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 email@example.com or Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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