What is Council?

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Council practice itself is a process of collective listening and reflection. In a Council circle, and based on a set of simple agreements, participants slow down and listen well—to both themselves and others—and to what they do not yet know. In the gradual development of a more collective awareness, relationships are strengthened, and community is built.

In the case of the CUHF, by acknowledging the full scope of the planetary crisis together, fears may be experienced (and perhaps transformed), insights and new levels of awareness engendered, and a sense of possibility and agency encouraged.

Council is a practice in authenticity. It requires a deep listening, rigorous discernment, a reverence for truth, and a steady commitment to transparency and fierce compassion.  —CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

Based on a range of traditional practices from both indigenous peoples and others, the practice of Council has always been fundamental to building collaborative insight.

To learn more about how Council is being used:
WAYS OF COUNCIL  |  HEART SOURCE  |  NEW ENGLAND COUNCIL COLLECTIVE

Or join members of the CUHF community for an introductory session on Way of Council practice, offered by The New England Council Collective, in either December 2022 or February 2023.  
WAY OF COUNCIL, AN INTRODUCTION

COUNCIL GUIDELINES

Speak authentically
Listen with attention and receptivity
Speak with brevity aware of sharing time with others
Be spontaneous in speaking rather than rehearsing
Observe confidentiality