Facilitators are responsible to the UUCA for the operation of the MPG within UUCA governing documents, policies, and safety and other regulations. Facilitators are listed annually with the UUCA as part of the required annual report. No number of facilitators is specified, although the UUCA normally prefers a number greater than one. As a result, facilitators
should normally be members of the UUCA familiar with its published governing documents, policies and procedures. They should also normally have been practicing with the MPG and have been a church member for at least a continuous
year in each case, deeply involved in the life of both the MPG and church community so that they are thoroughly acquainted with the procedures and customs of both communities. Facilitators meet regularly to discuss scheduling programs (weekly and special events) and other intermittent business like finances. Although all members of the MPG are encouraged to receive credentials in Buddhist organizations with which they are affiliated, the MPG is peer led and lay led as well as non-sectarian.
(Adopted August, 2007; amended September, 2008)
The Caretaking Council is charged with responding to issues so pressing that there is no time to call a business meeting of
the sangha. In these circumstances the Caretaking Council particularly takes care of the identity, life, and practices of
the sangha. In no case will the Caretaking Council act on any matters dealing with the identity, life, and practices of the
sangha if there is time to call a business meeting of the whole sangha or otherwise detract from the sangha’s democratic
decision making. Facilitators will convene the Caretaking Council if they learn of such an issue requiring a rapid response.
Facilitators of the MPG may also bring personnel issues to the Caretaking Council seeking its advice or a decision. If
directly affected members wish to have the personnel issue brought before the whole sangha at a business meeting, that will
be done; and the business meeting can overrule any decisions made by the Caretaking Council or express disagreement
with its advice. The Caretaking Council itself has full initiative to convene if it thinks it appropriate to clarify
issues or exchange ideas or information. The Caretaking Council may invite facilitators or others at its own discretion,
unless facilitators have convened the meeting. Members of the Caretaking Council are particularly charged with attending to
discussion in constant Deep Listening for unmet needs among the membership of the sangha. They have full initiative,
separately and collectively, to explore ideas with members, to help members formulate their needs and dreams so that they
might be shared with all. Members of the Caretaking Council are elected for two year terms (initially staggered one and two
years upon institution.) To be nominated and to sit on the Caretaking Council one must have been consistently committed to
the practice and sangha-life of the MPG of Annapolis for at least six continuous months and evince a comprehension
of the Buddhadharma, an established personal meditative practice, and sangha-friendship toward others in the Mindfulness
(Adopted March, 2009)
The MPG of Annapolis exists to practice Buddhadharma, although it may occasionally examine other related practices for
purposes of comparison and/or to engage in ecumenical activities. The MPG is non-sectarian and celebrates the diversity of
Buddhist and other meditative orientations represented within the group, and welcomes participants from all contemplative
traditions to attend its programs. Programs may be proposed by those who have been consistently committed to the practice
and sangha-life of the MPG of Annapolis for at least six continuous months and who evince a comprehension of the
Buddhadharma, an established personal meditative practice, and sangha-friendship toward others
in the MPG. Those who wish to propose a Thursday program may contact any facilitator with a proposal, 150 words maximum.
Proposers of programs are encouraged to work with others and to integrate broad participation into their programs.
Facilitators will schedule proposed programs based on their general appeal, compatibility with the goals of the group,
participatory structure, and available time slots. Because introductory sections on Sunday are shorter and must be more
tightly organized, are more prone to misunderstanding or even disruption by the naďve, and generate more questions about
the dharma, Sunday programs will normally be done by the facilitators or those they invite to fill gaps in the schedule.
(Adopted August, 2007)
PRACTICE OF GRATITUDE AND GENEROSITY
As a spirituality group of UUCA, The Mindfulness Practice Group supports its members in adopting
meditative practices; all sessions and special events are directed at the goal of encouraging meditative
practice. In keeping with the Buddhadharma, we encourage a commitment to an ethical life in community,
including gratitude and specifically the virtue of dana, generosity. We commit ourselves to honor the
generosity shown us in space, time, and staff by expressions of gratitude including donations to UUCA.
We aim to maintain a reserve fund from money donated to us in order to support scholarship applicants who
wish to deepen their practice at retreats and events with honored teachers, yet we also commit ourselves
to express financial gratitude toward UUCA at least annually. (Adopted February, 2012)
GUIDELINES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO RETREATS AND OTHER DHARMA EVENTS
1. MPGA members may receive funding for one major event a year. However, attendance at less costly events such as local
Days of Mindfulness or All-Day Sittings is encouraged and support will not be limited to a single event in such cases.
2. Recipients of scholarships should be in financial need, meaning that attendance without aid would be difficult. Levels
if support will be determined on an ad hoc basis considering both level of need and funds available.
3. Recipients of scholarships should have attended regularly at least six months at the time of their
application and have an active, constructive involvement in the life of the sangha.
4. “Applications” may be as simple as an e-mail specifying the title and location of event, a break-down
of costs, an internet link (if available), and a few sentences on how the applicant believes that the event will benefit
him/her and the MPGA. The scholarship committee may seek more information.
5. “Applications” will be considered by a scholarship committee meeting with one of the facilitators.
6. Nothing in these guidelines can be construed to conflict with nor supersede any fiscal practices or guidelines of the UUCA.
The MPGA aims to operate with the utmost financial propriety.
(Adopted August, 2007; Amended April, 2010)
The Mindfulness Practice
Group is a spirituality program of the Unitarian Universalist
Church of Annapolis. Visit the UUCA Home Page HERE.
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