What to Expect at the Utah County CALM Chapter Meetings

Lately, I've had several people ask me what the CALM meeting is like. Let me give you the details here.

Dennis Borg and I co-chair the CALM meetings.

When & Where
We alternate hosting the meeting at our homes on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. E.g. the next CALM meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 at Dennis' home in Orem. The following meeting will be at my home Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 at my home. RSVP to bc.fisher@yahoo.com or Dennis at db0942@gmail.com to get the address and help us get an idea of who is coming. (Dennis isn't always able to respond in the same week because of his work schedule, so you may want to send email to us both to get a response back quickly.

Meeting Format:

7:00 - 8:00
Generally, there are about 20 people. We are a new group, so we spend a considerable amount of time introducing ourselves by sharing stories and experiences.

8:00 - 9:00
Then we may discuss a relevant topic, such as how to still interact with our still believing family & friends.

9:00 - ?
After that, there are generally some refreshments to be eaten, and smaller groups will break off for a bit, then we go home.

What to expect:
Its very therapeutic. Everyone I've met so far is very nice & open, and generally fairly educated about the history of the church. We don't generally sit around and bash anyone. Generally, we are a respectful bunch of folks willing to discuss things openly. Not much like an Elder's Quorum meeting or Relief Society Meeting at all. I promise that you won't go to sleep.

All meetings are confidential. We ask all attendees to keep what is said in the meetings, at the meetings and to themselves. We respect each other's privacy. We don't publish names or pictures of the event, nor do we write any specifics about what has transpired, to encourage open discussion and healing.

You will probably come away feeling better about yourself, confident in your path, and even feel content about not knowing everything anymore.

I look forward to seeing you!


Merilee said…
I have to say that I am more than a little intrigued by your CALM group! My parents were members of the church until just after my 8th birthday. After deciding to leave themselves, but because they didn't want to "decided" for me, I spent the next few years attending church sporadically with the families of my friends. It wasn't until I was involved in a Baptism for the Dead experience at the temple that I realized I was definitely out of my comfort zone! I wish you all the best luck as you continue to find your way after taking such a big step!
Brent said…
Nice to Meet you Merilee. I actually first found your blog because I've been browsing sometimes for people who may be interested in affiliated coaching opportunities with Colleen's new Menu Planning Website: www.minutemenuplan.com. I thought it might be something you might be interested in.

But it is such a pleasure to talk to other post mormon's as well. I'm glad that your parents were able to see the light. I must admit, that Logan's 8th birthday was a big turning point for me as well because it really forced my hand as to whether or not I would continue.
You can read about the highlights of the ordeal here of course. Enjoy!
Stephanie said…
hey! is there a SLC CALM chapter!?
Brent said…
Well, there is, I've attended once, and there was a Magician, held at a greek cafe in SLC. It was a blast! Ask Josh Kaggie! http://www.facebook.com/kaggie

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