In this episode, I introduce two principles for growing community that I have learned from my years of starting groups. In this era of prolonged social isolation, it’s revolutionary to still find ways to gather. I invite you to get your hands dirty with me and try. Transcript for this episode available here.

1:21 My parents first showed me how to grow community

2:25 Community is not incidental to our lives – it is our lives.

2:58 We create community in order to learn and address what we need.

3:31 The first principle of growing community

4:23 Frederick Buechner quote

4:44 The second principle for growing community

5:21 Agreements are a net catching us in groups

5:43 Examples of agreements specific to one group’s needs

7:22 Be willing to get messy and learn along the way.

7:55 This week’s homework

Resources: Mark’s Nepo’s website is: Read about Frederick Buechner at:  And consider listening again to Episode #4 where I first introduce the idea of agreements in conscious relating:

Podcast produced by Sal DeRosalia

Music composed and performed by Aimee Mia Kelley

Photo by Benjamin Combs on Unsplash

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