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Gathering Well Learning Lab


Welcome to the RMS Gathering Well Learning Lab! Why a “learning lab”? More than hearing from any sort of expert or joining to get the right checklist for planning a gathering, this will be a place for dialogue, learning with and from one another, and actively testing out models for gathering and participating in digital spaces and small group gatherings. Each session will include something to take with you to try out, with space at the next gathering to share learnings.


Each gathering will be focused on a central theme, with additional resources offered for deeper exploration. The five gatherings do build on one another, so attending most/all is encouraged, but not required. You are encouraged to attend as many as possible, for the sake of building this community and for the sake of increasing our own skill and capacity.

Outline of the Gatherings

Gathering 1:  What Makes Community?
Gathering 2: Creating Intentional Space
Gathering 3: Let's Talk! (Powerful Conversations)
Gathering 4: Who's invited and What Shape is the Table?
Gathering 5:  Ending Well


Evening Gatherings                                          Morning Gatherings
Monday, June 8, 5:30pm                                  Tuesday, June 9, 9:30am
Monday, June 29, 5:30pm                                Tuesday, June 30, 9:30am
Monday, July 20, 5:30pm                                  Tuesday, July 21, 9:30am
Monday, Aug. 10, 5:30pm                                 Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9:30am
Monday, Aug. 31, 5:30pm                                 Tuesday, Sept.1, 9:30am



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Deeper Dive Resources

Videos and Podcasts
Bishop Karen Oliveto: For the Living of These Days
How Urban Spaces Can Preserve History and Build Community
How to Build With Clay...And Community
How to Build Community When You Feel Isolated
Together Apart (Podcast) by Priya Parker​
 Overview of Open Space
What Businesses Can Learn from Refugee Communities
Faith Five from Faith Inkubators
An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter
Queer Eye (Netflix)


Community by Peter Block
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Digital Cathedral by Pastor Keith Anderson
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe
Future Search by Alan Weisbord and Sandra Jannoff​
Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
Open Space Technology by Harrison Owen