The purpose of the Forum is the stimulation of discussion and the sharing of information, ideas and, where suitable, feelings. We are all volunteers and we all want to feel comfortable here. Forum topics are decided upon by consensus, two months in advance. Everyone is welcome to attend Forum gatherings and encouraged to participate. We try to discourage partisan prejudices in our discussions.
Forum roles will be three : moderator, presenter, discussion members.
Forum gatherings begin with a presentation of facts and ideas, about a group-selected topic, lasting about 15 - 20 minutes. After the presentation, we hope that the presenter will limit his further participation to responding to questions of information, or perhaps to offering additional information which may become pertinent during the development of the discussion. The presenter will avoid dialogue with any member.
The moderator will use his judgment to enforce these guidelines. Other members follow and support the moderator's lead in this function.
At 10:15 a.m, the moderator will briefly summarize the discussion and close the formal part of the meeting. Informal discussions may continue as long as members care to stay. Room 6 will be available for Forum attenders who wish to continue discussion after leaving the Fireside Room. However, the time for vacating the room comes at 10:15 or thereafter when the first robed choir person or CRE person appears outside the doors.
On the occasions when the early service isn't yet finished, we exit quietly.
2nd draft, 1/4/04, G. Schwaar