Meta~Groups consist of 3-10 people who agree to meet for 1.5 -2 hours each week (for 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks) to participate in a specific interest, activity, or topic during that cycle.
Included in each session is a 15-20 minute period dedicated to discussing the relevant spiritual principle(s) that guide our human endeavors and influence our activities.
Each host determines his/her topic/activity for the cycle and sets the day, time and location with Shiloh's approval. Venue options: living room, spacious garage, protected back yard, office conference room, community center, library meeting room, etc. Requirement: it must be available at NO CHARGE and accommodate the chosen activity.
Each host personally invites attendees or receives a request to join through Shiloh. The host contacts the potential member and makes the decision to accept the request or not. NO specific location information is provided publicly nor to requesting individuals until the actual invitation is made by the host. (This process keeps the group from exceeding the 10 person limit; precludes "walk-ins" and helps to insure everyone's safety and comfort.) Exception: FREE Public places, i.e. libraries, are advertised via flyers. RSVP's are still required to insure that the 10 person limit is not exceeded.
- There is NO FEE charged for attending a META~Group. EXCEPTION: Science of Mind-Shiloh curriculum study groups where a tuition and a materials charge are applied. SOM/Shiloh curriculum groups are teaching sessions conducted by a SOM minister or practitioner
The host is responsible for preparing the space and managing the group's use of time during the exchange and discovery process, not teaching content. There is NO TEACHING REQUIRED of hosts. The group is oriented toward self-facilitation.
Every NEW host must attend a 3-hour training session prior to cycle start. Every host has access to coaching throughout their hosting period. NEXT "Host Training": (to be announced). PLEASE contact Shiloh (email@example.com) if you're interested in being a Meta~Group Host.
The Group Cycle...
The modified 6, 8, 10 or 12-week cycle is determined by the Host and Shiloh leadership. The sessions will start and end within the designated 3-month cycle period.
Wk 1: meet & greet, plus topic overview; each person makes the commitment to the group to attend all sessions and appropriately participate.
Wk 2 + (until Community Service week): participate in the activity/topic, with 15 minutes of each session spent in discussing/applying relevant spiritual principles, via insights from the activity, heightened spiritual perspective, etc.
Last week of group: Group-selected community service activity.
Shiloh site visitation--During the last week of cycle: celebration of group experience; group participants share @ Shiloh during that week's regular gathering.
Upon completion of each cycle, there is a break of 2-3 weeks, followed by the next cycle (3 cycles per year). Each person may choose to continue with the same group, join a different activity group, OR host a group, etc.