One of the most sacred times in the life of a congregation is when the congregation enters into preparation for its Chapter of Affairs and Chapter of Election. At this time, there is a deep call to engage in communal discernment as the congregation creates its Chapter initiatives and it calls forth the leadership team. CommunityWorks in facilitating these events uses Otto C. Scharmer's transformative work as the bases of their process design. Scharmer's work called Theory U identifies one process with five steps that is totally communal, deeply reflective, and leads to a new way of thinking. In the attached document, Debbie Asberry, Senior Consultant at CommunityWorks, applies Scharmer's theory to the communal discernment pertinent to the Chapter of Election.
Communities are steeping themselves in a contemplative stance as they fulfill their mission and in how they choose to govern themselves. The following four modules provide a support to help small groups consider embracing three life stances of contemplative noticing, being a non-defended learner, and being non-violent. The modules are self-contained and self-explanatory. They offer processes for engaging in a contemplative practice.