How does Beguine Again support itself?
We are supported through membership and donations and a generous grant from the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church. The grant, though, will be ending on 12/31/2015.
Is Beguine Again a church?
It is considered a new church start. But we act as a spiritual networking community focusing on that which brings us greater life. We are associated with Lake Washington United Methodist Church.
Is Beguine Again Christian?
It is sponsored by a Christian organization and led by a Christian, United Methodist pastor. However, the writers come from diverse walks including atheism, Buddhism, and Christianity. I know that our readers are also diverse including Bahai, Spiritual-but-not-Religious, and others. We allow people to hold to the reality that they experience while encouraging all of us within our paths to seek transcendance.
Why Beguine Again?
Because we all believe that regular spiritual practices can lead us closer to the Source.
Code of Conduct or Policy
Beguine Again is an extension ministry of Lake Washington United Methodist Church. Our intent is to promote a cohesive, safe, diverse, and inclusive community. We will do this in two ways: by caring for one another, and by promoting the transformation of our thoughts and beliefs so that all may feel safe, included, and loved. This forum is appropriate for all.
We ask that you:
1. Express your comments with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the group, especially toward those with whom you disagree — even if you feel disrespected by them.
2. Express your disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally.
3. Do not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. Always extend the benefit of the doubt.
4. Refrain from criticizing an entire religion or group for the beliefs or activities of a small minority within that religion or group.
Expanding upon this, we accept and affirm the dignity of every member, and we do not marginalize or condemn those with whom we disagree strongly. (The first three of the guidelines above were extracted from Sojourners Magazine's website.)
Appropriate responses include:
• Questions about things that have a direct bearing on your life
• Relating experiences so that we may celebrate and mourn our lives together
• General "getting-to-know-you" activities
• Articles and essays on the topics that we focus on (mindfulness, prayer, joy, thoughtfulness, gratitude, sabbath, and inspiration)
• Posts about local and regional groups, events, conferences, celebrations and the like are strongly encouraged.
For circumstances that exist outside the scope of these statements, the administrators and moderators of this group are responsible for determining what is appropriate for this forum and maintain the authority to act on this responsibility at their discretion.
Moderators and Moderation
The role of moderators
• This Community will have at least one designated moderator at all times. The current moderators are listed after this section.
• Moderators will use their best collective judgment to apply these guidelines in a fair way and moderate activities appropriately to ensure the overall health of this community.
• Moderators may not have the time or inclination to explain their moderation decisions and are under no obligation to do so.
• Any activity, comments, posts or other interaction that you have with this community may be moderated by the moderators of this community, with or without explanation.
• Moderators have the final decision on what is and isn’t acceptable use of this community.
• If you are not sure if something you want to post will breach community guidelines, please contact a moderator privately before you post it and explain your concerns; they will let you know how to proceed.
• In the event that you have a disagreement with a moderator, please contact the moderator privately and enter into a discussion with them.
Current moderators include Donna Pierce, Ruth Jewell, Jamie Dedes, James Cowles, Chrysty Darby Hendrick, Terri Stewart, and Lana Phillips.
Consequences of breaching guidelines
By taking part in this community, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you do not do so, the following actions may be taken against you or your posts (in ascending order):
Note that in some cases, a moderator may decide to apply a higher-level action against your or your posts immediately, without prior notice or warning.
• A request from a moderator to post appropriately in the community
• A warning from a moderator
• Removal of your post
• Time out from the Community
• Removal from the community
As always, if you are unsure about any part of these community guidelines, please contact a moderator before posting your response, they can advise you. We have never had a problem and don’t anticipate having problems going forward!
Treatment of other community members
Our community needs to remain a safe, mutually beneficial, and engaging place where members are treated with decency, courtesy and respect. This means:
• Treat others as you would wish and expect to be treated yourself.
• Be tolerant towards other’s behavior and accept that generally, other members of this community act in good faith.
• Give other community members the benefit of the doubt unless their behavior shows otherwise.
• Treat others online as you would treat them in real life; this means behaving with common decency, common sense, courtesy, and respect; you are not anonymous here!
• Do not make personal attacks on other members of this community.
• Do not make defamatory or false statements against others.
• Do not reveal private or personal information about other users.
• Do not make prejudiced comments, remarks or other statements about members.
• Do not bully, make ‘trolling’ remarks or otherwise start trouble with other community members.
Disagreeing with other community members
While we need to ensure proper behavior towards others in this community, we do not want to stifle discussion, debate, or occasional disagreement. It is also important that members feel able to properly express their opinions on various topics when it is appropriate to do so.
If you are engaged in lively debate or disagreement with other people, please keep the following in mind:
• In many cases, you will be arguing about ‘opinion’, and there may not be an objectively right or wrong answer.
• Remember that people are generally passionate about defending their beliefs and thoughts.
• Accept that other community members will have different thoughts and beliefs than you and respect that.
• Disagree with and discuss content and posts, not the people making them.
• Do not engage in personal attacks.
• If you are providing commentary, rebuttals, or feedback, please keep your comments positive and constructive.
• If you have a complaint about another community member, please initially take it up with them in a civil way via private message; if this doesn't work, please contact a moderator via private message.
The “Moderators and Monderation” section of this document was adapted from guidelines on HubPages by Paul Maplesden at http://paulmaplesden.hubpages.com/hub/Moderator-Guidelines-Template-Google-Plus-And-Other-Communities. CC (BY-SA)