Thinking of joining a future group?

If you're building a world in which:

"Community ministry" can look like many things...
The thread that seems to run through everything you do is a quest for human connection and belonging. You have worked hard to create ways for this to happen, and you are yearning to find ways to support your own learning and growth on this journey. Perhaps you have thought about actually going to divinity school, formal ministry, or counseling, but you are not sure these are the right paths for you.

Spiritual pluralism is a core value...
Many don't identify with just one spiritual home. Whether raised in multiple faiths, distanced from their own tradition, or drawn to the cracks between affiliations; alt*divvers view such non-traditional identities as a strength, not an add-on.

Pursuit of justice = spiritual leadership...
We live in a world built on intersecting systems of oppression. In order to build cultures of courage, care, and wholeness, we must see the direct relationship between spiritual formation and the pursuit of justice.

Practical learning is in the books and on the ground...
There are artists, entrepreneurs, and movement builders who are already doing work in the world. They are seeking to integrate that work fully into their learning journey, instead of adding isolated "coursework" on top.

...then Alt*Div might be for you.

What it looks like:

Before we ever meet, we use the tools of Open Master's to invite big questions and listening to our guiding why; why we are here, and what might be calling to us this year, and beyond. A series of welcome calls and peer mentoring in June and July introduce us to each other and help us hone in on our shared questions and hopes.

Before we ever meet, we use the tools of Open Master's to invite big questions and listening to our guiding why; why we are here, and what might be calling to us this year, and beyond. A series of welcome calls and peer mentoring in June and July introduce us to each other and help us hone in on our shared questions and hopes.

Participants launch the year with the support, celebration, and accountability of the group.  Major touchstones  throughout the year include monthly check-in "Family Calls", mentor circles, and affinity groups and projects around shared themes. In the first half of the year we focus on  Foundations  of our spiritual practices, community, and self-directed learning. In the second, we  focus  and dive deeper into the questions and areas of interest that have risen to the top.

Participants launch the year with the support, celebration, and accountability of the group. Major touchstones throughout the year include monthly check-in "Family Calls", mentor circles, and affinity groups and projects around shared themes. In the first half of the year we focus on Foundations of our spiritual practices, community, and self-directed learning. In the second, we focus and dive deeper into the questions and areas of interest that have risen to the top.

AUGUST: A one-week process of translating purpose to action; goals to plans. Because we recognize this community to be a major source of support and accountability, significant time is invested into the relationships, shared interests, and common values of the group.

AUGUST: A one-week process of translating purpose to action; goals to plans. Because we recognize this community to be a major source of support and accountability, significant time is invested into the relationships, shared interests, and common values of the group.

The end of the year is a "sending" into what's next: a ritual of transition more than an end. We do the work of harvesting our learnings as a gift to each other and the larger community, as an opportunity to show appreciation and acknowledgement, and as opportunity to welcome the next group(s).

The end of the year is a "sending" into what's next: a ritual of transition more than an end. We do the work of harvesting our learnings as a gift to each other and the larger community, as an opportunity to show appreciation and acknowledgement, and as opportunity to welcome the next group(s).

 

Our year together will be bookended by closing and opening summer gatherings, with optional, smaller, thematic, regional, or cross-cohort gatherings in between. 

Our journey in between will be sustained by a steady rhythm of learning built around:

Your LEARNING GOALS:

  • A personal learning plan you will craft with our help and that of the community, perhaps including...
  • Exploration of new (or old) spiritual practices
  • Individual or group projects
  • Reading of sacred texts
  • Solo journeys
  • Creative expressions of what you are learning to the public (through art, writing, and other means)

Our COMMUNITY:

  • Monthly “family calls"
  • Participation in affinity groups
  • Peer mentoring relationships throughout the year
  • Leadership, hosting, or organizing roles in the community itself (our community is led from within)
  • One-off offerings related to what we're learning (such as book discussions and skillsharing)
  • Building relationships with mentors and elders in our community and beyond

Who Is Responsible?

While The Open Master's provides a frame for people to adapt and build upon together, such as some organizing principles, resources, partnerships, and experience in self-directed learning; each person has the power to determine their own experience, as well as equity in what we create together and how we work, play, and make decisions.

All of the work of coordinating existing and future groups is organized and stewarded by small teams of members working together to care for what is needed, including a small core organizing body.

Interested?

If this all sounds like you, please indicate your interest to stay in the loop for future invitations to join Alt*Div or walk with us in other ways!