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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:29 pm    Post subject: Seven Days: Rekindling the Tradition of the Open Home... Reply with quote

Good afternoon boys & girls, this is Brother Pateticus and I am a Friar with the Universal Life Church.

Back in the early days of being a Friar, we would show up in any given community as a homeless person with nothing more than the clothes on our backs and the powers that be to guide us, care for us and provide for us. We would pick a piece of uninhabited land and construct our own home, and there we would grow our sacrament.

Whather it was a selection of herbs for use with healing rituals, grapes for the making of wine or barley and hopps for the brewing of beer, we would then use the sanctuary and the unconditional provision of this sacrament to provide a caring backbone for he community.

Thus ordained and accepted, his home would become a Sanctuary, open to the public for anyone who needed it, and a variety of public events would take place there--the most popular being the sunrise and sunset sharing of the sacraments. Services would often include a humble meal and time to celebrate and socialize. The Friar, himself, would also be available for visitations and travels to the homes of others for the purposes of hospice-type care and education.

Because today's world involves so much bureaucracy and politics--not to mention the necessary use of power grids and sewer systems, the Friars have had to find ways to contribute to their communities not just spiritually, but financially. In other words, the Friars have had to evolve.

This evolution has taken place in the form of Social Entrepreneurship: caregivers, educators, mentors, parents, families and communities forming their own non-profits for the purposes of caring for eachother. Through the formation of ventures such as social clubs, co-ops and ministries, devoted individuals are able to make caring for others their way of life.

For the past year I have been able to focus on the development of a caring network by pairing up with a steady roommate. This has provided this co-op with a set of 'financial training wheels' while it reached a state of financial stability. While I am able to provide food and shelter for those that belong to the Co-op, utility bills and the space itself requires donations to operate and this is a vital part of our operation.

The roommate, generous in his patience and understanding, is ready to move on. This means that our expenses are about to double. With the nonprofit as the sole provider for a two bedroom apartment in Rocky River, this will rekindle the tradition of the Open Home--since everyone that contributes to the nonprofit will have access to the apartment.

When the co-op has the extra padding to do so, it will also be able to help others with their rent and utility bills and perhaps even the occasional speeding ticket.

Starting this Friday (July 3rd), we will be open to the public only on Fridays and Saturdays, where will be holding a series of family style barbecues, music circles and classes. This will give you a chance to get to know myself and the other teachers and parents involved in the program already.

The apartment, itself, will serve as a home base for the planning of field trips and outings which will take place as soon as we can afford them. Because our Youth Outreach is a Group Parenting/Community Schooling initiative, this also allows the apartment to serve as a comfortable home-based learning environment for the kids and families involved in the Co-Op.

In a few months, we will be able to open the home seven days a week. Individuals will be able to make use of the apartment in exchange for donating their time to the Co-Op, it's that simple. We have at our disposal one spare bedroom, a 5 disc DVD Player with surround sound stereo, broadband computer access, washer/drier and dishwasher.

So if you or anyone you know needs a kind place to stay, please spread the word. We'll be hosting open meals as often as we can and hope to eventually move out of the apartment and into a public space.

I cannot over-emphasize the importance of your involvement at this juncture. It's people that this is about and people that need to keep it going. Without the momentum of human involvement, the doors close and the community loses a valuable resource.

As for myself, I can be found at the Phoenix Coffee House every Tuesday and Saturday night at 8pm to meet anyone interested in being a part of this unique community outreach.

July 15th will be our next Night of Games at Cyber City (http://www.cybercitylakewood.com), your donation will get you in for all-night unlimited access to 12 networked computers, 2 big screen tvs and 2 projection tvs all for the playing of games and surfing the net.

If you'd like to know more or if you'd like to be more involved, please check my website at http://members.cox.net/pateticus/

This is how it begins....



Phil
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear the news, brother, & good luck. Wink

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Starting this Friday (July 3rd), we will be open to the public only on Fridays and Saturdays,

This Friday is July 1st.. or did you mean Sunday?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject: Duh... Reply with quote

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This Friday is July 1st.. or did you mean Sunday?


Sorry about that...I meant Friday the 1st...

Nobody ever shows up for the first one anyway...


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