep, and we are all responsible to some extend. Let’s begin by meeting to explore the subtle, indirect (as well as obvious) ways we make violence possible. Then, let’s go onto the streets to ask others to join with us in self-transformation for the sake of the innocent victims.
 
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Who are you?
"Who are you? What is your deepest truth?"
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Visionary Society is not possible until we become capable of it. To start, let’s find out who we are at present. In this meeting, we’ll explore basic questions about our identity with guided meditation.
Action. Wherever strangers ask ‘How are you?’ they are opening up a great possibility, for self-recognition. Let’s not waste that opportunity. Let’s turn ‘How are you?’ into ‘Who are you?’.
 
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Profound peace
"Set up a Peace Brigade for a particular conflict"
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Why do we fight our own brothers? Is force necessary? Can we resolve conflict before it starts? Can we love our adversaries? Can we put an end to war in ourselves?
 
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Peace is more than the cessation of fighting. Profound Peace means living in a way that the other person is as important as you. Let’s begin with one conflict, striving to understand the position of those we oppose. Then, we can begin to set up a Peace Brigade of people on both sides.
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Police Pledge
"Ask police officers for exquisite sensitivity"
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Mystery
Enforcing the law is important, but so is responding to the living human being in front of you.
 
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Police work is necessary, but not very inspiring. It suppresses rather than inspires. It is the use of force to enforce laws. We can do a little better. Let’s meet with police as friends, to help each other think about deeper ways to respond to people in trouble.

Enforcing the law is important, but so is responding to the living human being in front of you. Respond to conflict by transforming the conflict situation. Help those in trouble, including victims and those causing harm. Look at evil with the eyes of a mother.
 
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Gathering Type: Celebration
"Celebration of the Good"
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Let's meet with friends and frenemies for an evening of readings on wonderful works. Focus this meeting: Quest.

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

If you like you may bring a work of art to share - any reading, video, etc. Participants may bring anything they like, no matter how recent, unknown, or unconventional, as long as it reminds us, somehow, of the potential grandeur of life. But there is no need to bring something - we have plenty of wonderful works available!

We will also have a talking circle, to check in and express our thoughts and feelings about what is truly important.

Visionary Society will provide light snacks and drinks. We'll gather at the apartment of an organizer (or other homey location).
 
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Gathering Type: Meeting (or Action)
Topic: Friendshape your friendships
"Are true relationships possible? What are true relationships?"
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Is isolation inevitable? Do relationships have to break apart or fade away? Or can they be restored, redeemed, purified, elevated?
Can we transform a romantic relationship so that it becomes a force for establishing humanity? Can these relationships occur by chance only? Or can we create love in society? Is it possible to create a model for Visionary Friendships in practice?
 
Meeting description
The way we have been trained to think of relationships is static, limited, fatal. Normal relationships, whether they are casual friendships or romantic love, are the pursuit of beings who are essentially alone. We never reache the , and therefore we remain isolated.
What is real relationship? Visionary relationship is a response to the mystery of loss, mortality, isolation. It is recognition that we are on parallel paths, building a common visionary world. Relationship means mutuality. It requires more than a simple exchange. It means that we something about each other. Relationship means that we are no longer alone in the world.
In this meeting we will engage in Practice (Visionary meditation) to explore the quality of our existing relationships. We will review Martin Buber’s view of the I-you relationship, and Jiddu Krishnamurti view that an ambitious person cannot love.
Finally, we will discuss a possible action, Friendshape. Friendshape is for those you want to keep alive in your heart, including an alternative marriage contract.
 
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Celebration of the Good
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Let's meet with friends and frenemies for an evening of readings on wonderful works. Focus this meeting: Quest.

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

If you like you may bring a work of art to share - any reading, video, etc. Participants may bring anything they like, no matter how recent, unknown, or unconventional, as long as it reminds us, somehow, of the potential grandeur of life. But there is no need to bring something - we have plenty of wonderful works available!

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Take 2 Minutes to calculate your carbon footprint
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Solving climate change requires reducing carbon emissions. When you offset your footprint, you neutralize your emissions by protecting forests that absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
It’s easy to determine your carbon footprint, and how it compares to others.
Take 2 minutes and head over this site
 
 
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Interest: Climate change
Purpose: Educate
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Improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.
Feral, stray and pet cats.. Vaccines. Healthier cats. Save money.
 
 
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The mission of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.
Also known as FCCO, we are a non-profit spay/neuter program that was founded in 1995. We have helped more than 100,000 cats and remain the only organization in the area dedicated to providing the level of services that we do for feral and stray cats. For each feral or stray cat in our care we request a donation of just $40, but never turn a caregiver away even if they cannot contribute. This program is known as trap-neuter-return.
We also provide low-cost spay/neuter services for pet cats through partnerships with the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund and Spay & Save program. Our pet cat program began in April 2016.


FCCO is a spay/neuter program for cats. Our services are no-cost for feral, stray, and barn cats (donations requested) and low-cost for pet cats, including vaccines. We serve Oregon and SW Washington.
FCCO is a spay/neuter clinic for cats and does not offer full-range veterinary services.
Despite our low cost, we provide safe, high-quality care, complete with pain medication. All surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians who practice high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter.

FERAL & STRAY CATS:
Trap-Neuter-Return
These services are targeted for feral cats who have people, known as caregivers, feeding them. The caregivers trap the cats, bring them to a clinic, and return the cats to where they are being fed. These services are provided for a suggested donation of $40 per cat.
Feral and stray cat services include the spay/neuter surgery, FVRCP (distemper) and rabies vaccines; treatment for fleas, ear mites, and other minor medical conditions; and has his or her right ear tipped for future identification. Cats that appear to be suffering, as determined by a veterinarian, are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV); all positives will be euthanized. Click here for feral or stray cat info.

LOW-COST SERVICES FOR PET CATS
SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES
FCCO offers low-cost services for all pet cats, including for people qualified through the Spay & Save program and those presenting the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund coupon. The cost per cat ranges from $15 - $60.
Pet cat spay/neuter services include: Spay or neuter surgery, pre-anesthetic exam, anesthesia, and tattoo (near incision to indicate cat has been spayed).
ADDITIONAL SERVICES
For an additional cost, vaccinations and other treatments may be provided if requested when scheduling. Additional services are only provided with a spay/neuter surgery. Click here for more pet cat info.

Costs for Services: http://www.feralcats.com/prices

 
 
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Members of the St. Joseph High School cross-country team in California invited more than a dozen shelter dogs to accompany them on their morning run this week. I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun ... the dogs or the kids," coach Luis Escobar said. "Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon."
 
 
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HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM TAKES LONELY SHELTER DOGS ON THEIR MORNING RUNS
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Help create a center that can serve as a shelter, meeting space, and a base for a series of activities and projects. Members of the Association (all of whom are homeless) design their own hygiene projects, food collection and cooking programs, and other basic service activities.
 
 
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Additionally, they participate in a series of counseling programs with the aim of reconstructing their life histories and "rescuing" their humanity. One such activity involves writing letters to their family members.
Walter has mobilized a team of wealthy housewives to write the letters as Association members dictate them, thus providing both a therapeutic counseling session for the homeless individuals, and an eye-opening experience that allows people removed from the problem to understand it better and begin to see street people as human beings with complicated life histories.
In addition to providing their own basic services, the Association gives homeless people a mailing address and a closet to store their belongings; promotes collective cultural events, sports, and other leisure activities; and provides a space for them to discuss their experiences with each other. Existing members serve as outreach workers to draw other homeless adults into the program. Perhaps most importantly, the Association gives street adults a sense that they belong to something, a novel feeling given their extreme state of abandonment and social disassociation.
Walter is also forming a cooperative employment agency of street adults. Many such employment agencies exist and recruit homeless people for day labor, often under exploitative conditions. By creating their own agency, members not only will be involved in a productive activity and generate their own income, but also they will be in control of setting their own working conditions and rights.


Establish partnerships with professionals who can lend assistance
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Walter recognizes that if he invests all of his efforts in working directly with street people, he will never catch up. The numbers of homeless people are increasing too rapidly, and the amount of time it takes to achieve full social integration and independence of single homeless person is immense. With this in mind, he has made the strategic decision to work increasingly with various sectors of society, to sensitize them to the problem and identify appropriate ways they can participate in the solution.
Walter has established a diverse array of partnerships with professionals who can lend various types of assistance. For instance, he is working with medical professionals and psychologists to set up unique drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs within the Association. He is channeling the efforts of other professionals into various job training activities, technical assistance, management consulting for the cooperative, and one-on-one counseling.
Walter is also creating spaces for discussion and debate regarding homelessness. He has established a series of fora in universities (targeted especially to social work students) and businesses, through which he challenges people to diagnose Brazil's homelessness problem in more complex ways, and to identify where they can best contribute to the solution. He seeks to institutionalize these events as regularly scheduled activities and to integrate them into existing university course curricula.
Walter sees the Association as a demonstration site that will serve as a model for homelessness programs in other cities. Once consolidated, he will actively spread his approach throughout Brazil.

Walter Varanda seeks to simultaneously rescue the individual humanity and dignity of existing street adults and transform the way society views and treats the problem of homelessness. To do so, he has developed a three-pronged approach. First, he is working directly with the adult street population, empowering them to organize and provide basic services for themselves. He has established an association run for and by street people, which addresses their basic needs and helps them to reintegrate into society. By identifying their most pressing needs and collectively designing appropriate solutions to their own problems, this association of street people breaks the pattern of assistance still prevalent among Brazilian churches, nongovernmental organizations, and government programs.
Second, Walter is working with existing social service organizations and other professionals who want to help. He is changing the dominant model of paternalistic service provision among organizations that currently work with street people. He is helping them transform their methodology from one that encourages passivity and dependence to one that allows street people to take control of their own lives. Walter is also reaching out to various sectors–upper-class, middle-class, business people, professionals, housewives, and others–to help them understand the complex problem of homelessness and involve them in constructive opportunities through which they can contribute to the solution.
 
 
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Fight social exclusion by building a solidarity network between small business owners, neighbors and homeless people that recreates social ties at a micro level. Small local business owners (restaurants, hairdressers, opticians, etc.) who are able to easily provide during the day simple services that improve living conditions of homeless people, such as access to restrooms, a phone call or a glass of water. All neighbors of a district - whereas they are homeless or not - contribute to reinforce social ties by exchanging simple services that change lives.
 
 
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Thanks to easy-to-understand pictograms, which allow to overcome language barriers, small business owners indicate on their shop window what kind of services they can offer, and at what time. Enabling the business owners to customize services and time is key to engage them and ensure homeless people are effectively welcome. Such a system helps every business owner to easily engage in the fight against social inclusion; it also reverses a well-anchored typical tendency in which the homeless are not the ones going towards the “mainstream society” out of fear of being rejected.
In addition, Louis-Xavier works hand in hand with social work organizations, such as local unities of the Red Cross, Les Restos du Coeur or Emmaüs, and other social structures to reach the homeless with information about Le Carillon, how it works and the location of small businesses that are part of the network.

1 Start in your own neighborhood.
2 Create a label to identify the small businesses willing to open their doors to offer what they can to the homeless.
3 Build around these small local business owners a wider community involving local residents to help with the management and development of this inclusive network.
The network’s management includes the organization of monthly events where residents and homeless people meet and spend time together in one of the labeled local shop without making any distinction between “helpers” and “helped people”.
Local residents have different opportunities to engage: they can either volunteer to locally operate the follow-up of the different labeled small businesses and organize events, or take up “consumer challenges” by consuming in the labeled small local businesses to obtain consumer coupons they can offer to the homeless people they meet.

In addition, Louis-Xavier made sure to offer the homeless the opportunity to take up on an active role to maintain and develop the community. As “neighborhood ambassadors”, they can be involved in communication towards other homeless people or endorse the role of mystery customers to test the recently labeled small business owners and make sure they are not interested in the label only to spin a good line with usual customers; they can also be active contributors of a new type of local events gathering the local community, such as soup kitchens in which they are the ones serving food to their neighbors. More importantly, Louis-Xavier encourages the homeless to take responsibilities along with other citizens in the local steering committees that pilot the network’s units (follow-up, organization of monthly events, etc.).

By embedding the social inclusion matter in the citizen’s everyday life, and giving the opportunity to the homeless to be an active contributor in the community, Le Carillon’s model provokes a significant mindset shift both in the citizens’ thinking about their role of changemakers, as well as in the way homeless people see themselves.
 
 
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