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Joy McConnell’s theory of starting new activities in Societies: In Ethical Societies we often don’t start an activity or program until we know there is a definite interest and enough people to make it worthwhile. WE MUST CHANGE THIS. What it takes to make a program or activity work is one person or a small group of people who are committed to be there ready to go with the program every time-someone… Read More »
BRAINSTORMED LIST OF WHAT ETHICAL SOCIETIES CAN DO TO HELP NEW MEMBERS FEEL MORE AS IF THEY BELONG From AEU Membership Workshop, October 1991, Westchester) People could really listen to them. Get them involved in small ways at first. Communicate often — phone calls, written materials. Establish relational/peer groups or new activities: potluck dinners, socials, dances, theater parties, improvizational theater, outreach, ethnic dinners, fall gathering (weekend away in the country), workshops… Read More »
Here are some sources to read more about the Affiliating stage:
Affiliating Question: How do newcomers know if they really belong here? Do they identify with Ethical Culture/Humanism? Answer: If Societies/Fellowships provide opportunities for building friendships and learning more about Ethical Culture/Humanism and this Society, if newcomers discover that they are compatible with the philosophy, way of life, people, organization, and values, they will feel comfortable affiliating with this Society. The most important process for newcomers at this stage is forming relationships with… Read More »